Karen Garcia

DPA Treasurer, 1st VP AFDW


Karen Garcia, a licensed certified public accountant in Hot Springs, AR and alumni of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, AR. Garcia earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree with a major in accounting and a Masters in Business Administration.  

Other advanced training includes:

Lead/AR Graduate (University of Arkansas Leadership Program)

Leadership Hot Springs Graduate Southern Leadership Institute

Graduate Dale Carnegie Leadership Training Graduate and received 3 awards

Community Service Activities include:

·         Member Southwest Arkansas Regional Board for Arkansas Food Bank

·         Appointed by Governor Mike Beebe to the Board of Visitors for the Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science, and the Arts

·         Board member of Arkansas Business and Professional Women

·         Hot Springs Citizens Police Academy, 2011 Graduate

·         Volunteer Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival

·         Board member Hot Springs Sunrise Rotary Club

·         Member of Hot Springs Civitan Club

·         Member of Hot Springs Women’s Chamber

·         Member of R.E.G.A.R.D (Respecting Everyone’s Gifts and Recognizing Diversity)

·         Member of Garland County single Parent Scholarship Committee (NPCC Foundation)

·         Jeff Farris Leadership Academy

·         Vice President of Community Service Office

·         Member of Hot Springs Emblem Club

·         Member of AAUW

·         Member of Garland County Democratic Central Committee (past vice-chair)

·         Treasurer of Virginia Clinton Kelley Democratic Women

·         Treasurer of Democratic Party of Arkansas

·         1st Vice President Arkansas Federation of Democratic Women

Awards include:

·         2012 Arkansas Humanitarian Award

·         2011 Garland County 4-H Outstanding Alumni Award

·         2012 Inducted to Henderson State University Business Hall of Fame

·         2010 Thelma Bryant Pioneer Award

·         2009 Arkansas Democratic Woman of the Year

·         2009 Governor’s volunteer Award

·         2008 Garland County 4-H Outstanding Alumni Award

·         2008 National Equal Rights Award From Business and Professional Women/USA

·         2005 Woman of the Year – Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce

·         2005 Woman of the Year – Spa Area Business and Professional Women

·         2005 Woman of the Year – Virginia Clinton Kelley Democratic Women of Garland County                


Karen and her husband Jorge Garcia have four children and seven grandchildren.  The Garcia’s reside in Hot Springs with their two dogs.