Meet Karen Backes

  • Title: Dean of Admission
  • Email:
  • Phone: 800-544-1489
  • Territory: Blake School, Breck School, Minnehaha Academy, Mounds Park Academy, Saint John's Prep School, St. Paul Academy and Summit School, Trinity School at River Ridge, Kansas and Missouri
  • Hometown: Melrose, Minn.
  • High School: Melrose
  • College: 1987 CSB/SJU graduate
  • Major: Communication

    Fun facts:
    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, traveling, reading and spending time at the cabin. I have two children – Emma (19 years) and Chris (17 years). Emma is a first-year student at CSB.

    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