Operations Manager & Trustee
As a child growing up locally in Williamstown, NJ, Karen has always had a strong love for animals. After moving out at the age of 19, she's adopted multiple pets like cats, dogs, rabbits, lizards and even a frog, that lived out their lives with her.
Her initial dream was to be a Marine Biologist because of her love of dolphins and sea turtles, but she chose to follow a different path in the medical field. After starting out as a pharmacy technician, she received her Associates Degree in Ophthalmic Science and Technology from Camden County College. For the next 18 years she worked as an Optician, Ophthalmic Technician and Surgical Assistant.However her heart kept pulling her back to working with animals. She decided to open her own pet sitting business, South Jersey Pet Sitting, LLC, which she successfully ran for almost 10 years. Through this business she befriended someone who needed her help so she spent the next 6 years working part time as an Executive Personal Assistant and Pet Caretaker. During that time Karen had her daughter, Natalie in November of 2014. When the position opened up at Oasis in October 2019, Karen jumped at the chance to work with animals full time. She was originally hired as the Administrative Assistant but quickly moved up to Operations Manager and became a Board Member and Trustee in January 2020. She now runs the office and the farm with the help of an assistant, volunteers and the other board members. In her spare time she likes to go to the beach, seeing live music and photography. Her daughter Natalie loves spending time with her mom at the farm helping to take care of the animals.