Karyn Smith


  •  Elected April 2, 2019
  • Current term:  2023-2027


Retired educator from Illinois State University College of Business. Continues as part-time instructor at Olivet College, Michigan.

Quick Facts about Karyn

  • Graduate of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business
  • Professional credentials include CFP and CPA. 
  • Spent many years in the accounting industry before crossing over to teaching both Financial and Managerial Accounting. 
  • Also worked in insurance, retirement housing and as a treasurer on Frank McCloskey’s 1982 campaign for Congress. 


  • Karyn, her husband and daughter, are actively involved with the Special Olympics; all share a deep connection to its purpose. 
  • When she’s not in the classroom or spending time with her family, you might find Karyn lost in a thrilling mystery novel, out walking her dogs or tending flowers in her yard.

Message from Karyn

My personal focus is advocating for accessible programs and services designed for those with special needs.