Karen has more than a decade of experience working on Marine family readiness programs. Most recently, at Camp Pendleton, CA, she served as both a Family Readiness Assistant and as a Representative for the National Military Family Association. As a social worker and educator, she has held a variety of positions working with military families. Having served in both military and civilian school systems, she has particular empathy for military children’s education issues. Karen has been an active volunteer in the military community for over two decades. She is the recipient of the Army’s, Outstanding Civilian Service Award and the Navy Marine Corps Relief Society’s Superior Service Award. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Bradley University and an M.S.W. from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Karen lives in Montclair, VA with her husband, Col. Bob Golden, USMC, and their three children.
MOAA position: Deputy Director, Military Family Issues,