Karen Wharton,
President of QCONYAA

Karen Wharton has been a member of QCAANY since 1993. She has served on the Executive Committee in several different capacities and on a variety of projects. Most recently she helped organize the QC Summer Math Institute in 2016 and 2017; and the annual Student Conferences of 2014, 2015 and 2016. She also facilitated “This is Ours”, a visual literacy initiative that engaged students from Bina Hill Institute in North Rupununi and Queen’s College in Georgetown and resulted in the publishing of a book in 2015.

Karen is an active member of her community. She is an Education Resource Ambassador supporting The University of Guyana’s Renaissance. Specifically, she’s a member of UG’s NY Support Group. Earlier in 2016, she served on the Symposium Sub-Committee, 50th Independence Anniversary Celebrations Committee, New York where she helped organize The National Symposium Series that was held during Guyana’s Golden Jubilee celebrations in Georgetown and New York. Additionally, she is a Founding Member of the Queens-based Guyana-Jamaica Friendship Association where she served as its first Public Relations Officer. Karen is also a committed parent and education advocate, serving as a board member of the Packer Collegiate Institute’s Parent Association in Brooklyn between 2011 and 2016.

After attending Queen’s College from 1976-1981, Karen graduated from Boston University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and from Pace University with a MS in Telecommunications. She worked for several years as a thermal engineer designing heat sinks for mid-range computers before moving into Unix-based systems and sales engineering.

Karen lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, James Blain, and their 17-year old daughter, Kali.