Kara moved from the Hoosier state to Seattle in 2000 and immediately fell in love with the beauty of the Northwest. She shared her passion for the outdoors by volunteering as a mentor for Girls Rock - a program for girls in middle school to gain self-confidence and problem solving skills through rock climbing. She later learned about Orphans to Ambassadors from long-time member, Katherine Steen, at a neighborhood gathering. The two had coincidently just read “Half the Sky” and felt an overwhelming desire to act on behalf of vulnerable women and children. When Katherine introduced Kara to Jake and the rest of O2A at her first meeting, she was blown away by the group’s compassion and motivation. She couldn’t believe the global impact that a few dedicated people sitting around a table in her West Seattle neighborhood could make. Kara al spends her time as a post-doctoral scientist at Seattle Children’s Research Institute looking for a cure for glioblastoma, a deadly brain cancer. When she's not in the lab or volunteering with O2A she can be found lifting kettle bells at Morgan Junction Crossfit, paragliding with her husband, Paul, or exploring Washington with her dog Sadie.
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