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.”