Karen is originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. She enlisted in the United States Navy following High School and served over 20 years. During her time in the Navy, she met and married her husband, Nick. Both Karen and Nick retired from the Navy as Chief Petty Officers. In addition to her work at Altmeyer, she is employed as Ministry Administrator at Suburban Christian Church.
Karen and her husband have two children and one grandchild. They are long time members of Suburban Christian Church, where they serve in a number of ministries. In her spare time, Karen enjoys cooking, crocheting, needlework, and spending time with family.