Karen a graduate of the Boston Conservatory has received many awards from Miami Dade Department of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs for her physically integrated choreography. She has created over twenty-five works that have been presented in New York City, Atlanta, Cleveland, Brazil, Italy, Scotland, Bosnia, Serbia, Guatemala, Montenegro and Ireland. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2011 from the New World School of the Arts and also a Coldwell Banker’s Cares Award, Citizens Interested in the Arts Award, Cultural Exchange Award from APAP, a Knight Foundation Challenge Award, American Red Cross-Cultural Award, an Autism Speaks Award and was named one of the “Queen of the Arts” by the Miami Herald 2014. She has influenced the dance and disability communities in South Florida for 30 years with her dedicated activities of education, creation and presentation of inclusive dance. She received the 2019 Boston Conservatory at Berklee Alumni Entrepreneurial Award for the presentation of “Warmamas” at the Judson Memorial Church, NYC. She is also a Miami-Dade County, Dance Miami Choreographers' (DMC) Program Winner for 2019 - 2020.