We are traveling together towards an evolving future. Your voice speaks to me on our journey. As your Second Vice President, leading on purpose, with purpose, and focusing on what is critical to our strategic future is both an intellectual adventure and a deed of unwavering courage.





Skills For Success


To get the best outcome, I use active listening to understand the mindset and feelings of others and to make them feel understood.


Situational Awareness

I gather the right information at the right time to better understand the intelligence available to anticipate and act on the best strategies.


Risk Mitigation

I identify potential problems before they occur in order to positively affect the success of our organization.

My Toastmasters journey has revealed a truth: People come to Toastmasters for all they can do. People stay Toastmasters for all they can be.



Experienced Chief Operations Officer with a demonstrated history of working in the management consulting industry. Skilled in Radiation Safety, Analytical Skills, Emergency Management, and Health Physics. Strong business development professional with over 13 years as a Caltech trained Project Manager and Infrastructure Liaison Officer.

◦ Tough


◦ Competent


◦ Courageous


Karen's Background

I was trained as a third-generation machinist in the family business and am currently the Chief Operations Officer at Ashlar Industries. I previously worked at the California Institute of Technology, lastly serving as the Chemical Engineering Department Administrator.

I have been a Toastmaster for 16 years and recently served on the Board of Directors as the 2020-2022 International Director from Region 2. I am also an active member of the Tournament of Roses, the Boy Scouts of America and the Girl Scouts of America.