Karen has been a wheelchair user for more than 30 years after a T10 complete spinal cord injury when she was shot in an armed robbery. She joined the Numotion team as a Territory Manager for the Gulf South Region in July of 2015. Previously she served as a licensed clinical social worker who worked in a rehabilitation hospital helping people with newly acquired disabilities learn to navigate their new life.
Much of her spare time is spent on disability advocacy efforts and she shares this passion with her Life Possible social media audience and on the Life Possible section of the Numotion website.
Karen had the honor of winning Ms. Wheelchair America 2019 and was able to share her message about the importance of standing technology for people with mobility impairments. Ms. Wheelchair America is a national competition that is judged solely on a woman’s history of advocacy and the ability to articulate her platform.
Currently, Karen is the Brand Ambassador for Numotion. In this role, Karen shares her knowledge of advocacy, disability-related resources, mental health tips, inclusive family activities, and information on living a healthy lifestyle. Karen includes the stories of Numotion customers in many of her blogs. Weaving in the expertise of Numotion customers allows Karen to write about all aspects of life with a disability. Karen’s social media channels allow her to interact with Numotion customers daily and collaborate on ideas that interest people with mobility impairments. Her role also includes government relations responsibilities and assisting with payer relations issues as they arise.
“My favorite aspect of this role is the opportunity to share my experiences and the knowledge of other experts on how to live your best life possible despite having a disability,” said Karen.
Another aspect of Karen’s job is leading the Employee Consumer Council (ECC) which consists of 10 Numotion Employees who are also wheelchair users. The mission of the ECC is to provide insight and feedback from a customer perspective to Numotion leaders to improve the customer experience. In addition, the ECC champions’ projects to make Numotion a destination employer of people with all types of disabilities and create a more diverse and inclusive workforce. The ECC is also creating materials and training courses for Numotion employees internally, like the newly released course on disability etiquette. “Leading the Employee Consumer Council is rewarding beyond words”, says Karen.
Karen has written over 50 blogs for wheelchair users, their friends and family, and people working with the disability community. You can follow her @LifePossibleKR on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter or read her articles by going to Numotion.com/LifePossibleKR.