Karen Faett - Finance Chairman
Karen Faett moved to Oakland County in 1983 from Pennsylvania after earning her B.S. at Gannon University to practice as a Physician Assistant in Detroit. She returned to school in 1985 while still working as a PA, to become an attorney. She graduated with honors from Wayne State Law School in 1988.
Karen joined the law firm of SiemionHuckabay as a paralegal while attending law school. Upon passing the Michigan bar in 1988, she joined the firm as an associate. She became a shareholder in 1997, and has enjoyed a 24 career year defending medical malpractice claims against health care professionals throughout the state of Michigan. She has tried numerous cases in circuit court, and has received jury verdicts on her clients’ behalf in all but one.
Karen has always been interested in politics as a constitutional scholar, and as an attorney concerned about burgeoning judicial activism, however, until 2008 had limited her involvement to assisting colleagues in judicial races. The 2008 presidential race was the first national election that spurred Karen to deepen her involvement. Her commitment toward the principles upon which this country was founded has propelled her into vigorous action.
She joined the Greater West Bloomfield Republicans which was founded in 2011, and was the fledgling group’s first candidate for a public office, the West Bloomfield School Board. Although she was unsuccessful in her bid for one of the two available seats, she articulated conservative values during the two public forums held, including the importance of parental involvement, the benefits of privatization of transportation and food service, updating the curriculum in recognition of emerging growth sectors, the deleterious actions taken by the MEA to the detriment of students, and that school districts must be fiscally responsible, rather than placing blame on “Lansing” and the government. She participated in the planning of the Club’s successful Liberty Dinner held in December. She is running for Delegate of Precinct 21, a precinct without a delegate for several years.
Karen joined the OCRP 400 Club to stay better informed about the County and State in 2011, and jumped at the chance to serve as OCRP’s Finance Chair when approached. She collected over 40 items and held a Silent Auction on behalf of the OCRP during its landmark attended Lincoln Day Dinner, raising over $3000, and is currently in the process of planning future events to assist County wide candidates in their bids to be elected/re-elected.
Karen’s three part agenda is to increase the membership of the OCRP and the 400 Club, aggressively raise funds for the OCRP/ candidates, and plan events designed to attract 18 through 35 year olds to the Republican Party.
In addition to her passion about activities supporting limited government and conservative values, Karen is deeply committed to animal rescue, encouraging pet adoption from shelters, abolishment of puppy mills, and the support of laws to severely punish animal abusers. She and her husband of eleven years, Jack, enjoy the company of their two adopted shelties, Gemma and Scotty in their West Bloomfield home, and at their Good Hart home, nestled on the bluff overlooking Lake Michigan on the Tunnel of Trees.
Karen is an avid swimmer, hiker and yoga enthusiast, but by far her most enjoyable avocation is driving and showing her 1962 Ford Galaxie 500 throughout the state.