Karen Connell grew up on a small farm in southeastern Wisconsin. She started a sales career early by selling strawberries and sweet corn at a roadside stand. Karen attended the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater and earned a bachelor’s degree in business and a master’s in education. She taught high school business and economics classes for 25 years and continues to be involved with young people by teaching Drivers Education and Behind the Wheel. Karen Connell has been married for thirty-three years and has five children. In addition to providing childcare for several children, her family was entrusted with caring for five foster children over the course of several years.