By FaLessia Booker
Dr. Karen Weaver is a community activist and advocate for children and their families who has been involved with a number of organizations, including Priority Children, Community Foundation of Greater Flint, Hurley Medical Center, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Flint Pierians and Flint Institute of Arts. She is a lifelong member of Vernon Chapel AME Church.
Dr. Weaver is a lifelong resident of Flint. She is the youngest of three children born to the late Dr. T. Wendell Williams, longtime Flint pediatrician and first African American member of the Flint Board of Education, and Marion Coates Williams, the first African American teacher in the Flint School District. She attended Flint Community Schools, graduating from Flint Northern High School. Dr. Weaver attended the University of Michigan-Flint, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Tougaloo College. She received her Master’s degree from Long Island University and a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Michigan State University.
Her career in mental health has spanned over 25 years under her professional name, Dr. Karen Williams. She has served as Director of Behavioral Services at Mott Children’s Health Center, and as Chief Operating Officer at Ennis Center for Children. In addition, she owns and operates Shea Lavelle Boutique, a specialty store featuring natural hair, skin, and body products.
Dr. Weaver is running for Mayor of the City of Flint, a position she wants restored to its rightful role of leadership. “The current Mayor has virtually surrendered his strong mayor role by remaining silent regarding every major act the Emergency Managers have seen fit to implement in the City of Flint over the last few years,” Weaver said. “He has exhibited very little capacity to lead during his tenure, instead relishing the role of ceremonial head of city only.”
Dr. Weaver has been married to her childhood friend, local dentist, Dr. Wrex Weaver, for 28 years. The couple has three children in college, Adrienne Marie, Alanna Nicole, and Douglas Quentin.
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