Karen L. Le'Que is the Co-Founder, President and Executive Director of Kee to Independent Growth, Inc. Karen has an extensive background in service coordination and ongoing experience working with individuals with disabilities, traumatic brain injuries and geriatric clientele. In addition, Karen has widespread knowledge in recovery, alcohol/substance abuse programs and working with those struggling with mental illness.
Karen became a service coordinator in 1997 and received her CORE training Certificate, required MSC (Medicaid Service Coordinator) as well as New York State Department of Health trainings. Karen was employed at a contracted OPWDD (Office for People with Disabilities) agency for several years, was manager/client advocate a mental health business office, alcohol and substance abuse office manager, was a Nurse at a large assisted living facility, and supervised at a local licensed home care agency, before building Kee to Independent Growth.
Karen is an LPN, has a Bachelor's Degree in Human and Community Services, and has earned CASAC-T (Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in Training).
Karen is dedicated and passionate about the Veterans program. She has had close ties with the military for the majority of her life. Karen's husband served in Iraq as a combat infantryman in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Two of Karen's brothers were also active in the military. Sadly, one of them died a homeless Veteran. This has greatly affected Karen's life; it has given her the inspiration and motivation to help other homeless Veterans who have courageously fought for our country.
Ann Bear – Administrative Assistant
Kristina Whitt – Administrative Assistant