Karen Williams Weaver was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, on city’s north side. She is the youngest of three children born to Dr. T. Wendell Williams and Marion Coates Williams. She attended the Flint public schools, and graduated from Flint Northern High School in 1977. From there she went to University of Michigan-Flint, and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Tougaloo College, in Tougaloo, Mississippi. She went on to get her Master’s degree from Long Island University, in Brooklyn, NY, and her PhD in clinical psychology from Michigan State University.
Professionally, Dr. Karen Williams Weaver has held several leadership positions, such as Director of Behavioral Services, Mott Children’s Health Center, 2000-2010; Chief Operating Officer of Ennis Center for Children, September, 2012-March 2014; and is currently an Entrepreneur and Owner of Shea Lavelle Boutique a specialty store for natural skin, hair and body products.
Mayor Karen Weaver has also served in the Flint and Genesee County Community in a variety of leadership roles including: The Hurley Board of Managers; The Community Foundation of Greater Flint; Priority Children and has served as Flint NAACP Freedom Fund Chair, since 2012. Her love for the arts led her to serve on the board of the Flint Institute of Arts as well as past president of the Pierians Inc., Flint Chapter, a group dedicated to exposing the arts to inner city youth. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Zeta Beta Omega Chapter and a lifelong member of Vernon Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church. (AMEC)
Mayor Karen Weaver has received many awards an honors including, but not limited to:
Special recognition award from National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) for helping to bring mental health screening for teens to the Flint/Genesee county area; National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa , Inc., Gamma Delta Chapter Living Legend Award; and the Flint Branch NAACP Volunteer Award with the last two being received in March of 2014.
Dr. Karen Williams Weaver says, “my philosophy of life is: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13). From a child up, my parents always inspired me to be a leader, and stand up for what I believe in. They taught me the importance of having God in your life first and foremost, love of family, and being active in your community.”
Mayor Karen Weaver has been married to her childhood friend, Dr. Wrex A. Weaver for almost 28 years, and they have three children, Adrienne Marie, Alanna Nicole, and Douglas Quentin. Her children are young adults and attend college.