Karen has been honored with a variety of awards, including:

Publication Awards

Circle of Catholic Women

  • Living Now Book Awards—Silver, Best Spiritual Book (Journal One)
  • Midwest Book Awards—Finalist Best Religion Book (Journal One and Journal Two)

Help From Home—On the Homefront (TriWest DVD)

  • Telly Awards: Social Issues

Life After Deployment: Military Families Share Reunion Stories and Advice

  • Military Writers Society of America (MWSA)—Gold Medal Best Nonfiction/Reference/How-to Book
  • Foreword Book of the Year Awards—Finalist Best Family and Relationships Book
  • Foreword Book of the Year Awards—Honorable Mention Best Self Help Book
  • First Lady of the Marine Corps Reading List

Military Life: Stories and Poems for Children

  • Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards—Gold Medal Most Patriotic
  • Midwest Book Awards—Finalist Children’s Fiction

Perch, Mrs. Sackets, and Crow’s Nest

  • Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards—Gold Medal Best Preteen Fiction
  • Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY)—Silver Medal
  • Mom’s Choice Awards—Silver Recipient Juvenile Fiction Ages 9-12
  • Children’s Crown Award, Best Wholesome Books—Finalist Grades 4-5
    (top 20 books of the year that “convey wholesome values, uplifting characters, and edifying themes that inspire children toward positive goals”)
  • National Parenting Publications Awards (NAPPA)—Honors Book
  • Foreword Book of the Year Awards—Juvenile Fiction Finalist
  • Benjamin Franklin Awards—Juvenile/Young Adult Fiction Finalist
  • Midwest Book Awards—Finalist

Stories Around the Table

  • Foreword Reviews INDIEFAB Book of the Year Awards—Silver for Best Anthology of the Year
  • Midwest Book Awards—Finalist

Surviving Deployment: A Guide for Military Families

  • Military Writers Society of America (MWSA)—Gold Medal Best Reference and Guide Book

Web_Guide Magazine

  • Minnesota Magazine Publishers Association Award—Best New Magazine

“Yes, I’ll Love You” (Single)

  • 2011 Song of the Year Award—Runner Up

Personal Awards

Coach of the Year

  • 1987 Frontier League, Upstate New York

University of Rochester Athletic Hall of Fame

  • October 2004, Inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame

Who’s Who of Military Spouses

  • January 2008 Military Spouse magazine