We are excited to welcome our new Program Manager, Kara Wardon. Kara brings a wealth of knowledge and has a beautiful spirit to match. We are glad to have her a part of the team. Check out her bio and some fun facts below!
Kara was born and raised in the Greater Cincinnati area, where she graduated from NKU with her BA and went on to complete her MA at Mount St. Joseph University. Kara comes to Sweet Cheeks with a decade of supply chain experience across several global corporations. Prior to joining our team, she spent several years focused on serving youth who are at risk in our city as a local non-profit program and project manager. In addition to that work, Kara also has a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion. She occasionally teaches a course on Christian Justice at Mount St. Joseph University and has also served as a founder and the leader of a team at her previous organization which worked to educate staff and address bias and prejudice as it relates to race, gender, nationality and class. When not working, Kara enjoys volunteering at her local church, reading, hiking, camping and creating art. She also likes traveling nationally and internationally. She has visited Italy, Switzerland, France, India, Belgium, the Netherlands, Israel and Ireland – and hopes to visit more countries in the future.
Why are you excited to be a part of the Sweet Cheeks Team? I’m excited to use my gifts and skills in a way that helps protect the health and well-being of children in our communities.
If you could write a book about your life, what would the title be and why? I think I’d title my book “When Life Gave Me Lemons, I Opened a Lemonade Stand.” It takes the idea of making something good out of something bad a step further and asks how it can be used to serve others as well – which is what I’ve learned to do with my own difficulties and struggles.
What advice would you give to your teenage self? I’d tell my teenage self to quit smoking and focus on schoolwork and tennis.
What’s your favorite way to unwind after a busy day? Going for a 3-5 mile hike, ideally with my dog.
If you could choose a superpower, what would it be? I’d love to be able to travel the same way Dr. Strange from the Marvel Universe does – just pop in and out of space to whatever destination I want. That’d be amazing!