Karen Mevis

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Karen Mevis, brought a lifetime of lived experience as the mother of a person with a disability, and a passion for making people’s lives easier, to the role of statewide information and referral coordinator eight years ago. Along with special projects, presentations, and collaborations, mostly she connects people to resources to help them resolve problems and meet the needs they have. Easily communicating with consumers, family members of persons with disabilities, and professionals, she quickly zeroes in on the issue or issues, pinpoints how she can help, and then shares research, resources, and explanation as needed.

Karen credits her 2005 Partners in Policymaking Leadership Institute class for opening the door to the broader disability community and into her second career as a support professional at the Arc Tennessee. Writing, editing, and photography for newspapers, magazines, and commercial products were the focus of her first career, with a Mass Communications degree from Middle Tennessee State University.

You can reach Karen Mevis at karen.mevis@vumc.org.