harwell-k2In a special meeting on Thursday, February 2, 2017, the Lone Star Family Health Center (LSFHC) Board of Directors named current Chief Financial Officer and Interim Chief Business Officer, Karen Harwell, CPA, as its choice for Chief Business Officer (CBO).

“After the search committee completed its search of candidates for CBO, it was clear that we already had the right person for the job,” said Board Chairman Duke Coon, “Karen stepped up immediately when we needed her last year and has proven that her knowledge of our organization, dedication to our patients and staff, and ability to lead, make her our only option to continue our path of growth.”

The Board made a strategic decision in 2016 to create two executive leadership positions for LSFHC. Harwell was asked to fill the role of Interim CBO while the search committee did a national search for a permanent CBO. The seven member committee reviewed and screened candidates four months before deciding that Harwell was their choice.

Harwell was hired in 2012 as Director of Finance for the non-profit Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and has helped grow the organization from one location in Conroe to three fully functioning clinics with a fourth in the planning stages. Since taking on the role of Interim CBO in August 2016 she, alongside Interim Chief Medical Officer Dr. Lata Joshi, has guided the organization through the creation of a new three-year strategic plan and a brand refresh while maintaining continuity in patient care and day to day operations and also visiting with elected officials in Austin to discuss future funding.

“When the Board of Directors chose to take Lone Star on a new strategic path, Karen made that transition as seamless as possible. She has been there every step of the way not only for our patients, but for our faculty and staff, assuring everyone that this organization has a bright future,” said Coon.

Harwell is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Master of Science in Accounting from Texas A&M University. She is a member of the Texas Society of CPAs and a graduate of the Leadership Montgomery County Class of 2015. She lives in Montgomery County with her husband and two children.

About Lone Star Family Health Center
Founded in 2002, Lone Star Family Health Center is a 501(c)(3), non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center with a mission to provide compassionate, affordable healthcare and prepare tomorrow’s family medicine professionals. The health center’s main location is at 605 South Conroe Medical Drive next to Conroe Regional Medical Center with satellite clinics in Spring and Willis, TX. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 936.539.4

By Conroe / Lake Conroe Chamber
Published February 6, 2017


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