About Karen

About Karen


Freelance Graphic & Web Design / Administrative Support
February 1989 – Present

Northlands Storytelling Network
Executive Director/Conference Coordinator – February 2000 – Present

Florida Storytelling Association
Administrator – March 2014 – March 2015

League for the Advancement of New England Storytellers (LANES)
Executive Director/Conference Coordinator – July 2012 – June 2015

Illinois Storytelling, Inc. – producers of the Illinois Storytelling Festival, Spring Grove, IL
Executive Director – September 2003 – March 2005
Business Manager / Festival Coordinator – August 1997 – September 2003

Riverbend Storytelling Festival – West Bend, Wisconsin
Artistic Director / Festival Coordinator – October 2000 – October 2003

Executive Secretary – various firms
1976 – 1988

Workshops Presented

  • “WordPress Websites” – Northlands Storytelling Conference, Lake Geneva WI – 2011
  • “Design Tips for NonDesigners” – Storytellers of Canada National Conference, Newfoundland, Canada – 2010
  • “Design Tips for NonDesigners” – Lanes Sharing the Fire Conference, Boston – 2007
  • “Design Tips for NonDesigners” – Northlands Storytelling Conference, Madison WI – 2007
  • “What Producers Want from Storytellers” – Northlands Storytelling Conference, Madison WI – 2004
  • “Nuts & Bolts of Producing a Storytelling Event” – National Storytelling Conference, Chicago – 2003


2011 Distinguished National Service Award
from the National Storytelling Network for “contributions of time and energy in an exemplary manner on the national level to forward the work of the National Storytelling Network.”

2004 Oracle Award for Leadership and Service, North Central Region
from the National Storytelling Network “for exemplary leadership and service and significant contributions to your community through storytelling.”

Contributing Author

Contributing Author to THE ART OF STORYTELLING, 2003 Moody Publishers

Volunteer Activities

Producers & Organizers Special Interest Group of the National Storytelling Network

• Chair, 2004 (Member 1999-2005)
• Mentor for start-up storytelling events
• Contributor to the Producer’s Guide

Chair of Regional Concerts for the National Storytelling Network’s Conference, Chicago, 2003

Board of Directors, Barrington Area Arts Council, 2006-2008


1998 – Present

Bee Alford & Appleton Yoga
Asheville (NC) Story Circle
Carol Birch, Storyteller
Sue Black, Storyteller and You And Me Bully Free
Camille Born, Storyteller
Laurie Buchanan, HolEssence
Margaret Burk, Storyteller
Kaye Byrnes, Storyteller
Karen Chace, Storyteller
Cygnus Storytelling
Karen Czarnik, Storyteller
Dallas Storytelling Guild
Janice Davin, Storyteller
Andy Davis, Storyteller
Eileen DeLorenzo, Storyteller
Destination Fitness
Doug Elliott, Storyteller
Don Falkos, Storyteller
Chris Fascione, Storyteller
Florida Storytelling Association
Suzie Garfield, Storyteller
Meg Gilman, Storyteller
Ron Glodoski, Motivational Speaker
Linda Goodman, Storyteller
Linda Gorham, Storyteller
Healing Story Alliance (HSA) Special Interest Group
Yvonne Healy, Storyteller
Andre Heuer, Psychotherapy
Gwen Hilary, Storyteller
Beth Horner, Storyteller
Illinois Storytelling, Inc.
Donna Ingham, Storyteller
Craig Jadown, Acupuncture
Janet Jones, Storyteller
Tim Kehl, Work-Life Balance Specialist
Mary Grace Ketner, Storyteller
Jason Kollum, Juggler
Kucha and Baba Tony, Storytellers
League for the Advancement of New England Storytellers (LANES)
Bil Lepp, Storyteller
Jim May, Storyteller
McHenry County Woman Newspaper
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers
Midge Miles, Storyteller
National Storytelling Network
National Storytelling Press
Larry & Darlene Neumann, Storytellers
North Carolina Storytelling Guild
Northlands Storytelling Network
Jay O’Callahan, Storyteller
Steve Otto, Storyteller
Elisa Pearmain, Storyteller
Prevention & Wellness Center
Richmond/Spring Grove Chamber of Commerce
Scott Robins, Entertainer
Alton Russell, Storyteller
Beth Sabor, Holistic Essence
Sadarri Saskill, Storyteller
School Assembly Directory
Anne Shimojima, Storyteller
Judy Sima, Storyteller
Joyce Slater, Storyteller
South Carolina Storytelling Network
Spirit of Trees, Cristy West
Mike Speller, Storyteller
Jane Stenson, Storyteller
Susan Stone, Storyteller
Storytelling in Organizations (SIO) Special Interest Group
Jenifer Strauss, Storyteller
Kevin Strauss, Storyteller
Tejas Storytelling Association
Thomas’ Tails, Pet Supplies
Danielle Todd, Storyteller
Greg Weiss, Storyteller
Western Maine Storytelling
Wonderweavers, Storytellers
Youth, Educators, and Storytellers Alliance (YES) Special Interest Group

1989 – 1997

Building Blocks Newspaper
Citizens for James Kirkland
City of Elgin (Illinois)
Code Service Building Supplies
Community Crisis Center
Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
Elgin Area Historical Society
Elgin Public Museum
Elgin School District U46
Friends of the Fox River
Gail Borden Public Library
Vicki Kirkland, Public Relations
Miss Illinois Pageant 1989
McHenry Soccer Federation
Northeast Illinois Land Management Real Estate
Studio IVV
Brooke Transue, Assessment Services Ltd.
Well Child Center