Karen Landy received her Bachelor of Science (BS) and Master of Science (MS) from Florida Gulf Coast University. She joined the faculty in the Department of Health Sciences in December 2002. Karen has served as an Instructor in both undergraduate and graduate level courses in the College of Health Professions and Social Work, and was the Program Director for the Bachelor of Science Health Sciences program. She has been a longtime advocate for vulnerable populations in the southwest Florida community. She provides education, training, research and services for the varied needs of the growing aging population in southwest Florida. Her honors and awards include: Nominee for the 2016 FGCU Office of Service Learning and Civic Engagement Commitment to Service Award, FGCU Faculty winner in recognition of Scholarly Excellence in the Service Learning category (2007 and 2008). Karen’s primary interests are in the areas of gerontology (aging), health care law and ethics, leadership in health care and the integration of service learning into course curricula. She is active in developing course materials, revising existing course materials and teaching a full time instruction load. Karen serves as a teaching mentor for new faculty in the College of Health Professions and Social Work. She has lead over 750 students through approximately 10,500 hours of service learning at FGCU since 2002. Her community connections are recognized within the College of Health Professions and Social Work as she serves as a point-of-contact for colleagues and community projects.