Early in her career, Karen recognized the unique survey, land management and land title history developing within our state and focused her education and practice on evaluation of right-of-way (ROW) and land title issues in Alaska. Mapping for public projects is her specialty. Each project needs an evaluation of existing public rights within the project limits. Karen identifies these rights and provides a location for them, thus enabling the design team to confidently determine the additional ROW needed to construct the project. Karen then prepares the mapping for ROW acquisition and provides support through construction and project closeout.
Education B.A. Geography, University of Alaska Fairbanks
A.A.S. Survey Technology, University of Alaska Fairbanks
Registration/Certification Professional Land Surveyor, Alaska
Senior Member, International Right-of-Way Association
Certified Federal Surveyor
Affiliations Alaska Society of Professional Land Surveyors
National Society of Professional Surveyors
International Right-of-Way Association
What places are on your travel bucket list? Ireland, Australia and New Zealand.
What are you most likely doing on the weekend? During the winter, running our sled dogs. In the summer, probably working on the house my husband and I have built in Salcha, outside Fairbanks.
If you weren’t doing your current job, what would be your dream job? If I had more time in my career (which I don't), I would work for BLM to get more knowledge about federal land law. I also would have liked to work in remote sensing or geodetics to expand my knowledge in those areas.
What is a fun fact few people know about you? I was born and raised in Fairbanks and love Alaska. I've never felt truly comfortable anywhere else, even while attending college in the lower 48. Alaska's in my blood.
What is one skill you are currently working on? I joined Toastmasters several years ago and have been steadily working on improving my public speaking skills.