Growing up in Indonesia as a daughter of missionaries, Karen has always been fascinated by international cultures. She studied in Freiburg, Germany, before obtaining a BA in political science at U.C. Riverside and after a stint on Capitol Hill with the Ways and Means Committee, worked as a campus minister at Dartmouth College and subsequently at Yale. Karen has helped to coordinate student ministries in the Republic of Georgia and Cambridge, England, and she currently works with women in the Yale graduate community. She has a passion for helping people to integrate Scripture with their daily lives. In keeping with her international interests, Karen has enjoyed teaching ESL Bible classes for Yale-connected women, interacting with Yale World Fellows and working with refugees in New Haven area. She is married to David Mahan and they have three grown children.