Ms. Karen A. Nicholson

Karen Byerly Nicholson 170 Wedgewood Gardens

Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837

Cell (570) 490-6276


Ms. Nicholson has over 30 years of Federal correctional experience. She was the Director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons Training Centers in Dallas, TX, and Denver, CO. Ms. Nicholson was an audit team member in Washington D.C. which inspected all correctional facilities in the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Ms. Nicholson served as Community Corrections Administrator in the Philadelphia Regional Office where she was responsible for all community corrections in the Northeast Region. She specialized in auditing jails and community corrections facilities for the federal prison system.

After retiring from the Bureau of Prisons, Ms. Nicholson served as the Warden of the Elizabeth Detention Center, Immigration and Detention facility, contracted by CoreCivic (formerly Corrections Corporation of America) and the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service. During this time, Ms. Nicholson directed the facility staff through the accreditation process and was awarded accreditation by the American Correctional Association for a Federal Detention Center.

Ms. Nicholson served as the Project Coordinator for The Geo Group (formerly Cornell Companies) where she and her staff began to build correctional facilities in Philipsburg, PA. The project was completed as the Moshannon Valley Correctional Center, which is currently a contract facility for the Federal Bureau of Prisons.


American Correctional Association

Union County Youth Commission

Criminal Justice Advisory Board, Union County, PA

Lewisburg Sunrise Rotary


FBI; Pennsylvania State Clearance; Pennsylvania Child Abuse History

National Women’s Business Enterprise Certification (WBENC)