Meet Karen Sieben Backes

  • Title: Dean of Admission
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Phone: 800-544-1489
  • Territory: Minnesota high schools: Blake, Breck, Minnehaha Academy, Mounds Park Academy, Saint John's Prep, Sartell, St. Cloud Tech, St. Paul Academy and Summit, and Trinity School at River Ridge
  • Hometown: Melrose, Minnesota
  • 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 enjoy running, traveling, reading and spending time at the cabin. I have two children – Emma (23 years) and Chris (21 years). Emma graduated from CSB in 2019 with a degree in nutrition and is currently interning as a dietitian to complete the requirements to become registered dietitian. Chris is a junior economics major at SJU and a member of the football team.

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