US Vice President Mike Pence, his wife Karen and Surgeon General Jerome Adams were vaccinated for COVID-19 on Friday in a live-television event. The event was aimed at reassuring Americans that the vaccine is safe.
— Mike Pence (@Mike_Pence) December 18, 2020
Here are five things to know about the Second Lady, Karen Pence.
- Karen Pence is a mother, educator and an award-winning watercolor artist. She earned a B.S. and M.S. in Elementary Education from Butler University in Indianapolis. Before becoming the First Lady of Indiana in 2013, she dedicated 25 years in the classroom as an elementary school teacher.
- Karen and Vice President Mike Pence have been married since 1985. They are proud parents to son Michael, daughter Charlotte and Audrey. Karen is a Blue Star mom with her son serving in the United States Marine Corps.
- In her role as First Lady of Indiana, she created the Indiana First Lady’s Charitable Foundation, a 501 (c)3, established with the purpose to encourage and support youth and families of Indiana. It awarded over $600,000 in grants to charities throughout Indiana in three years.
- As Second Lady of the United States, Pence helped in raising awareness and educating the public about the mental health profession of art therapy in the United States and around the world. She also served as a board member for Tracy’s Kids, an art therapy program for young cancer patients. In October 2017, she launched her art therapy initiative, Healing with the HeART.
- In February 2017, Tracy’s Kids honoured Pence with the Courage Award for her support of art therapy programs across the United States and world. Children’s National Health System awarded her with the Hero Award for the same. In January of 2020, she was appointed as the Lead Ambassador of PREVENTS (President’s Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide).
Shivangi Thapa is an intern with SheThePeople.TV