Karen Peila

Admin Services Manager

M.Ed., Adult and Higher Education, Western Washington University
B.A., Communications, Washington State University
     Thesis: Crisis Communication

(360) 650-3885

AIC 394

Karen's first experience with Communication Sciences and Disorders was as a parent of a client in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic.  She is continually impressed with the knowledge of the clinical educators and faculty and service provided by the graduate student clinicians.  She credits her child's current success with interventions he received in the Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic. Before joining the department, Karen worked with students and business recruiters on campus in the Career Services Center.  Prior to moving to Bellingham and working at Western, Karen was an analyst for the King County Charter Review Commission, staff in the King County Executive's Office, and served as a Legislative Assistant for a Seattle state representative. 

In her spare time, you can find her with her family traveling, gardening, boating in the San Juan Islands and Lake Whatcom, skiing at Mt. Baker, camping, hiking and backpacking - enjoying the beauty and bounty of the Northwest.


Guest Speaker, CSD 580 SLP in the Schools, Parent perspective on the IEP process

Panel, CSD 575 Counseling for SLPs, Caregiver panel discussion, July 2017

Guest Speaker, CSD 558 Graduate SLP Practicum, Preparing for a Career Fair