Karen Grebener
Management Recruiter

Karen Grebener joined M. Thrailkill & Associates in early 2017 as our newest recruiter.

Karen was born and raised in Arcadia in Southern California. After high school, she stayed close to home and went to California State Polytechnic University in Pomona where she received her undergraduate degree in Liberal Arts. She continued pursing her education at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles, where her law degree was conferred in 1995.

Shortly thereafter, Karen began her professional career in non-profit management, working for organizations such as the American Cancer Society and Junior Achievement. She worked in event planning and fundraising. In less than a year after starting with the American Cancer Society, Karen was promoted to Regional Director where she helped oversee their Northern Illinois office. Over the years, Karen was fortunate enough to work with a team of dedicated volunteers and employees and be a part of raising millions of dollars for cancer research, education and awareness.

In the summer of 2005, Karen and her family relocated to the Denver CO area. It was then that she began her recruiting career, working for a boutique recruiting firm which specialized in commercial construction. From the outset, she was successful, where she was their top producer in 2006 and 2007.

In 2009, Karen and her family were offered the opportunity to move to Germany and work with American military families. While there, she worked in public health for the US Army, focusing on mitigating high risk behavior in Soldiers and their families. With such rewarding work, her family extended their stay and ended up living in Germany for over six years.

At the urging of her extended family, Karen and her family returned to Colorado in 2015. There, she was able to return to her passion of recruiting by working as a Corporate Recruiter for Noodles & Company. During her tenure, she hired countless managers for their restaurants all over the Western United States.

Karen is married with two children, living in Fort Collins, CO. Whenever possible, she volunteers at her children’s schools, at her church and is on the Board of Directors for the Willow Springs Community Swim Team. Karen enjoys baking, cooking, entertaining, reading, cheering on her son at his swim meets and spending time outdoors with her family.