Karen Schaefer, Executive Director, was an elementary teacher with the Mansfield City School District in Ohio where she taught developmentally handicapped childrenfor 22 years . She has degrees from Ashland University in health and physical education and later received her degree in special education. She attended Torchbearers Bible School in Comfort, Texas, and has gone through the Life Exchange Internship program for Biblical counseling. Karen is a Certified Addictions Professional. She came to Refuge in 2002 as the third person in her family to attend. Her sister, Paula Bogart, was already on staff and their mother had attended for five months. Karen’s family has reaped the benefits of what the Refuge has to offer and their lives have been forever changed. Karen completed the 2 year Internship program and came on staff in 2005. She has selflessly served in a variety of capacities including biblical counselor, public relations, fundraising, and support group facilitator. In 2014 she assumed the role of Executive Director from our Founder, Donna Lee Robart.