Karolyn Chowning, MS – Oklahoma State Coordinator


Karo has coordinated Provide‘s Referrals Program in Oklahoma since January 2014. She lives in south Oklahoma City and is past president of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, a 501(c)(4) organization formed in 2010. Karo supports pregnant and parenting people with training as a birth doula, abortion doula and lactation coach, and is a co-founder of Oklahomans for Paid Family Leave. Prior to Provide, she directed two U.S. Department of Education college access TRiO grant projects hosted at Oklahoma City Community College – Upward Bound and Student Support Services. Karo has taught college courses in introductory psychology, introductory writing, personality, and research methods; she adores teaching behavioral statistics. She has worked on research projects addressing traumatic brain injury, assertiveness, self-focus, incivility, decision-making, and optimism. In September 2001, Karo enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve and served for 10 years as a construction specialist and training sergeant. She received her Bachelor of Science from Wright State University and her Master of Science from the University of Oklahoma in personality and social psychology. Karo prefers that you pronounce her name however you would pronounce Karo brand corn syrup.

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