Karen has been with Mahlander’s since March 2014, after completing her studies at the Institute for Design & Technology. (She visited the store for her class, and now she leads the tours!) Karen spent many years as a small business owner while raising four kids. Once they left the nest, Karen was ready to spread her wings as well. She wanted to try something different and with the full support of her husband (who said, “Go for it!”), she joined the team at Mahlander’s.

She has been soaring as a Lighting Consultant ever since, and recently obtained her American Lighting Association Lighting Consultant certificate. With her background in art and fashion merchandising, sharp eye for color and knack for home décor, this was a natural migration for Karen, and she is enjoying it immensely.
“I love helping people select the new things for their homes – seeing their pictures and ideas and putting it all together is so fun,” she says.

Karen’s hobbies include gardening and spending time with her four grown children and four grandchildren. She also enjoys spending time at the family cabin in the Black Hills.