Karen has lived in Williamsburg for the past 30 years. She is a Nurse Practitioner at Williamsburg Obstetrics and Gynecology and has been there for over 15 years. In the evenings and weekends she works at Newport News Behavioral Health Hospital with at risk and mentally ill children and adolescents as their Nurse Practitioner.
She is a member of the Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners and Impact 100 in the Tidewater area. She graduated from the University of Arizona with her undergraduate degree in Nursing and Old Dominion University with her Masters of Science/Nurse Practitioner degree. Karen is married to Mike Ballard and the proud mother of two children, Kelsey and Connor, as well as two grandsons, Owen and James.
In her spare time Karen loves to exercise, train for aqua-bike races, hike, travel, read, laugh and spending time with family and friends. She is always up for an adventure such as great white shark diving in Africa and whitewater rafting down the Grand Canyon.
She and her husband Mike spend time in Jackson Hole, Wyoming each year and love having guests come out to hike, raft, photograph and share all kinds of adventures!
This experience of Dancing With the Williamsburg Stars will be a different kind of adventure for her. She promises to give it a 100% effort, to make it fun and dedicates this dance to all the children and adults who benefit from these 2 awesome charities – Literacy for Life and Big Brother Big Sisters. She also wants to dedicate this dance to her loving husband, family and amazing girlfriends who make her have those belly laughs (you know who you are!). She is sincerely grateful for all the support of her family, friends, co-workers and her patient dance partner.
Thank you for all your support and donations to these two special charities.
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