As she came back to campus and attended Homecoming celebrations and Conservatory Alumni Reunions, Karen Dromie Becker ‘77 “saw how much Shenandoah had grown. Not just with the number of buildings or the increased enrollment. But with energy, vitality and a spirit of inclusion. And most of all with an overwhelming opportunity for students to learn and blossom and be at their very best.” Becker hopes to utilize her position on the Alumni Board to help the university “continue to flourish” and to “introduce Shenandoah to prospective students.”
After graduating from Shenandoah Conservatory with degrees in music education and piano, Becker worked at a computer company called Olivetti, where she met her future husband, Don. She then worked for Verizon for more than 30 years in various positions, including service representative, trainer/instructor, business office team leader and staff manager and specialist for the Office of Credit Management. Becker said she applied what she learned as a music education major at Shenandoah to her work as a trainer/instructor.
Now retired, Becker volunteers at Tabby’s Place, a shelter for cats with special needs and/or severe medical conditions, in Ringoes, New Jersey. She is also a member of the South Highlands Group of the NJ Sierra Club, where she is the political chair for the Executive Committee. Becker serves as the NJ Democratic State Committee Representative in Hunterdon County, the liaison to the Hunterdon County Young Democrats, the public relations and social media support for the Hunterdon County Democratic Committee and the Raritan Township Democratic Club, where she is also the club secretary.
Becker has been married to her husband, Don, for 30 years.