The CMHS Alumni Spotlight showcases and recognizes outstanding Cardinal Mooney Alumni for their academic and professional achievements, service to their community, and their continuation of Cardinal Mooney’s tradition of “Sanctity, Scholarship, and Discipline”. With the Alumni Spotlight, we will explore and regularly share the diverse accomplishments of our graduates.
Karen Williamson McCallum, Class of 1998
Professional Career & History
As Boardman Park’s Recreation Director, Camp Director and Education Specialist, Karen is responsible for planning and implementing a variety of recreational and environmental programs for people of all ages and abilities. Over the last 14 years, Karen has implemented a number of successful Park programs including Senior Fun Day, Adventure Day Camp, the Father-Daughter Dance, Supper with Santa, Evening with the Easter Bunny, Mommy and Me for Tea, Date Knight, Outdoor Family Day, Halloween Events and Baby Bargain Boutique to name a few. Karen is also the Park Naturalist; she visits local schools to teach about Ohio wildlife, interacting with nearly 2000 area students a year. Karen also has to wear her marketing “hat” as the Park Recreation Director. She is responsible for creating key communications and publications to promote Park events with many local media outlets.
Through her programs, Karen strives to involve as much of the community as possible in Boardman Park activities. She works diligently to heighten community awareness regarding the endless benefits of having Parks and Recreation in your life.
Karen graduated from Bowling Green State University in 2002 with a B.S. Education and a major in Recreation.
Some of Karen’s fondest memories are related to her family ties at CMHS. The strongest being with her dad, Mr. Al Williamson (CMHS Class of 1965). Not only was her dad her teacher and volleyball coach, he was her chauffeur and dance chaperone. Karen is so proud that her father is the unmistakable voice of the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals for the past 30 + years, announcing at home football games. Whether she was attending the weekly games in the stands or helping her dad to “spot” in the press box, it all creates a “touchdown” memory for Karen! As much as she may have been embarrassed at the time, when she looks back, those moments and memories fill her heart. She will forever link the love she has for Mooney through her father’s commitment and dedication to her and her five siblings, all of whom are proud Mooney grads!
Karen also fondly remembers helping Ms. Shugart with the 5th grade retreats by running the “team building” challenges. In addition, she credits Mrs. Mastro-Nard and her CMHS Speech team experience for helping her build the strong presentation skills she has today. She can honestly say that being a part of the Mooney Family has helped her to recognize the importance of “community and fellowship”, both of which are critical to her success at Boardman Park.
Personal Life & Interests
Karen is married to Chris McCallum. Their daughter Kelsey is 11 years old and in the 6th grade and her son Brayden is 9 years old and in the 3rd grade. Both attend Boardman Schools. Karen is the youngest of 6 children and 4 out of 6 of the Williamson siblings live in Mahoning County.
In her free time, Karen is the Phantom Youth Hockey -Squirt team manager and the McCallum family is a host family for a Youngstown Phantom’s hockey player. Karen is an active member and volunteer for many other organizations: the Ohio Parks and Recreation Association, National Parks and Recreation Association, Boardman Civic Association, Boardman Drug and Safety Council, American Red Cross, Ohio Project WILD Facilitator-Ohio Division of Wildlife, Ohio Reads , MOPS (Mothers of Preschools), National Wild Turkey Federation of Women, and the West Blvd and BCIS PTAs.
Karen’s final reflection: The measure of her success is not by how many degrees she has, but the amount of lives that she has touched and moments and memories she has created while working at Boardman Park, our community’s Green Oasis. She gets to experience the joy of positively impacting lives on a daily basis through so many wonderful Park programs and events. She loves what she does and she is very proud of her community, her friends and her family.