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Jacquelyn Dodyk Share

Aug 1, 2017  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Jacque­lyn Jacquie” Dodyk was born and raised in Chica­go, IL. She moved to Boston, MS, where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mass­a­chu­setts. Among oth­er cities in the Mid­west, Jacquie has also lived in Indi­anapo­lis where she earned a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Indi­ana Uni­ver­si­ty. Through her con­tin­ued edu­ca­tion, she holds cer­ti­fi­ca­tions in fed­er­al grant admin­is­tra­tion, hous­ing devel­op­ment finance, and green build­ing construction.

Apart from turn­ing the Afford­able Hous­ing Com­mu­ni­ty Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion into a well-oiled machine, Jacquie has worked tire­less­ly to astro­nom­i­cal­ly improve Mar­i­on. AHC has achieved over $35 mil­lion in hous­ing and com­mu­ni­ty devel­op­ment projects, but Jacquie has gone above and beyond in count­less ways to use her edu­ca­tion and exper­tise. She did not receive any com­pen­sa­tion for numer­ous projects includ­ing the YMCA addition/​coliseum preser­va­tion, Boys & Girls Club build­ing, Jay House, and Senior Cen­ter. She devot­ed much of her per­son­al time in dri­ving the Stel­lar Com­mu­ni­ties appli­ca­tions, earn­ing Mar­i­on a high sta­tus with the state fun­ders, and is now work­ing on a hous­ing project under the Stel­lar plan pro bono.

Jacquie has served on mul­ti­ple vol­un­teer com­mu­ni­ty boards. She was the first pres­i­dent of Grant County’s Pre­vent Child Abuse; Chair of the Qual­i­ty of Life Com­mit­tee under the coun­ty­wide Frame­work for Change” where she orga­nized Clean Up Mar­i­on,” a cost-free solu­tion for cit­i­zens to clean up their prop­er­ties, and led paint­ing projects for the elder­ly and dis­abled. For the past 20 years, she has con­sult­ed the Grant Coun­ty Eco­nom­ic Growth Coun­cil Board of Direc­tors. She has also vol­un­tar­i­ly taught and men­tored both Indi­ana Wes­leyan and Tay­lor Uni­ver­si­ty stu­dents on social work and pol­i­cy. She’s addi­tion­al­ly active with Carey Ser­vices which serves indi­vid­u­als with devel­op­men­tal dis­abil­i­ties, Project Lead­er­ship for edu­ca­tion, the Mar­i­on Plan Com­mis­sion, and more.

Jacquie has earned the Cham­ber of Commerce’s ATHENA Lead­er­ship Award®, YWCA’s Com­mu­ni­ty Build­ing Award, IU Kokomo’s Pub­lic Ser­vice Award, and the 2011 Neigh­bor­hood Asso­ci­a­tion Spir­it of Ser­vice Award through Mar­i­on city officials.

Jacquie has lived in Mar­i­on for the past 30 years. Since mov­ing here, she says she’s nev­er met nicer peo­ple, felt safer, or enjoyed a bet­ter low-cost qual­i­ty of life. Mar­i­on is the best place imag­in­able to raise a fam­i­ly. We could have moved when my hus­band took a job in Ft. Wayne. We could have moved when our kids grew up. We chose to stay. Mar­i­on has always been there for me and my fam­i­ly, so I’ll always be here for Marion.”

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