Kara Schweitzer is a Family Life Educator serving Carroll, Lee, Whiteside Counties, and other areas of Northwest Illinois. She is passionate about providing educational programs and experiences to promote well-being for individuals and families throughout their lifespan. Kara’s interests include healthy aging, brain health, stress management, caregiving, and mindfulness.
Kara earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Saint Mary’s College in 2014 and a Master’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation from The University of Iowa in 2016. She has maintained the Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (CTRS) credential from the National Council of Therapeutic Recreation Certification since 2016. She has also maintained the Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) credential from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners since 2020.
Before joining Extension, Kara worked as a Recreational Therapist in several healthcare and human service settings in Illinois and Indiana, including skilled nursing and memory care, inpatient and outpatient behavioral healthcare, and community special recreation. She has extensive experience developing and implementing educational and experiential programs for children through older adults to promote mental, emotional, social, and physical well-being.
In her free time, Kara enjoys spending time with her family and her dog, traveling, being in nature, crafting, and swimming.