Karen L. Kilgo
President/CEO of Flat Rock Homes, Care center, and Community Services
Karen Kilgo has served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Flat Rock Homes, Care Center, and Community Services since June 1, 2016.
Karen has 28 years of executive management experience, including 17 years working in mission-driven, nonprofit ministries in Atlanta, Georgia. Before coming to Flat Rock, she most recently served as Chief Human Capital Officer at Atlanta Mission, which provides emergency and temporary shelter, recovery programming, job attainment services, and transitional housing for more than 1,000 men, women, and children daily.
Karen has managed multi-million dollar budgets and led large staffs of employees and volunteers. She was the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Karen Kilgo and Associates, a business and consulting management firm, and spent 13 years leading Christian City, a non-profit ministry in Union City, Georgia that includes group homes, foster care programs, and transitional living for children, as well as behavioral/mental health counseling, skilled nursing and assisted/senior living communities.
While in Georgia, Karen was active in the lay leadership of McDonough First United Methodist Church, where she taught adult Sunday school and served on various boards and committees. She was active in UMW at the church, district, and conference levels. She is a member of Norwalk First United Methodist Church in the East Ohio Conference, Norwalk’s United Methodist Women group, and the church’s Finance Committee.
Certified by the HR Certification Institute as a Senior Professional in Human Resources, Karen has been recognized by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Certified Professional. She earned a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Sociology from Berry College in Mount Berry, Georgia, and a Master of Science degree in Education/Human Resources Development from Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.
Karen serves on the Board of Directors for the Values and Faith Alliance, an association of Ohio faith and values-based agency providers that serve children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In February 2021, she was named as a Community Representative to the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee for Kendal at Oberlin, a vibrant life care community for older adults in Oberlin, OH.
She serves as a member of the Board of Mission, a member of the Health and Welfare Committee, and as the leader of the DisAbilities Awareness Team for the East Ohio Conference of the United Methodist Church. She is a Certified Lay Servant Minister in the Firelands District of the East Ohio Conference. She has previously served as a delegate to the East Ohio Annual Conference from 2018-2020. Karen has served on the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Association since 2019 and will begin serving as Secretary on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the United Methodist Association in April 2021.