Karen Gerndt National Director, Information, Support & EducationInformation, Support and EducationEmail Karen Gerndt’s professional journey has always been tied to education. From teaching at the college level to presenting wellness topics to community organizations, her passion is to share information that will support a person’s journey and decision-making process. She once developed, implemented and evaluated online personal coaching programs for a large hospital system. One of the programs received an international award on improving employee productivity by maximizing employee health. Her experience includes web development, e-learning, community education and project management. She holds a master’s in fitness & sports physiology/motor development from Bowling Green State University. What piece of your work at NAMI are you most proud of? I’m most proud of the programs NAMI offers and the people who offer them. Without our program leaders and their commitment to their communities, thousands of people wouldn’t get the support they need and deserve. What’s something about you that would surprise others? I ran in the 1995 Marine Corps Marathon and finished in under five hours.