Kara received her B.A. in Psychology from Gannon University in Erie, PA, and her M.Ed. In Higher Education from the College of William and Mary in 2003. She is currently a doctoral student in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. Prior to coming to Cornell in 2006, Kara worked as the Coordinator for Greek Affairs at the University of Miami (FL). In 2006, Kara became an Assistant Dean of Students in the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living focusing on advising the IFC men’s fraternities as well as fraternity and sorority community wide programming.
In 2015, Kara became an Associate Dean of Students in the Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living. In this role, she directs many areas on the fraternity and sorority experience. Kara advises the Greek Judicial Board, supervises the Assistant Deans who advise the Multicultural Greek Letter Council and the Panhellenic Council, and continues to work with the IFC men’s fraternities and community-wide leadership programming to ensure a holistic and robust experience for students across the fraternity and sorority community. Kara is a member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and the Northeast Greek Leadership Association.