Karen Fuess Schroeder – Immediate Past Co-President: Born and raised on the family dairy farm in upstate New York, Karen is an outdoor enthusiast. Involved in school and community activities from an early age Karen has been in nursing almost 40 years. She attended Johnson City Hospital School of Nursing where she earned her RN. Furthering her education at SUNY Binghamton (now Binghamton University), she was awarded her BSN. Working as an ICU nurse in a university hospital setting, Karen met and married the only physician she ever dated, Walter “Russ” Schroeder, MD, FACS, FAAP a surgeon with Ear, Nose, and Throat Consultants of Nevada. Following the birth of their first two girls, Russ and Karen decided on a five-year plan and moved from Virginia to Las Vegas. Now 26 years later and two additional daughters, Karen worked in outpatient surgery centers and volunteered her time at church, schools, coaching her girls’ athletic teams, and the Alliance. Former NSMAA President and the Western States Alliance Coalition Chair. Karen is recently retired and again volunteers her time with the CCMSA.