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Karen Treber

General Counsel of Salisbury University, Maryland. AFS Host Family and Volunteer

Karen Treber is the General Counsel of Salisbury University, Maryland. She previously served as General Counsel at Frostburg State University and has been with the University System of Maryland for over 27 years. She provides legal and strategic advice to the university’s president and senior administrators and oversees all aspects of the university’s legal affairs. Karen is also a certified mediator and an adjunct professor of Higher Education Law. For the first 10 years of her career, she practiced corporate law. Karen serves on numerous local and national boards and foundations and was an elected member of the Allegany County, MD school board.

Early in her career, Karen spent a year at a law firm in Italy, where she recognized the importance of immersion in other cultures. In 2009, her family hosted their first AFS student from Portugal and have since hosted nine more. Karen has served as an AFS volunteer in nearly every role there is, including hosting coordinator, sponsored programs coordinator, chapter chair, and in support, orientation, study abroad, flight chaperone and on the Sponsored Programs Advisory Group. She strongly believes in the benefits that AFS brings to rural communities where there is little opportunity to meet people from other countries. As a Quaker, she lives the AFS mission to bring global peace through international and cultural exchange.

Karen received a B.A. from Bryn Mawr College and her J.D. from George Washington University Law. Her favorite activities are playing the viola in the Salisbury Symphony, studying Portuguese with her teacher in Lisbon and walking on the beach near her home. She and her husband David have two sons whom they love to visit, along with their AFS sons, daughters and friends they have made around the world.