An academician and educator, entrepreneur, national public service leader and advisor, and dedicated family member committed to serving her community, Dr. Doty has distinguished herself in many venues and disciplines. Her accomplishments span national and local volunteerism as she serves on several Boards of Directors and donates her time and resources to community organizations. Dr. Doty was co-host with the former first lady of Mississippi, the late Ms. Pat Fordice, of the highly successful statewide television show, “Woman to Woman”, an issue related talk magazine format program; and, is frequently asked to keynote conferences and symposiums. Currently, she serves as Senior Advisor for Outreach at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development of the National Institutes of Health. She served as the 23rd South Eastern Regional Director of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated from 2002-2006. She is a member of Anderson United Methodist Church.
Having earned advanced degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi and a doctorate in early childhood education from Jackson State University in 1985, Dr. Doty went on to become recognized as a leader, both locally and nationally in the areas of education and speech-language pathology. Her work included serving as a lecturer, professor and director of the Speech and Hearing Center at Jackson State University. She has received numerous awards and commendations. She was a seven-time recipient of Jackson State University’s Spotlight on Scholars in the School of Liberal Arts and has received numerous grants to assist students and professionals in her discipline. Additionally, she is published in several academic and educational journals.
A Jackson, Mississippi business leader, Dr. Doty serves as an education, community and government consultant for many local, regional and national organizations. Dr. Doty has received many awards from local, state and national organizations for her contributions to the community. She received the 2004 Ambassador for Peace Award presented by the Interreligious and International Peace Council of Washington, DC. Additionally, she was named a 2004 Role Model for the 8,000 Middle School GEAR-UP students of Mississippi; and received Proclamations and Commendations from the Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee State Legislatures for her outstanding service to the community. In June, 2006 the Jackson Branch of the NAACP recognized her with the John Dixon Award, which is presented to an individual making the greatest contribution to the total improvement of the community. In June 2007, the Jackson Branch NAACP presented Doty with the Sam Bailey Award, presented to the person making the greatest contribution in the area of volunteerism and activism, and in 2010 received the NAACP Benjamin Brown Award. Other Awards and Recognitions include: 2006 Hometown Hero Award; 2006 Proclamation by the City of Canton; 2006 Alpha Kappa Alpha Presidential Spirit Award; 2007 Proclamation from the City of Nashville; 2008 Alpha Kappa Alpha Service Award-Advocates for Black Colleges; 2008 Presidential Citation from the President of Stillman College; 2007 NAACP South East Region Service Award; 2009 President's Award of Service from the National Pan-Hellenic Council-Metro Jackson Chapter; and the 2010 Margaret Walker Alexander Award presented during the MLK Day of Service. She has received the Key to the cities of Birmingham, AL; Hattiesburg, MS; Jackson, TN and Henning, TN. Dr. Doty has assisted in bringing in more than $25 Million dollars to community organizations and universities.
Doty is dedicated to her native Mississippi and serves on many local, state and national Boards of nonprofit organizations, chairing numerous committees and events. At the national level, she has served on the prestigious Board of Directors of the Washington, DC based Corporation for National and Community Service. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Congress to serve on this Board. She has also served on the Board of Governors of the Josephson Institute of Ethics. Her role has been as an advocate for service delivery to underserved communities.
Dr. Doty currently serves as the Associate Publisher for Who's Who in Black Mississippi, the first ever publication of its kind for the State of Mississippi and Who's Who Publishing.
As a dedicated advocate, Dr. Doty spends much of her time promoting equity for all persons and encouraging others to become involved in service. Indeed, her life’s story is a reflection of a call to service to her family, her community, her state and her nation.