"Who can find a virtuous wife? She is more precious than rubies. Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life."
OUR FIRST LADY
Dr. Karen Hayes-Harris
Has served The Lord all of her life.
As a young girl growing up in St. Louis, Missouri and Chicago, Illinois, Sister Hayes-Harris always found her way to church singing in the choir, attending Sunday school and vacation bible school.
After locating to Omaha, Nebraska Sister Hayes-Harris was one of the youngest women appointed to the Deaconess board at the Pilgrim Baptist church.
Sister Hayes-Harris has served and been an active member of the Pilgrim Baptist church, Grace Apostolic worldwide ministry and Eagles' Nest Worship Center.
Sister Hayes-Harris has served in the prayer ministry, children's ministry, music ministry, missionary and women's ministry. She served as President of the young matrons.
Sister Hayes-Harris has a passion to coach and mentor young people and women.
Sister Hayes- Harris is currently a professor at the University of Nebraska in Educational Leadership where her focus has been on developing leaders for Urban Schools.
She has four degrees: three from the University of Nebraska at Omaha: a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Masters’ of Science in Educational Leadership with an emphasis in Urban Studies, and a Specialist Degree with a k-12 Superintendent’s endorsement. She completed her Doctorate Degree in Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, in Lincoln, Nebraska.
Sister Hayes-Harris previously worked in the Omaha Public School district as Director of Staff Development, Elementary Principal, Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent, Administrator for Educational Service Unit # 19, Assistant Principal and teacher.
Sister Hayes- Harris has also served the Omaha community by teaching dance for the College of St Mary’s in Omaha, and by teaching GED classes for the Metropolitan Community College, in Omaha.
Sister Hayes-Harris is a member of the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and is a Leadership Omaha graduate. She has served on numerous boards, including Girls Inc., YWCA, program chair on the Social Settlement board, the Head Start Policy council, the National Staff Development Council, president of the Nebraska Staff Development Council and chair of the Chancellors Commission for Multicultural Affairs at the University.