Meet Karen Backes

  • Title: Dean of Admission
  • Email: kbackes@csbsju.edu
  • Phone: 800-544-1489
  • Territory: Saint John's Prep School, Kansas City and Missouri
  • Hometown: Melrose, Minn.
  • High School: Melrose
  • College: 1987 CSB/SJU graduate
  • Major: Communication

    College Activities:
    I was a writer for The Record (student newspaper). I worked at HAB and Saint John's Prep School. I was on the track team and involved with student government. I studied abroad in Salzburg, Austria.

    Fun facts:
    I was a transfer student. I've been involved with the Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) program for many years. I participate in Companions on a Journey, a group that promotes spiritual companioning. I enjoy running and camping and I have two children – Emma (16 years), Christopher (14 years).

    These are a few of my favorite things:

    • Movies: Sound of Music, Dirty Dancing and Grease
    • Plays: Joseph and the Amazing Techni-color Dream Coat, Phantom of the Opera and Mama Mia
    • Books: Kite Runner and Cider House Rules