Karen fell in love with nonprofits when she was a freshman in college. Inspired by the service learning component of her undergraduate degree program, Karen quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. From volunteering in local dog shelters, to a volunteer Ombudsman serving the elderly, to serving with Meals on Wheels, and most recently, volunteering as an ambassador for Lifeline of Ohio promoting organ donation - Karen is committed to giving back to the community in a variety of ways. For over 21 years Karen has worked in the non-profit sector of higher education for underrepresented students. She is extremely excited to use her organizational and relationship building skills to continue to expand the important work of Chapters Ahead. In her free time Karen enjoys spending time with her husband of 23 years Duane, and their two college aged children, Dante and Evelyn.
Rachel provides support to new and established Next Chapter Book Club Affiliates. She previously worked at The Ohio State University’s Nisonger Center for Disabilities where she coordinated 25 Next Chapter Book Clubs in Central Ohio, along with another program called Friendship Connection which encourages adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to develop and participate in activities that promote meaningful community inclusion and social skill development. Rachel holds a BS in Special Education from the University of Cincinnati.
Board of Directors
Thomas Fish, President
Lyna Smith - Secretary (non-board member)