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Disability Can’t Stop this Motivational Expert

Posted by Beverly Carroll, U.S. Forest Service Office of Communication in Forestry
Dec 09, 2011

Can’t is a four letter word that is not in Karren Alexander’s vocabulary. Having lost both arms in an accident at a very early age has not stopped Karren from reaching for the stars and trying to spread joy and determination to others.

Karren’s philosophy and purpose in life is to encourage and inspire other people. She stated, “I’ve lived my life instructing, guiding, motivating, and teaching others to be more than they think they can be.” Karren believes nothing is impossible and looks at life as being a beautiful thing. She never lets obstacles get in her way, always finding a solution to any problem or situation.

“Leave that legacy, if I am doing it for you; so you in turn make sure you do it for other people”; “and expand someone else’s life,” stated Karren.

See what else Alexander has to say in the Forest Service special feature of Faces of the Forest, a bi-weekly feature by the Office of Communication to showcase the people, places, and professions within the agency. Alexander is just one of the more than 35,000 employees whose work ensures the health of the nation’s 193 million acres of forests and grasslands.

Karren Alexander. USFS Photo.
Karren Alexander. USFS Photo.
Category/Topic: Forestry