Karen Wonders, Ph.D., FACSM is the Founder and Executive Director of Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, a national non-profit organization that provides free individualized exercise training to individuals who battle cancer. Her passion is to advocate for exercise to serve as part of the national standard of care for cancer. To this end, Dr. Wonders is committed to training a work force that is equipped to meet the unique needs of the 17 million cancer survivors living in the US through exercise.
In addition to her work at Maple Tree, Dr. Wonders works as a Professor of Exercise Physiology at Wright State University, where she also serves as the Program Director for the Sports Science Program. Her commitment to evidence-based practice has led her to develop a robust research program, with more than 70 peer-reviewed publications on the topic of exercise and cancer recovery. A gifted communicator, Dr. Wonders has given numerous professional presentations on the national, state, and local levels, including a TEDx talk entitled “Exercising through Cancer Care”.