Karlene’s passion is speaking to groups about how to improve communications and happiness in the workplace.

She is a certified Everything DiSC® Trainer and presents sessions on behavioral styles, generational differences, working with millennials, body language, leadership and influence, happiness in the workplace, work/life balance and brain training/neuroscience. Karlene focuses on how to work together more effectively through understanding and appreciating the differences in people, while working to improve communications, team building, customer service and conflict resolution.

Karlene has been the CEO of the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association (MVMA) since 2003 and has more than 29 years of experience in association management and working with groups. She also serves as Executive Director of the Michigan Animal Health Foundation. Prior to joining the MVMA, she was Chief Operating Officer of the Michigan Nurses Association, served as Executive Director of the Michigan Nurses Foundation and operated the Michigan Dental Hygienists Association. She holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Telecommunications from Michigan State University.


Karlene is past President of the American Society of Veterinary Medical Association Executives (ASVMAE) and is an active member of the American Society of Association Executives and the Michigan Society of Association Executives. She was named the 2008 ASVMAE Executive of the Year for leading MVMA with innovation, distinction and dedication and also received the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine Partnership Award the same year. For fun, Karlene sings and plays keyboard in a band called Rendezvous playing a wide variety of music.

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