This week Mark spoke with Karen Dodson of Reveal Patagonia.
Karen lives in St. Louis, Missouri. She was born and raised in the Chicago, Illinois area and worked as a daily newspaper journalist during the early part of her career; first for the Belleville News-Democrat in Belleville, Illinois and then for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat until its demise in the mid 1980s. She has an undergraduate degree in Biology and Mass Communications and in December will graduate from the Executive Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri.
Karen wears several professional hats: She is managing editor of the American Journal of Physiology—Endocrinology and Metabolism, a position she’s held since 2001; Manager of Professional Development and Academic Publishing Services for the Office of Faculty Affairs at Washington University School of Medicine; and Instructor for Scientific Writing and Publishing and Grantsmanship in the school’s Department of Medicine. In addition, she freelance edits grant applications and journal articles for a wide variety of physicians and scientists from all over the world. Last month she taught a grant-writing workshop for the National Institutes of Health in Washington, DC. She has traveled extensively in the U.S. and abroad and in October will join her Executive MBA classmates for a trip to Shanghai, China.
In 2013 she wrote her first novel, entitled “Set! A Love Story.” She was inspired to write it after visiting Patagonia, Argentina in 2013 to fly fish with her husband Dr. Ed Dodson, a pediatric neurologist and newly retired admissions vice chancellor at Washington University School of Medicine. After returning to Patagonia in May 2013 to research her novel, Karen decided to start an adventure travel business to encourage others to visit Patagonia as well. With help from her Executive MBA professors and classmates, Karen and her business partner Nico Schinocca, a fly-fishing guide who was born in Buenos Aires and raised in San Martín de los Andes, Argentina, established Reveal Patagonia, LLC, in August 2013.
This July the company will launch its new Web site (www.revealpatagonia.com) in time for the new travel season.
Karen has one son, Andrew Burns, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and general manager of Café Boulud in Palm Beach, Florida, and five stepchildren: Anna Dodson, an attorney in Boston; Will Dodson, a chef and owner of the Barnard Inn in Barnard, Vermont who also graduated from the Culinary Institute of America; Jason Dodson, an attorney in St. Louis, Missouri; Gage Dodson, a teacher in St. Louis, Missouri; and Matthew Dodson, a certified public accountant who also lives in Barnard, Vermont.