Karlene was born and raised in Minnesota and is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a bachelor's degree in child psychology.  While attending the University of Minnesota, she was a member of the spirit squad as a cheerleader for two years. Her passion for fitness began in 2006. 


She is a wife and mother of three children, and she has lived in five different states. She recently moved to Wisconsin in 2016 and started at be FITNESS the summer of 2017. She also enjoys downhill and water skiing, dancing and sewing aprons.