Karen Jost of Tumwater, Wash., has been appointed to serve as a United States Bowling Congress representative on the Bowlers to Veterans Link Board of Directors by USBC President Frank Wilkinson.
Jost has long been involved on the ground level for BVL, leading fundraising drives during her tenure with the Nation’s Capital Area USBC and through various associations in her home state of Washington.
“I can’t wait to get started working for the BVL cause at the national level,” says Jost. “This is a great organization that truly makes a difference for our nation’s veterans – brightening their days and their futures. That’s something to believe in!”
On the USBC Board, Jost has been involved with a number of committees including Association Outreach, Awards and Recognition, Executive Director and Board Evaluation, and Nominating. She also chaired a USBC Succession Planning task force.
She currently is a director on the Thurston County USBC Association (Washington State) board. She was inducted into the South Sound USBC Hall of Fame in 2012.
Jost graduated from the University of Puget Sound with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (Minor-Physical Education), and subsequently received a Master’s in Physical Therapy from Duke University. She is a licensed physical therapist and now is managing healthcare purchasing for workers injured on the job in Washington State with Washington State Department of Labor and Industries.
“Karen has already shown her passion for BVL over the years,” noted BVL Board Chair John LaSpina. “She has been a leader in the field for BVL– conducting fund raising drives and spreading the BVL message. She comes to the Board with a depth of knowledge regarding both the challenges and the opportunities that face us as we move forward.”
Jost replaces former USBC Board Member Marci Williams on the BVL Board. “We thank Marci so much for all she has done for the BVL mission, and we know she will continue to champion our cause in the years ahead,” adds LaSpina.
Jost adds, “I’m humbled and thrilled to serve bowling as a member of the BVL Board. The entire industry is supportive of our oldest charity, and we have so many opportunities to support our military service members.”