Karen Lucas retired in 2013 after more than 27 years in positions of increasing responsibility in the Federal Government. Her last position was Deputy Director for administrative services at the Agricultural Research Service (Department of agriculture). At that agency she also served as Chief of the Application Development Branch in the Office of the Chief Information Officer directing all phases of the planning, development, enhancement/modernization, implementation, and maintenance (System Development Life Cycle) of all IT systems that supported the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) mission. Prior to joining Department of Agriculture, she served as a Computer Specialist with the Department of the Navy where she worked in a team environment to design, develop, train end users and maintain a medical tracking, surveillance and executive information system for the Surgeon General of the Navy. Karen, who began her career as an Accessories Buyer, Assistant Store Manager and Department Manager for several Specialty stores and a major Department store in the Washington, DC area, earned a B.S. in textiles & Apparel from University of Maryland and a B.S. in Information Systems Management from the University of Maryland University College. Karen, who is living with Parkinson’s, resides in Columbia, Maryland and Bethany Beach, Delaware.
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