2004 Reasons to Believe Alumni Honor Roll

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Role models who give us Reasons to Believe in the power of education

Karen E. Jones

Sumner High School / J. C. Harmon High School, 1979Karen E. Jones

Going to college was never an "option" for Karen Jones — it was a certainty. Growing up, her parents always stressed the value of education and the opportunities that it can bring you. And today, she works to instill this in her own child and other children in the community.

She believes that children are products of their environment and they need positive and supportive role models to guide them. That's why she has committed herself to working with and serving on so many community organizations over the years, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City, the KU Talent Search Parent Advisory Board, the Kansas City, Kansas Chapter of Jack & Jill of America, Inc., and Mamas and Papas of Kiddie Kollege Schools, Inc. She has worked for, promoted, and contributed to People to People International's Student Ambassador Program, Habitat for Humanity, local food banks, local shelters, and individual families in need.

Her career history is inspiring, as well. She has spent 18 years working for the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) in a variety of capacities, currently serving as manager, customer relations for Stamp Fulfillment Services. In recognition of her accomplishments and managerial potential, she was selected to participate in the USPS Advanced Leadership Program. She is also the facilitator for the organization's diversity/affirmative action advisory committee.

Jones graduated third in her class from J.C. Harmon High School in 1979, though she considers the old Sumner High School her alma mater, since she spent most of her high school days there (the school closed after her junior year). She earned a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Iowa State University in 1983 and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Kansas in 2001.