​Executive Portfolio 

  • Four Sales Ltd., Co-owner, Headquartered in Mount Vernon District,
  • Verizon, Vice President (Retired) -- International Policy and Regulatory Affairs, 
  • Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Senior Associate

An Experienced Advocate for Children, Education and the Mount Vernon District

As a parent of two very different styles of learners, I understand the importance of having an educational environment that is both rigorous and flexible in meeting the needs of each individual child.  In an environment, characterized by accelerated growth and widespread diversity, this is not easy but it is essential.  We must be able to provide a world class education from early childhood, to the student who struggles with learning English as a second language, as well as the student who gets excited solving multi-variable calculus problems or wants to tell his story through journalism or documentary films. Our community has a rich history of developing leaders.  We owe it to that history to ensure Mount Vernon Students have a world class education in our community schools. I am committed to working full time to ensure each of our schools is a center of academic excellence.

Working Full-Time 

For Our Schools


  • FCPS Alumni:  Attended Quander Road ES, Bryant MS, Walt Whitman MS (at Old Mt. Vernon HS), Groveton HS (Graduate 1979)
  • University of Notre Dame, BA 1982
  • Boston University, MSM 1990 Distinguished Alumni Recipient for contributions to Alma Mater 2012

As a proud Mount Vernon native,
I am passionately committed

to our community and our schools.

I believe that every child has the right to a high quality education that allows them to achieve their academic and social potential.   My success as a community leader and international business executive is a direct result of my experience as a student of the public schools in this area. As Vice President of International Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Karen sat on individual corporate boards and operating committees of companies owned or partially owned by Verizon which contributed over $2 billion in annual gross revenues to Verizon's bottom line.

Daniel and I chose to send our children to public schools. I happily give my  time and energy as a PTA leader, coach, and advocate on numerous county advisory committees to advance the needs of all the students in Mount Vernon.

  • Chair - Task Force on Re-Purposing Old Mount Vernon High School (ISA)
  • PTSA President – West Potomac High School (2014-2015)
  • Past President – Belle View Elementary School PTA (2006-2008)
  • Chair and Mount Vernon Representative – Advanced Academic Programs  Advisory Committee (AAPAC) 2008-Present, (Chair 2011-Present)
  • Member - Business and Community Advisory Committee to the Superintendent of FCPS (2011-2014)
  • Member - FCPS College and Career Advisory Council (2013-2014)
  • Member - FCPS World Languages and Internationalization Working Group (2013-2014)
  • Member - TJHSST Admissions Advisory Working Group (2014-2015)
  • Member- Creighton University Parent Leadership Council  (2015-Present)
  • CCD Teacher -- St. Mary’s Parish (2000-2011, 1982-1989)
  • Coach -- Odyssey of the Mind (2005-Present)
  • Member -- Odyssey of the Mind Regional Board  (2011 - Present)
  • Member -- Inova Children’s Hospital Quality Board (2009-2014)
  • Member -- Inova Mount Vernon Hospital Development Council