Karen Brown Kumpf

Profile Updated: January 25, 2010
Karen Brown
Residing In: Marietta, OH USA
Spouse/Partner: Karl Kumpf
Occupation: Executive Director of an NPO
Children: Kristin, born on 6/21/75 a national organizer for a NPO; Kenn, born on 12/25/77, a doctoral student More…in music compostion at Nothwestern
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I graduated from CCM in 1965 and taught for one year in Cincinnati. In 1966, I married a former Woodwardite, Karl Kumpf. I taught two more years in New Jersey while Karl was in seminary.

We moved back to Ohio, and I taught private piano lessons for six years until I finally became a mother!

I retired from elementary music in 1997. In 1998, I began teaching one day a week at Head Start, and I'm still doing that and having a ball!

In 2005, I finally answered a twenty-year call from God, and launched a food recovery program coupled with community gardening. Harvest of Hope (HOH) receives donated food- which has reached it's sell-by date but is still good to eat- and takes the food to area agencies and pantries.

Since 2006, HOH has recovered over 175,000 pounds of food which has helped to meet the increasing numbers of families who are needing to rely on pantries and soup kitchens. Our refrigerated truck is on the road 3-4 times a week.

Our community garden program will add the eighth garden site in the county this season. HOH provides gardening classes, plots, seeds, plants, and tools for those unable to afford gardening. In 2009, we had a total of 77 gardeners in two communities. We anticipate an increase of around 100 gardeners for the 2010 season. The garden program collaborates with the OSU Extension Office, Marietta College, and several local school districts.

All of this work is accomplished by over 100 volunteers, who gave over 2,600 hours in 2009. I can truly say that working with so many committed volunteers is the most rewarding thing I have ever done.

School Story:

I remember Show Case with all of the drama that only Mr. Mac could supply, especially when he was balling us out on dress rehearsal night, or was it between acts on performance nights?

I left poor Paula Gothard sitting at the piano on stage waiting for me to come and join her for our two-piano act. I was running around looking for the girl who had borrowed my shoes that I wanted to wear on stage. Needless to say, Mr. Mac was furious at intermission!

Being in Ensemble was the most incredible experience, and most of the memories are wonderful. Thanks to all of you who made Ensemble a fantastic memory. I don't think any of us will ever forget Mr. Mac.

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