Karen R. Clark


Karen R. Clark is chief information officer for OrthoTennessee, where she has worked since 1998. In that role, she serves on national committees for the Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS). A HIMSS Fellow and Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems, she previously ran her own business, Network & Systems Consulting. Clark is also a regular contributor to Cityview magazine, providing design and architectural reviews for its featured homes section.

A competitive rower since 2004, Clark serves on the board of the Oak Ridge Rowing Association, for whom she has also served as treasurer and president. She is a lay reader with St. John’s Episcopal Cathedral. She has previously served on the boards of the Knoxville Opera Guild, Ijams Nature Center, Blount Mansion, the West High School Foundation and the Knoxville Rowing Association. She was a member of the 2015 class of Leadership Knoxville.

After graduating from American University with a degree in marketing in 1979, she joined Brooks Brothers in New York, where she was a buyer. She earned her MBA in finance from Fordham University in 1984. She moved to Knoxville in 1988 and joined Watson’s as director of planning and distribution when her husband, Brooks, was recruited from Sports Illustrated to Whittle Communications. They have two daughters, Isabel, 27, and Olivia, 24.