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Karen Putnam

Board VICE President

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Since the early 1960’s, the Putnam family have been summer residents of Meddybemps Lake. Frank Putnam Sr. and wife, Dorothy, made lifelong friends and wonderful memories during their Meddybemps summers. Karen first visited the lake in 1987 and fell in love. She and her family enjoy an island camp on the eastern end of the lake. Their island resembles a horseshoe and has abundant high bush blueberries. Karen served as President of the Lake Meddybemps Association from 2015 to 2017 and has

been a member of the Board of Directors of the Meddybemps Lake Association for over 5 years.  Karen is committed to the health of the lake and volunteers with the Courtesy Boat Inspection program on the lake to identify invasive plants. Kayaking is one of her favorite pastimes and you can often sight her paddling around the lake. Karen, dedicated to MLLT’s mission and success, joined the Meddybemps Lake Land Trust in 2021.


  • B.S. Experimental Psychology Bridgewater College, Bridgewater VA

  • M.S. Quantitative Epidemiology, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

  • Ph.D. Quantitative Epidemiology and Biostatistics, Department of Environmental Sciences, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati OH

Professional Affiliations and Research Interest 

  • Adjunct Faculty of University of Chapel Hill, NC

    • Areas of Research Interest Include:
      • Childhood Adversities, Synergistic Interactions and Psychiatric Outcomes in Children and Adults

      • Physician Burnout and Wellness Professional Affiliations

      • Post-partum Depression in Women

  • Board Member Meddybemps Lake Land Trust

  • Board Member Sunnyside Retirement Communities

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