Bio

Karen Jean Matsko Hood was born in Great Falls, Montana, where she attended St. Gerard’s Elementary School and graduated from Great Falls Central Catholic High School. Hood received scholarships from the College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, Minnesota, and also attended St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota.

After student teaching high school biology in Minneapolis, Minnesota, for four years, she married James G. Hood, her college sweetheart, in her home state of Montana. From there, Hood and her husband moved to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, where they both taught junior high and high school math and sciences. They then moved to Iowa City, Iowa, where she worked as a research assistant and a part-time teacher for four years.

In 1980, Hood and her husband moved to Spokane, Washington. She currently lives in Greenacres, Washington with her husband, sixteen children, and foster children. Her many experiences have inspired her to continue to conduct research and write amidst her busy family and professional schedule.

Ms. Hood has continued her education by taking a variety of postgraduate classes at Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington; University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; Spokane Community College, Spokane Washington; Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington; Taylor University, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Lewis-Clark State College, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; and University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa. She is currently working to complete her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies through Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

Ms. Hood is an active child advocate and has worked as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) in the Spokane Juvenile Court System. She and her husband have also provided a home for many foster children. Along with their five biological children, they have adopted eleven children into their family from the United States, Korea, India, and Ethiopia.

Biography and Credentials

Ms. Hood was born and raised in Great Falls, Montana. As an undergraduate she attended the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota; St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota; and the University of Great Falls in Great Falls, Montana. Hood received a B.S. Degree in Natural Science from the College of St. Benedict and minored in both Psychology and Secondary Education. Upon her graduation, Hood and her husband taught science and math on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In May 2001, she received her Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministry at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. Ms. Hood has taken postgraduate classes at Taylor University in Fort Wayne, Indiana; Lewis and Clark College on the North Idaho college campus in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho; Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington; Spokane Community College, Spokane, Washington; Washington State University, Pullman, Washington; University of Washington, Seattle, Washington; and Eastern Washington University, Cheney, Washington. Hood is working on research projects to complete her Ph.D. in Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.