Karen serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer of URENCO USA (UUSA) and has over 32 years of experience in commercial nuclear power. As President of UUSA, she oversees the company’s business strategies and objectives and provides organizational leadership for the UUSA plant. Located just outside of Eunice, New Mexico, UUSA enriches uranium for commercial nuclear reactors for US and international customers and serves as the only centrifuge based operational facility in North America. Karen’s responsibilities include maintaining safe and compliant operations, meeting corporate business goals and objectives, and fulfilling environmental and community stewardship of this $5 billion facility.
Prior to joining UUSA, Karen served as the Site Vice President for two different nuclear power plants, Vogtle 3 & 4 and Monticello Nuclear Generating Plant. She also served as the Vice President of Nuclear Projects at Xcel Energy and Vice President of Nuclear Oversight at FirstEnergy.
Karen holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Mississippi College and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mississippi State University. She has a Senior Reactor Operator Certification, Professional Project Management Certification, and attended the Wharton Executive Program. Karen resides in Hobbs, New Mexico and is an active member of the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations (INPO), the American Nuclear Society, and Women in Nuclear (WIN) as well as a contributor and giver in the local community.