Karen Shirley

Community Coordination Associate, Dine' Naazbaa' Partnership (DNP)

Karen Shirley serves as a Community Coordination Associate for Dine' Naazbaa' Partnership, (DNP) a program of America's Warrior Partnership. In this position, she reaches out to local Navajo Nation veterans, families, and caretakers to support them in any way she can.

Karen is a Native American (Navajo) living on the reservation of KinDahLiChii, Arizona. She previously assisted the veterans in the community through Ft. Defiance Veteran’s Agency for 2 years as their non-veteran secretary. Before she worked for the veteran community, she passionately worked with special needs children and adults for 19 years.

She is a mom of 3 adult children (2 boys and 1 girl) and they are her life every day. She resides with her elderly parents whom she loves very much. Supporting veterans is important to her as her dad is a Korean Veteran. In her free time, she loves to watch movies, listen to music, and especially loves to bake.