Karen Milnes-Seibert believes in living life with a high degree of personal integrity. She is honest, patient and has respect for people. She also takes responsibility for her actions, whether they are right or wrong.
As the chief financial officer of her family business, Milnes Engineering, Construction and Surveying in Tunkhannock, she manages the daily administration of all accounting operations and financial reporting, assists in setting and tracking financial goals, objectives and budgets, as well as assessing potential financial risks and opportunities. She also coordinates human resource management activities.
In the community, she serves on the Wyoming County United Way board as secretary.
"Being on the board has been a tremendous experience," she said. "It is very rewarding to know that our efforts are helping to improve the lives of people within our community, and an honor to serve on this board with other professionals in our community."
She also serves on the board for the Wyoming County Community Alliance as treasurer. WCCA is an organization that helps form alliances to help enhance health and the quality of life in the community.
Seibert received her Bachelor of Science degree in business management and her master's degree in business administration from Wilkes University.
Following college, she was employed at PG Energy in various positions for nine years. Here, she had a great mentor and boss, Joe Butcher, who always guided and pushed his staff to excel in their positions and helped them move up through the ranks.
"He always said that to be successful you must surround yourself with good people," she noted.
During her tenure at PG Energy, the businesswoman had two children. As the culture at PG Energy was becoming more demanding, she decided to make a change and pursued a career at Milnes. Her goal was to be closer to home so she could be more involved in her childrens' lives while continuing to work.
"Although working for a family business has its perks, it also has it challenges. Through hard work, some crying and a good mentor, I have achieved where I am today," she said, laughing.
She enforces a strong work ethic and has great determination.
She and her husband of 25 years, Scott, an exercise physiologist at Allied Services, have two children, Ben, 22, a Tunkhannock Township police officer and a member of the Army National Guard, and daughter, Daisy, 19, a freshman at Misericordia University studying medical imaging. They are a tremendous support system in her life.
Her father, Tom, who started Milnes Engineering and Construction in the 70s, has dedicated his life to developing the company into the business it is today, while her mother, Carole, is a retired speech therapist. She also has two brothers: George, a general superintendent for Milnes, and Tommy, a farmer.
There have been many who mentored her along her journey, including her parents, friends and colleagues, both former and current, who have provided guidance. Among those have been Carmen Armetrano, who has taught her construction accounting and continues to share his knowledge with her.
"He has become a trusted advisor and colleague whom I can depend on when needed," she said.