Mrs. Karen Katona Rainey M.S., PA-C, ’89, ’91, ’07 will be the keynote speaker for the 140th Commencement of Alderson-Broaddus College on Saturday, May 7, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. in the Memorial Coliseum.
A native of Welch, WV, Mrs. Rainey is the daughter of Jack and Pollyan Katona. Her early years were divided between Summers County (where she would spend much of her summers on her grandparent’s farm) and McDowell County where she attended school and was active throughout her secondary education in sports, band, service organizations and church activities.
She chose to further her education at Alderson-Broaddus College and in 1989 was awarded a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Medicine and in 1991 completed requirements for a degree in Medical Science (Physician Assistant). While attending A-B, she served as a Resident Assistant, member of Baptist Campus Ministries, trainer for both men’s and women’s basketball, and played both tennis and softball for the Battlers.
In the summer of 1991 she married David Mark Rainey, also an Alderson-Broaddus Alum, Class of 1988. Together they embarked on their journey in medicine and in life. While David attended The University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Karen began her healthcare career. Her first position was in private practice with Cardiovascular and Thoracic Associates of Lexington, KY. She then moved to an operating room staff position with Central Baptist Hospital where she was appointed Physician Assistant Team Leader for Continuous Quality Improvement for the hospital.
In 1994, upon David’s graduation from medical school, the Rainey’s relocated to Morgantown, WV. Karen was employed by University Health Associates, where she worked in the Department of Surgery, Division of Cardiac and Thoracic Surgery at West Virginia University and Monongalia General Hospital.
After completing his residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology, David was called to Nicholas County to begin his career as an OB/GYN. Karen found her professional role changing as her family life evolved. For the next several years, she worked PRN as a Surgical Physician Assistant for Summersville Memorial Hospital. Her professional duties took a back seat to being a Girl Scout Leader, Sunday school teacher, foster parent, small business owner, BCM Board Member; a FamilyLife and Women of Faith Volunteer.
As their adventure continues, the Rainey’s currently reside in Daniels, WV and work in Beckley. Karen has worked in private practice with Dr. J. Kevin Dickenson, General Surgeon, also an A-B alum, from 2005-2010. She is currently employed by Raleigh General Hospital as a staff Surgical Physician Assistant. When not at work or farming with the family, she enjoys golfing with Glade Springs Women’s Golf Team (sectional champions for the past three years), teaching women’s bible study at Glade Community Church, and working as a volunteer for Mountain Kids, Inc. (a non-profit helping the underprivileged kids in southwestern VA and southern WV).
She was reconnected with Alderson-Broaddus in 2002 when she began her tenure as a member of the Board of Trustees. During her time on the Board, she has served as a member of the Academic Program Committee, Campus Life Committee, Campaign Cabinet Member for Renewing the Promise and a member of the new Physician Assistant Program’s Academic Advisory Committee. Between committee assignments, she found time to return to A-B as a student and earn her Master’s Degree in Physician Assistant Studies. She has shared words of encouragement in weekly chapel services, PA Convocation / Pinning ceremonies, and most recently at the Myers Hall of Health Sciences Re-Dedication ceremony.
Karen and David Rainey have three daughters, Catherine, Emily, and Heather.