Karen’s talent for streamlining information, attention to detail, and her willingness to help others made her an obvious choice for the Angela Orkin Dedication Award! Having accurate, up-to-date information about the children the Program represents is crucial to effective advocacy, and Karen’s incredible work with Optima has had a positive impact on representation statewide. She is able to patiently teach people the basics, show others how to take Optima to the next level, and is always finding ways to use Optima as a tool to deliver better advocacy or understand trends involving our children. Everyone on staff appreciates the Tips from Karen to make our work lives easier, and she is the go-to person for all Optima questions and trainings. Many people on GAL staff haven’t met Karen in person yet, but she often feels as much a part of a circuit team as anyone with a desk in the office! Congratulations Karen!