Kari lives in Independence with her husband, Brad, and their two children, Claire and Logan. She also has one dog (Belle) and one cat (Squishy). She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in 2005 from the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. Kari previously worked at the Jesup and Independence libraries. In her spare time, Kari likes to read, go to libraries, knit, and play the clarinet. Kari has worked at FUMC since December 2018.