Karen Hawkins
963 South High Street
Bridgton, ME 04009
Phone 207-647-3734
Fax 207-647-5801
E-mail: barefoot@offthewallemporium.com


  • (1969 - 1973) worked part-time while attending High school at a local supermarket (Star Supermarket) in all departments, concurrently working at Troy Savings bank in mortgage dept (summer 1971) - prepared paperwork to be entered into computers, and working for a veterinarian; Dr Harold Zweig (summer 1972) getting his standardbred race horse yearlings ready for auction
  • Raised and trained (showing occasionally) Paso Fino horses since 1970.
  • Upon graduation from college I worked at Griffin Laboratories - NY State Dept of Health, Division of Labs and Research in Voorhesville, NY (Oct 1973 - June 1976), here I was qualified as an Assistant Lab Animal Technician by the American Association for Lab Animal Science. My duties included maintaining detailed records of multi-generational breeding colonies, hands on work with these colonies and varied laboratory tasks. 
  • Moved to E. Baldwin, Maine in fall of 1976:  
  • Laborer in finish room at Hiram Woodcraft (fall 1976)
  • Shopkeeper at The Storehouse in Gorham, ME (Oct 1976 - Sept 1977)  
  • Apple orchard worker – owner: John Gyger, Five Field Farms (Sept 1977 - Oct 1983) (cared for apple trees, grading apples, large equipment operation including tractors, bulldozer, back hoe, fork lift) - received my class 2 driver's license while working here1980 - moved to Bridgton (present address) 
  • Seamstress- owner – Kenyon King, Log House Designs (1982-1983) Sewing piecework Twin Gable Farm Enterprises, Inc. - (1983) Russell Welch Interior decorating 
  •  I created & manufactured an item (KeyPer),sold by L.L. Bean's (1992-1994) 
  • Day care provider - up to 16 - 24 kids daily (1983 - 1995) 
  • I was a foster parent (1983 - 1998); 1994 – 1998: therapeutic foster care for the Maine Youth Center. 
  • I am a freelance writer. Published articles (weekly and seasonal newspapers and primate publications), include; “The Grapevine”,  "The Country Press", "The Bridgton News", "Rocky Mtn. Feed & Livestock Journal", "The Sun Journal", "The Simian", "The Primate Care Journal", "The Primate Care Handbook", NeighborhoodAmerica.com, Suite101.com and "Zooba.com".  I was Lead Editor of the Primate Care Journal; a quarterly publication, an SSA publication for two years.
  • I edited manuscripts for Dr. Shyui Zhang, Professor at the Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Science.  
  • I taught myself HTML coding and created my own website (www.offthewallemporium.com).
  • I do graphic design, including personalized business cards and stationery. Samples may be found on my web site: www.offthewallemporium.com 
  • I design, maintain and host web sites. (see partial list below) 
  • Relief DSP worker for Good Neighbor’s Inc. (Oct 2009 – 2018) 
  • Raise purebred French Angora rabbits (2004 – present) 
  • Conduct worship service once a month at the Bridgton United Methodist Church (July 2013 – present)



  • I was born in Albany, NY - May 6, 1953. I grew up in East Greenbush, NY (across the river from Albany) where I graduated from Columbia High School with a Regents diploma.
  • I attended Russell Sage College (Sept 1971 - Jan 1972 English - major, Science - minor) then transferred to Junior College of Albany (Jan 1972 - May 1973) graduating with an Associates degree in Liberal Arts. I took extra science courses at Hudson Valley Community College (Sept 1973 - Jan 1974; advanced biology, genetics, microbiology).
  • Certified SATS trainer: Syn Alia Traing System: Perception Modification:  prepare animals to learn, and to LIVE Bridge and Target:  Training techniques to teach an animal new behaviors and concepts, ideal for teaching tricks, skills, and ideas.  Speeds teaching obedience, freestyle, detection, assistance, hunting


Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Paso Fino Horse Association since 1973
  • Member/Secretary of CCART (Cumberland County Animal Response Team (2008 – present)



Volunteer Experience

  • I am a member of Momwriters and webmistress of "Momwriters.com", which I designed and maintain. It received national recognition by the "Writers Digest" magazine from 1999 - 2004 as one of the top 101 websites for writers (www.momwriters.com), website is no longer available for viewing as the group now has a "closed" Facebook page
  • Wildlife Rehabilitator (1978 to present) state and federal permitted
  • 4 - H Horse Club leader for 15 years
  • Café Dove Teen Center - volunteer staff (mentor for "at-risk" teens)
  •  Past Board Member of H.O.O.P and F.U.T.U.R.E. (2001)
  • Bridgton United Methodist Church (Sunday School Teacher: 1980 - 1997, 2000-2003, 2010 to present)
  • Treasurer/Secretary - Bridgton United Methodist Church (elected March 1999)
  • Board member of the Bridgton Food Pantry (elected March 2000)
  • Pasos Bailandos Therapeutic Riding Center - riding program (1990 - 1996) I was Executive Director and riding instructor of this therapeutic riding program for 6 years, (providing innovative therapy to individuals with physical/emotional disabilities) using my Paso Fino horses.
  • Animal -assisted activities and educational programs with primates and various wildlife - visited group homes, nursing homes, boy scout club, schools (grades kindergarten to college, including USM at Gorham's anthropology class).


Awards Received

The following awards were presented to me:

  • ”1990 Volunteer Award for Outstanding Contributions to Community Service” (national recognition)
  • Appreciation Award from Cumberland County 4-H Program for Club Leadership (December 5, 1991)
  • I was a nominee for the Jefferson Award in 1992.
  • News 8 New England Person of the Week” for March 4th, 1994 (being selected by the Bridgton’s townspeople)
  •  “Certificate of Recognition” presented by The People’s Regional Opportunity Program in October1999
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Denmark School (June 8, 1995) for Leading an Exploration Club


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