After growing up in Northern Ohio and graduating from Miami University in Oxford, OH in 1974 with a Zoology degree, Karen Wachs’ early work experience included being an estate planning paralegal at a large Cincinnati law firm and assisting the director at the Center for Reproduction of Endangered Wildlife at the Cincinnati Zoo. However, she ended up spending the bulk of her working life serving various non-profits in Greater Cincinnati both on their Boards and in a multitude of other roles within the field of development. Karen is now enjoying retirement with her partner, Joe Farrell, and their two dogs, dividing their time between Cincinnati, OH and Leelanau County, MI. In Ohio, she currently serves as the co-Trustee of a foundation that benefits underserved children. In Michigan, Karen is now working as a volunteer with SBTH acting as a development advisor, helping with friend-raising and fund-raising. A life-long interest in conservation and birds drew her to Saving Birds’ mission in 2018.