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Jacqueline D. Dowdy, MDiv, MBA, PhD, Honored by Marquis Who's Who for Exceptional Work in Human Services

Dr. Dowdy is committed to serving others in various capacities

Dr. Dowdy is the president and chief executive officer of River Region Human Services Inc.

    JACKSONVILLE, FL, September 01, 2022 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Jacqueline D. Dowdy, MDiv, MBA, PhD, has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Dowdy is the president and chief executive officer of River Region Human Services Inc., an organization she joined in 2018. Her broad role includes management of daily operations, overseeing a staff of 100 employees and collaborating with community partners on behavioral health initiatives that combat substance use, mental illness, HIV, and homelessness. Dr. Dowdy is also involved in raising and securing local, state, and federal funds to expand and support program offerings to address the opioid crisis. These funds are also directed to programs that focus on substance use treatment for pregnant and post-partum women, those living with HIV/AIDS and their families.

A diverse background and extensive educational pursuits positioned Dr. Dowdy to excel. She has worked in both public and private organizations as well as religious institutions. She earned a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tallahassee, FL, in 2021. She holds three master's degrees, including a Master of Business Administration, also from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, another MBA from Mercer University, and a Master of Divinity from Campbell University. Furthermore, Dr. Dowdy holds a Bachelor of Science in accounting and business administration from the Martha and Spencer Love School of Business of Elon University, Elon, NC, where she earned the Makers of Grade Honor.

To navigate her academic and professional life, Dr. Dowdy relies on the life lessons she learned while overcoming challenges she faced during her childhood. Her father served as an inspiration for the work she has committed this portion of her life's career. He returned from deployment in Vietnam only to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Through his personal struggles, she learned about the connection between mental health and substance use, and that awareness inspired her to help those dealing with these co-occurring illnesses.

Dr. Dowdy attributes her success to her abilities in strategic planning, leadership development and organizational and business development. She also senses that her background in business and finance has enabled her to assist her current employer to manage financial challenges, positioning them to expand their programs. She has a viable network of collaborative peers through positions such as board member for the Florida Behavioral Health Association and co-chair of the Florida Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Moreover, she maintains membership in both the Jacksonville Women's Network and the Women of Color Cultural Foundation. Looking toward the future, Dr. Dowdy aspires to become president of a university or teach at a business school.

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