“Respect is earned. Honesty is appreciated.

Trust is gained. Loyalty is returned.”

Karen Tyson

3rd Vice President

Karen Tyson

3rd Vice President

Karen Desiree Tyson joined the Department of Correction on February 26 1987. She was assigned to AMKC, for 2 years before being selected to join the Transition Team for the George R. Vierno Center. As an Officer Karen loved assisting her fellow officers at the  "Beacon" in putting together functions and planning events to keep the morale up at the facility. She was always willing to find a way to "get it done"  In 2005 Karen was  appointed to the position of COBA Trustee where she took pride in helping her fellow officers in  their time of need.  She later was appointed to the COBA Executive Board in 2007 and  then elected to the Executive Board as the Recording Secretary in 2008 

Beside overseeing Facilities such as GRVC, RMSC, RNDC, and AMKC, Karen was responsible for orchestrating the COBA’s most eventful Widows and Childrens Fund raisers. The 21st annual Dinner Dance (2017) was able to raise the most funds ever and the fund was able to present the Families with an increase in the Donation for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holidays. The annual Retiree Luncheon and Heritage Feast are also events that Karen was instrumental in making a success and  promoting camaraderie amongst the membership.

Karen is most proud of the contribution she’s made to developing the Boldest Sports program. Officers from all over the Department are able to participate in Basketball, Football, Hockey, Soccer, Boxing, Cricket, Bowling, Baseball, and Softball. The Teams are able to travel across the nation to participate in many Battle of the Badges Competitions where not only do they bring home the gold, but they’re able to build lasting relationships with MOS across the nation. The Teams can all be followed on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.