Leadership & Service

The Cedar Rapids-Iowa City corridor is rich with opportunities for personal connection and professional growth. My family and I have made our home here for over 25 years and raised two sons to adulthood. We've experienced first-hand all the area has to offer - exceptional public and private schools, a strong faith community, supportive neighbors and friends - and more.

Giving Back

My investment in the community has included the following roles:

Founder & President

Xavier Parents Organization, Xavier High School
  • Established budgets, structured committees, set policies and wrote bi-laws
  • Opened Saint Shop to sell Xavier merchandise as a fundraiser - achieved average annual net income of $25,000
  • Established annual Excellence in Teaching Award (XITA) for outstanding faculty members

Board of Trustees Member

Mount Mercy University
  • Established polices and approved budgets
  • Member of University Planning Committee

Board Member/President

Regis Middle School
  • Chaired committee to convert Regis High School to Regis Middle School
  • Chaired search committee for new principal: reviewed resumes, interviewed candidates and made hiring decision

Board Member/President

All Saints School
  • Chaired search committee for new principal: reviewed resumes, interviewed candidates and made hiring decision
  • Established additional revenue for school by improving daycare center

Board Member/President

Cedar Valley Montessori 
  • Chaired search committee to hire new administrator: reviewed resumes, interviewed candidates and made hiring decision
  • Established committee to move school downtown; worked with city to receive federal grant

Clubs & Organizations

  • Cedar Rapids Garden Club (board officer 2003-2011) 2002 - present
  • United States Tennis Association 1993 - present
  • Cedar Rapids Country Club (tennis committee, social committee) 1989 - present
  • All Saint Parish 1988-present
  • Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary 
  • Cedar Rapids Downtown Rotary membership committee
Karen Mathison

Karen Mathison

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