Karmen moved to the Roaring Fork Valley in 1988. After working in many non-profits and customer related fields, she moved to Denver to pursue a degree in Social Work. Karmen received her MSW from the University of Denver in 2001.
While pursuing her degree and thereafter, Karmen worked in several residential treatment centers as a milieu supervisor and a treatment coordinator for adolescent males and females. She developed treatment plans, coordinated clinical service delivery, provided assessment, facilitation of groups, and direct treatment services to clients. She also gained experience as a member of a dynamic multidisciplinary team at Colorado’s State Mental Health hospital, as a psychiatric social worker on an acute adult unit.
In Denver, Karmen interned and worked in several different human service positions including a role as a liaison advocate for women and children who were victims of domestic violence, and as a parent aide with a Family Advocacy organization, to provide services that enabled families to approach self-sufficiency.
Karmen returned to the Aspen Valley in 2003, and began working at The Buddy Program as the Director of Youth and Family Services and remained for almost 10 years. Since her return to the Valley, Karmen continues to be a “Buddy” to a young adult woman now for 7 years and going... and she has volunteered as a Horse Handler for Wind Walkers, an equine assisted therapeutic riding program. In 2013 she joined the Hope Center team as a Crisis Clinician and also serves as the part-time Social Worker for Aspen Valley Hospital.