The sasi Corporate Board voted last week to approve Karen Arrison as its newest member.
Arrison, who lives and works in Buffalo, has a long and distinguished philanthropic history. She currently serves as president of both the Clement and Karen Arrison Legacy Foundation and the Clement and Karen Arrison Charitable Foundation. She is also president of Karen Fick Design, Inc., a position she has held for 32 years. Arrison also serves on several additional boards, including the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Foundation Board, the WNED/WBFO Foundation Board, and Kleinhans Music Hall. She also recently joined the board of Lothlorien Therapeutic Riding Center.
In recent years, Arrison and her husband, Clement, have dedicated themselves to the historic restoration of the McKinney Mansion in Buffalo as well as the rehabilitation of their circa 1878 cottage at the Chautauqua Institution. For their efforts, they have received the Preservation Buffalo/Niagara Award for Restoration as well as the Red Jacket Award. They are also patrons of the Stradivari Society of Chicago and founders of Wisdom Farm, an interactive and integrative wellness farm, whose mission is to rescue and rehabilitate horses and then ask those horses to assist with workshops for returning veterans dealing with PTSD and others who could benefit from Equine Facilitated Learning experiences.
“Karen has been an ardent supporter of sasi,” said Anthony Annunziato, CEO and president of sasi. “Her philanthropic spirit continues to improve the lives of individuals with disabilities. Karen will be an excellent addition to the sasi board of directors.”
Arrison attended the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State College and has completed design projects for both institutions.