Kara’s life probably looks the most out of the American ordinary, as she resides with her husband and twin toddler boys in a village in the mountains of Thailand. Besides being fluent in Shan (the ethnic minority language of her husband), she also speaks German and Thai. She enjoys fermenting vegetables, making yogurt, and drinking fresh soy milk from street stands.

Kara’s career life has included a few unusual twists and turns, from working for the federal government, to teaching elementary special education, and then eventually to moving to the other side of the world to work with Shan refugees on the Thai-Burma border. However, serving others in areas of deep need has been the unifying focus of her work. When life settled her in Thailand, she began to use her writing skills to serve others, writing at various points on issues facing refugees, child development, and learning disorders. However, it was Lynae that brought Kara into the breast cancer world. Before long, as Kara began interacting within the breast cancer community, a passion spread to stand alongside the women who must face this disease and to give every woman the opportunity to take charge of her life after a breast cancer diagnosis. That is her aim today in working with I’m Taking Charge.