Karen Stanley is a Program Manager for the Healthy Communities Program. The Healthy Communities program provides funding to 84 local health departments/health districts statewide to implement evidence-based community interventions that address poor nutrition, physical inactivity, tobacco use, violence and unintentional injury. Karen is a Registered Dietitian and has 25 years of Public Health experience having worked at the local level in Pitt County earlier in her career as a Health Promotion Nutritionist and as part of the Chronic Disease and Injury Section addressing policy, environmental, and systems change strategies. She is a passionate supporter of “food for all” and is a long-standing member of the NC Local Food Council, NC’s state food council, and sits on the Food and Health Subcommittee. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Nutrition Science and completed her dietetic internship at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. She is a foodie, enjoys baking, and providing treats for her colleagues and friends.