Karen Chase, Author


Karen Kimbro Chase is a third generation New Mexican. She attended high school in both Albuquerque and Clovis, New Mexico, and graduated from Clovis High School in 1976.  Karen began attending Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, New Mexico, in 1977, where she pursued a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance and Pedagogy.  Karen’s studies also concentrated in vocal performance and Karen sang first soprano in both the Concert and University Choirs.  While at Eastern, Karen performed in numerous recitals as a piano soloist, piano accompanist, and vocal soloist.  She also participated as a vocal soloist and chorus member in several musical theatre productions, and was featured as a vocal soloist with the ENMU Jazz Ensemble.  

In 1979, Karen was inducted into the academic honor society Phi Kappa Phi, and was a recipient of the Clovis-Portales Arts Council Scholarship for outstanding student in her field of study.  Karen left Eastern New Mexico University in 1980 to focus on her family, but her love of music led to years of choral and solo singing, songwriting, and piano accompaniment.  

Karen returned to her formal education in 2001 and was the recipient of the Talbots Women’s Scholarship for women returning to college.  She earned both a Bachelor of University Studies degree in 2003 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 2006 from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.  Highlights of her second college career included enrolling in college classes with two of her daughters, attending a summer program in London to study Shakespeare with one of her daughters, and being inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Academic Honor Society.  In 2008, Karen was accepted into law school at the University of New Mexico School of Law and earned her juris doctor in May 2012.

Karen is married to Greg Chase, who inspires all things good in Karen.  She has five adult children; two sons-in-law; three grandsons and two granddaughters; and she has one wonder dog, a Golden Retriever named Toby. Karen enjoys family activities, friendships, reading, music, cooking, gardening, travel and community giving.

The Sammie and Toby books are Karen's "heart project."