Karen Figler - Community Service Person of the Year - 2009


Karen Figler is a lifelong Grand Island resident.  With a strong commitment to her church and community, she has been happy to serve in many capacities.

She has been married to Rom Figler for 28 years and together, they support one another in their service to the Grand Island Community. Her three sons, Jonathan, Jeremy and Justin have also been called into service over the years to help out with many projects and programs.

Karen has taught Physical Education and health at St. Stephen’s school for 28 years and has run “Karen’s Aerobics” exercise program on Grand Island for 30 years. Over the years, through her aerobics program, Karen has organized and participated in many charitable programs, such as “Dance for Heart” with the American Heart Association and the American Lung Association.

Her passion for her students, both young and old, makes it easy for her to strive to make a difference in their lives.

Her dedication to St. Stephen School provides for many opportunities to participate in the Home School Association’s functions and fundraisers as a chairperson, committee member and past vice president.

Her love for her faith community at St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church has allowed her to serve in many programs that have enriched her life enormously.

Her positive influence and upbeat personality make her a true ambassador to the Town Of Grand Island.