SILIEN, Dr. Karen A. Passed on September 12, 2013. She was preceded in death by her sisters, Enid B. Klandt, Diane E. Fordyce; parents, Marcia F. and Philip M. Silien; grandmother, Dorothy Sherman. Karen is survived by her brother-in-law, John Klandt; two nephews, Christopher and Jonathan; brother, Gary Silien. Karen maintained a thriving private practice in Nashville as a psychologist and founded Inbodied Living, an organization dedicated to holistic living. Karen received her doctorate in Counseling and Consulting Psychology from the University of Memphis, a Master's degree in Counseling from the Pennsylvania State University, and an undergraduate degree in Psychology and American Studies from Rutgers College. She was an adjunct professor in Human Development Counseling at Vanderbilt University. Karen was among the pioneers in the service-learning and leadership development movements and co-founded the National Leadership Symposium in 1990. She was also a founding member and past president of the Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee. Among her many passions, Karen loved learning, traveling, playing in nature with her dog Jackson, and being with friends. She adored her nephews, Christopher and Jonathan. She had a remarkable gift for connecting and mentoring people while helping others see their unique strengths. Active in the Nashville community, Karen was an executive board member of The Temple Congregation Ohabai Sholom, a board member of Gilda's Club Nashville, and the community advisory board of WPLN. A memorial service will be held 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at Temple Ohabai Sholom, 5015 Harding Pike, Nashville 37205 and a remembrance gathering will be held 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 28th at Gilda's Club Nashville. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Gilda's Club Nashville at www.gildasclubnashville.org or by mail to Gilda's Club Nashville, 1707 Division Street, Nashville TN 37203.
Published in The Tennessean on Sept. 17, 2013