Welcome, Karen!

Karen Sabo
The Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge is excited to welcome Karen Sabo as our very first Executive Director.

Karen has worked for non-profits in various capacities for most of her adult life. Previous to becoming Executive Director of the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge, she was Director of the New Opportunity School for Women at Lees-McRae College, an educational organization that benefits low-income Appalachian Women. She also worked as Director of Education at the Barter Theatre, and has taught at colleges and universities in four states, including at Appalachian State University.

Karen has a BA in liberal arts from Hampshire College in Massachusetts and an MA in liberal studies from East Tennessee State University, where she studied multiculturalism and diversity in Appalachia. Sabo performed all over the country as a theatre artist, and is a member of In/Visible Theatre in Boone. Originally from New York, she now lives in Boone with her husband, Derek Davidson, and her daughter Rachel.

A Unified Women’s Fund

The Appalachian Women’s Fund and the High Country Women’s Fund are in the process of merging into one, unified organization. A continued commitment to serving the needs of impoverished, disenfranchised women and girls remains the core mission of the new group now known as Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge (WFBR). Representatives from both groups began the merging process with the expectation that very little would change with regards to the grant funding priorities and goals. Focusing on the strengths of each fund, the combining of efforts will make for a very strong presence throughout the counties being served. Both groups voted unanimously and the transition is underway.

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