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Visionary & Founder

Karen L. Coston was born in Woodbury, NJ. She is the second of 7 children and grew up in the small town of Jericho. moving to Cleveland, OH when she was 10 years old. She later joined the United States Marine Corps where she met and married Timothy O. Coston Jr. who is now the pastor of Cain Memorial AME Church in Bakersfield, CA. Karen is the mother of 5 children Traleese, Tim III, Jasmine, Trinity, and Isaiah and has 4 amazing grandchildren. Karen has 2 associates degrees, one in Liberal Arts from Palo Verde College and another in Science of Nursing from Mt. San Jacinto College. In 2014, Karen graduated from California State University Dominguez Hills with a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing and is currently completing her Master of Science degree in Nursing specializing in Public Health at Aspen University. 


Karen is the director of the Young People’s and Children’s Division of the Women’s Missionary Society in the Southern California Conference of the 5th District of the AME Church. In 2015, Karen founded "The Core of the Cure" which addresses health and wellness issues that affect women; primarily focusing on breast health, after noticing there weren’t many free programs in the community. It began as a series of workshops with a free breakfast for 200 women. Five years later, "The Core of The Cure" has grown to expand the education and information we provide on a different platform reaching women everywhere. We partner with churches to reduce health disparities and addressing the health of the community by improving health literacy, providing resources and education, and empowering each person with the tools to be advocates of their health. Karen is currently employed as a clinic nurse working with programs that oversee children in the foster care system.enjoy reading, traveling, and enjoying family and friends.  She's currently employed as a clinic nurse working with program that oversees children in the foster care system.

Karen Coston
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