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Karen Moore

  • Karen Moore


Karen Moore is an educator, archivist and book lover, community leader and member of numerous boards; and the proud mother of Isabelle Moore, a senior at Marymount Manhattan.

Passionate about education, Ms. Moore homeschooled all four of her children for all or part of their K-12 years, and has since seen her children matriculate at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland and Duke University, in addition to MMC.

Ms. Moore attended Barton College, a private liberal arts college in Wilson, North Carolina, graduating with a BA degree in History. She was an archivist for the state of North Carolina for several years and now serves as the president of the Mt. Olive Area Historical Society, in Mt. Olive, NC. A certified bibliophile, she is a legacy board member of the Wayne County (NC) Public Libraries and a 20-year board member of the Friends of the Mt. Olive Library. She also serves as president of North Carolina’s longest-running book club, the 20th Century Club, and is a member of the Board of the First United Methodist Church in Mt. Olive.


Ms. Moore played an integral role in her husband Kenney Moore’s establishment of the successful restaurant chain Hwy 55, which grew from a single restaurant in 1991 to over a hundred restaurants across several states, including the Carolinas, Texas, Montana, Ohio, Florida, Georgia, and Virginia. She is a board member of the Hwy 55 Charitable Foundation, which gives grants to organizations that are dedicated to improving the communities they serve. Since its founding in 2006, the foundation has awarded nearly $2 million to worthy causes.


President, Mount Olive Area Historical Society