Karin Stein is a Colombian citizen who lived in Costa Rica for many years prior to moving to Iowa in 1980. The granddaughter of German immigrants to Colombia, she traces her love for nature to her upbringing on a very remote , off-the-grid cattle and rice farm in the eastern plains of Colombia, where she was homeschooled. She and her siblings direct a watershed conservation foundation in Costa Rica (fclimon.org). Karin is a touring musician who recently started an initiative to reduce the environmental impact of the performing arts. She and her husband have three grown daughters who continuously inspire their efforts to improve the environment.