Karen A. Johnson


As Receptionist, Karen provides front desk support to all members of the Firm and serves as the first point of contact in providing positive client experiences.

Originally from Downey, CA, Karen moved to San Diego in 1989 to attend college. She currently lives in Central San Diego and has one son. She enjoys spending her free time with family, cooking, going to the Del Mar Race Track, and supporting the arts in San Diego.

What do you find most rewarding about working at Dowling & Yahnke?

I enjoy meeting our clients in person when they come to our office. I want them to feel “at home” when they walk through our doors. I also enjoy all aspects of the meeting and planning process.

Why did you join Dowling & Yahnke?

I wanted to work for a company that has integrity, longevity, and invests in their employees. We truly care about the well-being of our clients and putting their financial needs first. That fact is proven in the day-to-day interactions here in the office.

What is your favorite family tradition?

My favorite family tradition is to attend Broadway quality musicals at the Moonlight Amphitheatre during the summer. Everyone in our group makes a delicious dish to share as we picnic on the lawn prior to the performances.

What is your personal motto or mantra?

My motto is “Opportunity is not a lengthy visitor.” This motto has pushed me to say, “Yes!” to opportunities I might not have otherwise taken.

What’s the best gift you’ve ever received?

The best gift I ever received was a Christmas book passed down from my father. After my son was born, my father said it was time to pass the book on to me.


  • Alliant International University, BFA Musical Theatre