Hi, I'm Karen
I was born Karen Sue Reinhardt and raised in Milwaukee by a loving family In a wonderful neighborhood.
I was born deaf; the doctors told my mom that I would never hear. My Eustachian tube was solid bone, not a tube & according to science, "Bones CANNOT become tubes." My mother told all three doctors, "You do not know my God." Mom would often be asked why was her little one so silent? Mom's standard answer was, "She’s deaf, but God‘s going to heal her." Mom had the whole community praying for me, people of every faith. At about 1 and a half years old, I was miraculously healed.
I do believe in miracles YES, YES and YES!
I am one of five children, born in Milwaukee to a loving family. My dedicated parents raised us with ethics, values, principles, obedience, and a firm hand. We also enjoyed lots of fun and many recreational activities.
My father, was a craftsman, builder, carpenter, and inventor. He served in the US Navy. He was sent to Pearl Harbor to help rebuild Hawaii after the bombing of our harbor.
I had to pay for my own education, so I worked full-time and went to school full-time. I had to end my extracurricular activities, but continued to play my clarinet and kept up an active physical life swimming, biking, skiing, and golf.
I left Wisconsin when I was 29 years old. I was working for a WR Grace corporation, Coco‘s restaurant, and they transferred me as assistant manager to Arizona. That is where I met my husband, Alfonso Gentile, we have been married for over 35 years. I have two stepchildren, five grandsons and one great grandson.
I am a military wife of 23 years. My husband served in the Navy, Coast Guard and Army.
I became a deputy sheriff for Monterey County, California and served for 17 years. I worked in corrections, court services, patrol, and administration services. I was a member of the CERT team, a training officer, a classification officer and a DARE deputy. My two favorite positions were classification and DARE. I had a vast knowledge and experience in law-enforcement, the schools, and community services.
I am currently a retired deputy sheriff, and a YMCA teacher. I am an assistant teacher at our Feith site for K3 in the mornings and afternoon. I teach at Lumen Christi, and have been at the site for four years helping to run our after school program. I am an ardent and dedicated worker, seeking to bring out the best in every child's special talent and unique gifts. I find I’m always learning new things from our children, as they are the light of our lives.
I love God...
I love America...
I care about our children and our community... and believe you do, too.
I believe in the work that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. brought to our country, as one of our greatest leaders, civil rights activist, author and minister. He spoke out for the truth, justice, liberty, equality in the rights of every individual regardless of their race, creed or color. I agree and support the teachings of Dr. King Junior. He was dedicated to the proposition that; "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness."
“When our days become dreary with low-hovering clouds of despair, and when our nights become darker than a thousand midnights, let us remember that there is a creative force in this universe, working to pull down the gigantic mountains of evil, a power that is able to make a way out of no way and transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows," Dr Martin Luther King Jr.
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that," Dr. King Jr.
“I have decided to stick to love…Hate is too great a burden to bear," Dr King Jr.
Like Dr Martin Luther King Jr. I believe, "Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." "In the End, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."
With your help, encouragement and participation I am certain we can make Milwaukee County a beacon of hope for the entire nation a people working together to solve our problems and bring back peace, stability, growth and safety to our shared community.