Our Team


Karen Beal, JV EnCorps Program Manager

Since moving to Portland in 2005, Karen has been working in the “Encore” arena, engaging adults who are 50 and older in meaningful service and personal growth.  The threads that have led her to her current position as the JV EnCorps Program Manager weave together in a perfect way.  Overlaying her lifelong spiritual quest, she has a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from The Ohio State University, directed the Center for Holistic Counseling at JFK University in the Bay Area, founded The Tahoe Center for Wholeness, provided nonprofit consulting and, most recently, cultivated Baby Boomer civic engagement through her work with Hands On Greater Portland, Life by Design NW and the Oregon Community Foundation.  And if you surveyed her bookshelf you would find holy trinkets scattered amongst books on mysticism, personal and spiritual transformation, sustainable community, Encore service, feng shui and Nancy Drew mystery novels (her early years).   One of her most prized possessions is a sacred stack of Beatle bubblegum cards.  Her mission statement is:  To help others become most fully who they are in the context of service and community.  So, she’s pretty much landed in the right place at JVC Northwest and the JV EnCorps program!

Want to contact Karen? Email her or give her a call at 503-335-8202.