Director, Executive Affairs
As the Director of Executive Affairs, Karen Tarnas provides executive support to the CEO, while also managing operational responsibilities for RISE’s Midwest regional office in Detroit.
Before joining RISE in January 2017, Tarnas worked at Wayne State University in Detroit for 28 years. She worked in departments including student affairs, development and alumni affairs, and special events, completing her WSU career as assistant to the law school dean.
For nearly a decade, she also owned and operated Karen for Your Pets, a pet-sitting service.
Tarnas attended Wayne State University.