Karen completed her undergraduate degree at Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana and a dietetic internship at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received a Masters in Dietetics, with emphases in clinical dietetics and management from Mt Mary College in Milwaukee, WI.
Her past work experiences include teaching nutrition at Bellin College of Nursing in Green Bay WI; clinical dietetic practices at the University of Michigan Hospitals in Ann Arbor, MI and Bellin Hospital in Green Bay, WI; and director of the didactic program and dietetic internship at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.
Ms. Lacey has been and remains very active with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, both at the national and affiliate level. Her past leadership activities include president of the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, a member of the Academy’s Association Position Committee, a board member of the former Commission on Accreditation for Dietetic Education (CADE) and member of the Academy’s House of Delegates. Karen also chaired the Quality Management Committee, was a member of the Standardized Language Task Force and chaired the work group that developed the Nutrition Care Process and Model (NCPM). She most recently served as a Commissioner on the Commission for Dietetic Registration (CDR) and chair of the Competency Assurance Panel (CAP), a subcommittee of CDR that oversees the Professional Continuing Education for registered dietitians and dietetic technicians. CAP developed the newly revised Professional Development Portfolio (PDP) process utilizing practice competencies. As part of the roll out implementation of the competency based PDP, Karen has been a speaker at FNCE and conducts training webinars for both practitioners and students.
She has also authored/co-authored a number of articles and book chapters; most notably chapters utilizing the Nutrition Care Process in a widely used text book titled Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology
Her awards and recognitions include: the Academy’s Outstanding Dietetic Educator Award for both Didactic Programs and Dietetic Internships, the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Outstanding Dietitian and the Academy’s Medallion Award.