Karen Arrison lives and works in Buffalo, New York. Currently, she serves as president of the Clement and Karen Arrison Legacy Foundation and president of the Clement and Karen Arrison Family Charitable Foundation. She is the immediate past board chair for Western New York Public Broadcasting and currently serves on their Foundation board. She is president of Karen Fick Design, Inc., a position she has held for 32 years. Karen attended the University of Buffalo and SUCB, and has completed design projects for both institutions. In the recent past, she and her husband have dedicated themselves to the historic restoration of the McKinney Mansion in
Buffalo as well as the rehabilitation of their circa 1878 cottage at the Chautauqua Institution where Karen also served as a trustee.
Karen has just completed 12 years of service as a board member for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. She currently serves as a director for Kleinhans Music Hall as well as the House Committee for the BPO. Karen also serves as Vice Chair for the Preservation League of New
York State. She and her husband are also recent recipients of the Preservation Buffalo Niagara Award for Restoration. They are also patrons of the Stradivari Society of Chicago and founders of Wisdom Farm, an interactive and integrative wellness farm in Clarence Center New York, whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate horses, who then go on to help returning veterans, Hospice clinical staff, and young people who may need some extra help with reading.