Karen was born and raised in Deventer, a town nearby Apeldoorn. She started her working career at Matrix Agritech, an international company mainly selling and exporting Farmers machinery and equipment in Russia. Here she was responsible for visa, travelling, support office and further administration. At this English speaking work environment she gained a lot of knowledge and skills that are useful at Wittenborg. As a Dutch national she is very familiar with the Dutch bureaucracy and she knows her way around dealing with the local and national government.
Karen is also a mother of two children and she is a positive, open minded person who likes the personal contact with staff and students the most about Wittenborg.