Karen Arrison

Board Member at Large

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 a past board chair for Buffalo Toronto Public Media. She is also president of Karen Fick Design, Inc., a position she has held for 34 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. Mrs. Arrison serves on several additional boards including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation Board, the WNED/WBFO Foundation board, The Preservation League of New York State, and Kleinhans Music Hall. Karen also recently joined the board of SASI, Inc.

She and her husband are also recipients of the Preservation Buffalo Niagara Award for Restoration as well as the Red Jacket Award. They are also patrons of the Stradivari Society of Chicago and founders of Wisdom Farm, an interactive and integrative wellness farm whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate horses and to then ask those horses to assist with workshops for returning veterans dealing with PTSD and others who could benefit from Equine Facilitated Learning experiences.