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Alumni Spotlight: Karen Cook

Alumni Spotlight: Karen Cook

Karen graduated from EKU's Department of Counseling and Educational Psychology in 1989 with her MEd in School Counseling. She also completed the Individual Intellectual Assessment Endorsement in 1990. 

Karen currently serves as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Counseling Association. Prior to accepting the position, Karen enjoyed a fruitful 30 year career in education, 21 of which were served as a school counselor. Karen has also served as the KCA President ('02-'03) and ACA Southern Region Chair ('05-'06). 

Karen has been honored with numerous awards and recognition for her service and dedication to the field of counseling, including the KASA Leadership Award ('98), Mid-Cumberland Counseling Association's Counselor of Year Award ('98-'99 & '03-'04), Berea College Counselor Service Award ('01), the KCA Kearney Campbell Award for Outstanding Service in Counseling ('06), and the Pulaski County School District PRISM Award in Education ('08). 

Karen reflects on her expeirence at EKU:

"My experiences at EKU prepared me extremely well for the various stages of my career. As my career path developed and opportunities presented themselves, I was able to stay ahead of the curve by completing the next level of education and endorsements as they were needed.

I am thankful that I had some amazing professors at EKU that challenged me to keep moving forward and always give my best efforts. They helped me develop confidence in my abilities and uncovered, as well as strengthened, leadership skills that have opened doors throughout my career. 

I am proud to have earned my degrees at EKU and know that my educational experience provided a strong foundation for my professional life and benefited my personal life as well." 

Published on April 19, 2016

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