Kaaren grew up in Southern California where she played soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track; studied abroad in Australia; and visited England, Scotland, Canada, and Norway with her family. She moved to Oregon where she completed her BS at Oregon State University; worked in several supervisorial roles; traveled to Brazil; and married the most wonderful man in 2001! Kaaren and her husband secured their Masters of Teaching (Kaaren's was MS of Ed.); they were house parents to 50 colleges students for several years, taught overseas in the United Arab Emirates; and have traveled around the United States of America, to Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, and Sri Lanka. Kaaren has several hobbies: quilting, scrapbooking, photography, health and fitness, animals, personal business training, and essential oils!