Karen Smith has been an Urbandale resident for 13 years. Born and raised in France, she came to Iowa as an exchange student and decided to settle in the Cedar Rapids area originally, then Urbandale. While she misses French pastries, she loves living in the welcoming community that is Urbandale with her four children. Always engaged in her children’s schools and activities, she became aware of UCAN after participating in the Leadership Urbandale class of 2013. Seeing the needs in the community, the opportunities to volunteer and lead programs with UCAN, Karen committed to the Board for the last three years, starting a new term in 2016.
A MBA graduate from Drake, her passions in volunteerism focus on education and services directed towards children. Karen’s comments: “ I love Urbandale because every time we reach out to the community about a specific need, everyone steps up and shows how much they care. I believe that a lot of our successes comes from educating people about needs in the community, services available, UCAN programs and that Urbandale is a great place to live”.