Karen Richards, MBS, RN, CPHQ, CLY

Membership Committee Co- Chairperson

Area Agency on Aging Region-I

Ms. Karen Richards has extensive experience as a health care professional. Her diverse experience includes management, informatics, medical research analyst, HEDIS, quality and risk management, health care education, training and development. In the clinical arena, Karen practiced respiratory care, clinical nursing and was involved in the implementation of air evac. Her Master’s in Business Administration was completed at the University of Phoenix. Karen recently completed certification for Laughter Wellness and Senior Advisor (CSA) and participated in a collaborative pilot program with BrainSavers.

Karen is currently employed at the Area Agency on Aging Region-I. She was formerly the Health Education Manager at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Advantage. This role included program development, implementation of programs, classes and building networks and partnerships with community partners. In addition to her work with Arizona Falls Prevention Coalition, Karen volunteers for AARP’s Life Reimagined Workshops, America Cancer Society, Look Good Feel Better Program and American Heart Association, Go Red Program.