Karen Durette



Karen Durette earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Simmons University. Upon graduation, Karen planned to work with wildlife but there were no real opportunities. The Park Ranger corps did not accept women at the time so she refocused her energies to earning an MBA in Business Management from Boston University. Karen spent much of her career as Vice President of Human Resources for GTE and General Dynamics.

Though Karen retired as an executive of fortune 500 companies, she is most proud of her post-retirement volunteer efforts. After taking early retirement, she moved to Venice and found the Wildlife Center. Karen likes to say that it took her 60 years to decide what she wanted to be when she grew up, spending the last 11 years working in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. She has spent countless hours tirelessly rehabilitating various wildlife in the local community, including many late-night rescues. In 2017, she joined the Board of Directors and has spent the last two years as Secretary of the Board. Karen’s commitment to the mission cannot be overstated as she has dedicated her time, skill, and effort in just about every capacity—rescues, rehabilitation, release of wildlife, dispatch and office activities, fundraising, education, and community outreach.

Karen lives in Venice with her husband, Andy, and their pit bull rescue, Rosie, and numerous home care wildlife babies.


• University of New Hampshire FSWC – Board of Directors
• Blue Ocean Society
• Boston Harbor Sailing Club
• Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM)