My Daytona State

In the Spotlight: Karen Duhlstine


Karen Duhlstine, 2013

Administrative Assistant, President’s Office

- DSC employee since March 1998 

Degrees and schools where awarded:  Farrell High School, Farrell, PA; attended Daytona State College (DBCC) for Business & Accounting.

Outside interests:   I love to travel and enjoy an active lifestyle that includes hiking, kayaking, yoga, camping, swimming, biking, walking, reading and spending quality time with family and friends. 

What did you do prior to joining Daytona State College?   I worked at two state agencies:  Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Corrections; and 10 years in banking prior to that. 

What professional projects are you working on right now?  Preparing for the SACS 2013 accreditation visit by maintaining the policies & procedures and making sure they are up-to-date and in compliance. 

What has been the most rewarding thing about your Daytona State College experience?    Helping, meeting and connecting with all kinds of interesting people, from college staff and students to board members and people in the community.  I am grateful and extremely proud to be working at DSC. 

What is one goal you still hope to achieve in your career?   I would like to continue in my current position of assistance and support, (which I absolutely love) while learning new things, especially keeping up with technology. 

In life?  Keep exploring while continuing to seek ways to improve my mind, body and spirit. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever gotten?  Be your own flower. 

One thing people are surprised to find out about me is:  I’ve done a 10K walk in all 50 states and 11 countries. 

Last book read:  “Scarecrow” by Michael Connelly

If they could bottle your personality what would the label read?  Pleasant

If you could have a dinner party and invite any four people, dead or alive, the guest list would be:   Jesus, Ed & Kay Wasko (my deceased parents), Mark Twain (travel writer). 

The Daytona State of Mind to me is positively enriching minds and futures - no matter what age.

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Last Updated: 1/29/14