Welcome Karen Middendorf: ORLT's Newest Board Member
by Carla on May 30th, 2018

By Carla Francis, Outreach and
Development Coordinator

Having recently returned from a wolf tour of Yellowstone National Park, Karen Middendorf sat down for an interview. Enthusiastic descriptions of wolves, elk, and moose followed. “She’s one of us,” I quickly gathered.

Middendorf, who joined the ORLT board in February, has been involved in the Athens community for many years. She is the founder of Firehall 4 Animal Hospital, a 10-year member of the Athens-Clarke County Planning Commission, and a founding member of the Piedmont Gardeners.

A resident of Clarke County for nearly 40 years, she originally hails from Huntingburg, Indiana. A handful of years after earning her undergraduate degree from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Purdue University, she and her late husband, Wayne, moved to Athens. There they raised 4 children on their horse farm in northwestern Clarke County.

In 2016, Middendorf sold Firehall 4 Animal Hospital, where she still works part time as a veterinarian. She now spends more time with family, gardening, quilting, and hiking in the mountains.

Middendorf credits her father, a two-time board member of the Nature Conservancy, for her appreciation of the natural world. She fondly recalls visiting family forestry land with him, where she learned in person the positive impacts timber stand improvements can have on forests.

Middendorf is well-equipped to serve on a board that works to protect a variety of landscapes, from forests to farms.

Welcome to ORLT, Karen!

Photo by Jason Thrasher

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