Kids At Risk Action (KARA) Board
KARA’s Mission is to support the people, policies and programs that make life better for abused & neglected children
by creating awareness, initiating conversations and involving the community in discussing
childhood trauma and generational child abuse
KARA engages principals, teachers, social workers, lawyers, judges, police officers, parents,
students, health professionals, and the larger community in stopping & healing child abuse, and trauma.
CAROL KOEPP – Retired Special Education Teacher (Wayzata High); Retired Social Justice Coordinator, First Unitarian Society, Mpls; Co-developer of Public Policy Committee, NAMI-Eastside, Redmond, WA.
DAMON KOCINA, Father, coach, marketing guru dedicated to improved child protection and support for young families.
MIKE TIKKANEN, Author: Invisible Children, volunteer CASA Guardian ad Litem in Hennepin County since 1996, current and founding board member of CASAMN and Founder & President of KARA. Mike has owned and operated several companies and arranged the purchase and sale of about 100 MN companies. He is unapologetically and passionately committed to improving the lives of at risk children.
JOE MCCARTHY Corporate managements positions at The Pillsbury Company, Eli Lilly & Company and Dayton Hudson Corporation- founder of international public relations firm, Pinnacle Worldwide, Inc.- military officer and spokesperson for the Department of the Army – Pentagon- high school teacher and long-time supporter of children’s issues.
TIFFINI FLYNN FORSLUND Teacher, Volunteer CASA guardian ad-Litem (past), Individual of Color, African American who overcame many struggles and could have easily become one of the statistics KARA is trying to help.
KARA Past Advisors;
DR David McCollum
DR Read Sulik
KARA Ex Officio Board:
DR Thomas Carter MD
Note – KARA does not have staff or resources to work on individual cases
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KARA’S Mission; To support the people, programs and polices that improve the lives of abused and neglected children
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