Karen Mottern: Helping Others Is Her Passion

shared courtesy of Penn-Mar Human Services

Cockeysville, MARYLAND – When Karen Mottern arrives at work at Chick-fil-A in Cockeysville, Md., a job she began three years ago, it’s always with a big smile on her face and an eagerness to get started. Her attitude is infectious, and her helpfulness, hard work and dependability are very much valued by the fast food restaurant’s management and team members alike.

“I love it there and I love my job,” said Karen, who joined Penn-Mar’s Day Program in 2008, and moved into one of the nonprofit’s residential homes in 2014. “The people I work with are very nice.”

A Maryland resident most of her life (she moved to the Old Line State from Rochester, N.Y., with her parents Ele and Ed when she was four), Karen, 51, thrives on being around people and over the years has built a tight network of friends and acquaintances, through her alma mater the Ridge Ruxton School, Penn-Mar, and work. She enjoys spending time with her family, friends and long-time boyfriend Guy and going to the movies. You might often find her putting a complex puzzle of up to 1000 pieces together which she can finish in a day or two, or playing a video adventure game on her game console or iPad.

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