Karen Stagg, the Executive Director of Connections For Life, is committed to helping formerly incarcerated women rebuild their lives. Connections For Life is a non-profit, prison reentry program that has been serving women for over twenty years. Karen considers it an honor and privilege to have been serving these women for over thirteen of those years. During that time she has helped guide many women from dependence to independence and has witnessed some very courageous women do incredible and life-changing things.
Karen is a graduate of Louisiana State University and prior to her current role; she enjoyed a successful corporate career in healthcare operations. While she enjoyed her work, she wanted to live life with more intentionality and thus was introduced to the opportunity to serve in her current role. While she serves in a leadership role at Connections, she could never achieve her goals of service without her outstanding small (but mighty!) team of employees and the support from the Connections For Life Board of Directors, volunteers from First United Methodist Church, Louisiana State University and her ever-supportive husband, Brian. Karen serves on the Capital Area Alliance for the Homeless Board, Capital Area Reentry Coalition Steering Team and Department of Corrections Women’s Task Force. She is the past recipient of the United Methodist Sarah Schoeffler Mission Award, United Methodist Women’s Service Award and the Baton Rouge Women Attorney’s Tribute Award.
Karen is very honored to receive this recognition and she accepts it on behalf of so many who help make her work and the success of Connections For Life possible. She firmly believes that when a community comes together amazing things can happen. One of her favorite quotes by Margaret Mead is “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has”.