Bringing the Music Resource Center to Cincinnati has been Karen’s passion for over two years. Karen believes “there are many programs out there for athletic kids, “smart” kids, artistic kids, but there are many teens that don’t fit into these typical programs. These are the kids that are falling through the cracks, the kids that are teetering on the edge, and with one false move they could do something that could irreparably change their life. Regardless of where one lives, what color their skin is, or how much money they have, music is something that all teens can relate to” She did some research, and found the Music Resource Center located in Charlottesville, VA. She contacted their Executive Director, and shortly after made a trip to visit their center. Karen says “when I walked through the doors of MRC-C’ville, I knew this was it. This was the program Cincinnati needed.”
She has since worked tirelessly on achieving her dream and says “I am so proud to be involved with bringing MRC to Cincinnati. We now have a fantastic board and committees in place and in ten years we’ll be able to look back and know that hundreds of teens have had a safe and productive place to go after school because we worked collectively toward our mission.”
Karen relocated to Cincinnati from the east coast in 2005 with her husband, Tony, and their four children. While she has yet to find her musical talent, music has always been a very important part of her and her family’s life.