Karen (Stratton) Kellums grew up in Deer Park and she attended both Deer Park Community City Schools and St. John the Evangelist. After high school gradation, Class of 1986, she attended Raymond Walters UC for business classes.
All three of Karen's children have attended Deer Park Schools. Karen is married to Tracy Kellums, the Superintendent of Maintenance for Sycamore Township. They love spending time with their three grandchildren, all of whom will be or are attending Deer Park Schools.
Karen is the owner of Black Barn Primitives, which opened in the city of Deer Park in 2005. She has worked for the city as crossing guard and she still currently volunteers at the high school as a gate worker for sporting events. She has also served on the board of the Deer Park Park Board and she is still a volunteer for the organization. She is a part of the Deer Park Business Association. Lastly, she also is an active member of the Sycamore Township Republican Party.