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Karen Cushnie

Karen has been involved in philanthropy through her adult life, serving as a trustee on the Kettering Family Foundation and working with various non-profit and for-profit entities affiliated with the Kettering Family.

Karen served on the Sherman Library Board of Trustees from 2008-2015, notably as President for the final two years, overseeing the long-awaited construction and renovation project. She was also a member of the project’s building committee and the capital campaign chair. Additionally, Karen was named a trustee for the Naromi Land Trust board in 2020, served on several different fundraising committees for Regional Hospice of Danbury, and volunteered for the Sherman Historical Society.

After graduating from Saint Lawrence University in 1983 and working in the alpine ski industry, Karen and her husband Doug settled down in their home state of Connecticut. They raised two sons, Doug and Connor, who are now adults. Avid sports enthusiasts, Karen and Doug love spending time outdoors in both their hometown of Sherman, Connecticut on Candlewood Lake, and  Steamboat Springs, Colorado. When at home in Sherman, they find great reward in community activism, both environmental and philanthropic.

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