Karen Stevenson has spent 20 years focusing on the intersection of technology and eldercare. She is the author and developer of ElderWeb (http://www.elderweb.com), a ten-year-old, award-winning World Wide Web site with thousands of pages of eldercare information and registered users from over 40 countries. ElderWeb was the first non-governmental Web site on this subject ever developed.
Karen has spent over 20 years in the long term care industry, including eight years of experience in accounting and consulting to the industry and nine years as the CFO of a regional chain of nursing homes and retirement communities.
Karen served as a technology consultant to SeniorNet, an organization with an award-winning web site and a vibrant on-line senior community which teaches older adults to use computers and the Internet in over 220 locations in the United States. In addition, she managed the Help Desk for IBM's Web Adaptation Technology Project. This software, still in development, makes the Web more accessible to people with vision impairments or those who have trouble using a keyboard or mouse, and IBM is working with several nonprofit organizations, including SeniorNet, to test it. Karen developed an accessible Project Web Site with multi-lingual capabilities, along with the online database management system used to distribute the software and manage the Help Desk.
Karen's professional speaking engagements include presentations on eldercare technology topics to healthcare associations, consumer organizations, educational institutions, and professional associations all across the country. She has been quoted, cited, or featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, Time, Business Week, Yahoo Internet Life, AARP Bulletin, Kiplingers, and other magazines, newspapers, and journals.
Karen is also the author of Guide to Long Term Care Financial Management She was one of the original members of the AICPA Eldercare Services Task Force of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, where she worked with accountants from several countries to develop the framework for CPA eldercare services. Karen has been selected to participate on numerous committees and task forces related to long term care reimbursement, including groups established by the Illinois Department of Public Aid, the Illinois Health Care Association, and the Illinois CPA Society.
Karen graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University with a degree in accounting and a concentration in information technology, and is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Certified Management Accountant. In her hometown of Bloomington/Normal Illinois, she has held positions as Treasurer of the Children'Â€Â™s Foundation, Treasurer of the McLean County Center for Human Resources, Vice President of the Board of Directors of the McLean County Chamber of Commerce, and President of the Board of Trustees of Second Presbyterian Church.