SAY IT Solutions’ founder and CEO is Karen Kranbuehl. She created the SAY IT Program in 2015 and started SAY IT Solutions in 2016 to create the online program.

A passion for self-advocacy

Karen’s commitment to self-determination and self-advocacy grew from a variety of experiences. She clerked for a federal judge and then practiced law for several years in Chicago. After moving to Raleigh, NC, she served as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem in cases of child abuse and neglect. Karen earned her Masters in Social Work in 2017. She has facilitated intensive outpatient treatment groups in the area of substance use disorders and has collaborated with the Wake County NC Recovery Court through a field placement supervised by the NC Administrative Office of the Courts. As a volunteer at Interact of Wake County, Karen answered the crisis phone lines serving survivors of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and rape. She is also a parent of two children, a wife, daughter, sister, and friend. The unique depth and breadth of her experience brings a dynamic, real-world perspective to SAY IT Solutions’ work. Karen currently works as a therapist at Aspire Counseling Group in Raleigh.

Karen is a frequent public speaker and trainer. 


Former Chair of the Board of Directors, Recovery Communities of North Carolina

Former Chair, North Carolina Substance Use Disorder Federation


University of Virginia, BA in Government, 1995

William & Mary School of Law, JD, 1998

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Masters in Social Work, 2017

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