Karen Nelli

Assistant Director of Residential Life

Office: 219.464.5413

Email: karen.nelli@valpo.edu


B.A. in History, Minor in English

M.S. in Higher Education Administration


Karen Nelli joined Valpo in July of 2012 with a plethora of experience. She first attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she received her undergraduate degree in History with a minor in English and then went on to pursue her Masters of Science in Higher Education Administration at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Although Karen’s home is now Valpo, she began her career as an Assistant Complex Director, spending 2 years at the University of Kansas, another 2 years at Saint Joseph’s University as a Residential Area Manager and finally five years as a Residential Learning Coordinator here at Valpo before taking on her current job of Assistant Director of Residential Life in 2017.

In her spare time, Karen enjoys antiquing, crafting, taking road trips and hanging out with family.

Favorite Location on Campus: 

Karen loves taking the walking path through the middle of campus and seeing all that is happening in the different buildings.