Karen Jennings McCarren '98/'99

Where do you live?

In Minneapolis, MN with my husband and three children.

What do you do for work currently?

After a number of years in healthcare, first as a physical therapist, and then as an independent business owner in the area of healthcare management/leadership consulting, I have recently moved to an integrated healthcare system as a strategic consultant for patient experience. I continue to hold my Physical Therapist license and work closely with our anti-racism, health equity, diversity, and inclusion culture strategies.

What did you learn at IC that helped you get to where you are today (personally or professionally)?

My time at IC began with meeting new faces and cultivating lasting relationships. It allowed me to see and experience IC during an important time in my life, shaping me and helping influence who I am today, not just in the field of PT and broader healthcare, but also through IC's connections to the greater community. I continue to value community connection and work with several non-profit organizations.

How did you get involved with IC after graduating (did you volunteer? Did you speak in a classroom? Attend events?)?

A number of community and education-focused volunteer roles have allowed me to share my stories and experiences from IC to help prospective students and college counselors expand their understanding of the amazing opportunities IC offers. I continue to see fellow IC graduates on a regular basis across the country, and look forward to expanding Alumni opportunities in Minnesota.

Why do you love IC?

I love IC because it was the perfect size-- one where I felt there were so many opportunities to engage in activities and feel comfort in familiar faces, yet also encounter new people and unique experiences on a regular basis. The beauty of the campus and the city of Ithaca continue to draw me, and now my family, to it's gorgeous offerings.

Anything else interesting/pertinent that you’d like to include: (Are you close with other alumni? A professor you loved? Student orgs you were involved with?)

 My husband, Denis, is also a '98/'99 IC Physical Therapy graduate. I continue to maintain very close friendships with roommates, IC Crew teammates, and PT class members who are family to our family. 418+1 Prospect Street Forever-- Go Bombers!