Karen Stecher

Karen Stecher’s family and friends have called her an unelected public servant.

During her time at the American Red Cross in Peoria, she worked her way up to a national position in Washington D.C. as the National Director of Biomedical Communications.

After leaving the Red Cross, she served as the Communication Manager for the Washington D.C.-based non-profit Zero to Three. That organization’s mission is to make sure all children get a strong start in life, and Karen managed communications on the importance of early childhood for parents, child care professionals and federal policymakers.

Her efforts resulted in a 50% increase in social media followers and led to coverage in the New York Times, the Washington Post and U.S. News and World Report. She even choreographed a group of inner city preschoolers in a rendition of “the Itsy Bitsy Spider” in front of an audience of more than 3,000 for the Zero to Three annual conference. That takes dedication. Now, instead of nationally-based work, Karen is devoting her professional talents to Peoria Public Schools as the Director of Communications and Community Engagement.

Let’s not go zero to three, but zero to 150 in welcoming Karen into the 25 Women in Leadership.

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