#24278 Karen Johnson
Before she became a Dudley wife, Karen visited camp while dating Drew (#12778). They returned to Camp for a couple of weeks every August, then as a family when their sons, #22078 Sam and #23078 Luke were born. From her first step off the train in Westport 23 years ago, Dudley has held a special place in Karen’s heart. In the summer of 2001 while visiting the school house on Dudley Road before their 9-hour drive home, Karen shared the news with Drew and then-toddler Sam, that a new camper (Luke) would join the Johnson family the following spring.
Karen’s 20+ year career with The Rouse Company in retail real estate marketing has given her expertise in advertising and media strategies, event planning, budget management, customer service, risk management and tenant relations. Now, as a Senior Account Director/Brand Strategist with COHN Marketing, Karen works with companies within the retail real estate industry (and beyond) to differentiate and define their brand and propel it forward. As a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, Karen mentors the next generation of marketers via bi-annual advertising/media courses offered by the John T. Riordan School for Retail Real Estate Professionals.
After spending years on the sidelines as a Dudley wife, parent, sister-in-law, daughter-in-law and aunt, Karen is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the CD Board. Her happiest Dudley memory? … whenever James Mayo includes “This is My Father’s World” in the Parents Weekend Hymn Sing repertoire.