Kara has a degree in Biochemistry from the University of Minnesota. She worked for five years in industry and academia before choosing to stay at home with her children for a season. She joined the staff of Hillside in 2007, and has held a variety of positions on staff before becoming Director of Operations in December 2018. She is married to Ryan and has two daughters, Annika and Chloe. Kara enjoys swimming, watching hockey, and making homemade ice cream.