Karen Mancera-Cuevas, MS, CHES, is the Lead Research Coordinator for Dr. Ramsey-Goldman in the Division of Rheumatology and oversees her lupus research studies. She has an undergraduate degree in Community Health Education, a Master's degree in Health Administration and is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Karen has more than 10 years of experience in clinical/biomedical research. Her most recent position was with Northwestern University in the Department of Preventive Medicine where she was a study coordinator for Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) and Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL). Prior positions include research specialist in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Illinois at Chicago and community health educator at the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. She has served as a consultant on projects pertaining to health disparities, minority-based health education programs, capacity building, and community participatory research. She is a volunteer at Salud Latina/Latino Health, National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, and the Chicago Hispanic Health Coalition. Outside of her professional experience, Karen enjoys spending time with her two small boys, participating in recreational activities, and working on numerous arts and crafts projects.