Baltimore native Karen Oppenheimer spent the first half of her professional career providing mental health services to children, adolescents and adults in a variety of settings. As a licensed clinical social worker with a second graduate degree in education, Karen later pursued her interests and skills in working with students with disabilities and student affairs issues and concerns in higher education.

So, it’s no surprise that when she retired in 2018 as the Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Karen decided to begin this next chapter of her life as an active volunteer in the Baltimore Jewish Community.

How do you stay busy?
In addition to sitting on several boards including Jewish Community Services (JCS) and Har Sinai-Oheb Shalom (HS-OSC), I am an active member of The Associated’s Jewish Women’s Giving Foundation (JWGF) and Associated Women’s Chapter Two program. I also take classes of interest through CCBC and private courses and participate in many synagogue-related committees.

And then there is our adorable two-year-old son, Alex, who is our only grandchild and the light of our lives.

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The Associated Contributors

The Associated Contributors are writers from The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore.