Volunteer of the year for 2002 Karen Burger (center), with Debbie Vincent (left) and Robin Stutsman (right).

The Volunteer of the Year for 2002 is Karen Burger.  Karen served on the Mira Mesa 4th of July Committee as the vice president and chairman of the parade committee from 1994 to 2008.  Karen was actively involved in the PTA starting when her oldest daughter was in kindergarten (1989) and continuing until 2011.  She was president of the Sandburg and Challenger PTAs and a board member of the San Diego Unified Council of PTAs. Karen served as secretary of the MMTC and helped with the Street Fair for a number of years. Karen was a San Diego County Ombudsman from 2008 to 2013 assisting the residents of a local nursing home. Other volunteer activities include helping with the community Halloween carnival, the Monster Manor, Teen Center Advisory Committee, and the Healthy Start Program at Mason Elementary. Recently Karen has been supporting the Health and Wellness Council for the Hoover High School cluster of schools and helping at Sandburg Elementary supervising the students during the lunch period.