Doris is a member of the inaugural Alumni Hall of Fame class and was inducted during a ceremony held on June 10 at Mission Inn.
Lake County’s Library System chose Legendary Locals of Lake County as one of the objects “representative of current culture in Lake County” which they placed in the time capsule that was dedicated in 2013 as part of the Viva Florida 500-year anniversary of Florida’s founding. The time capsule is housed in the wall of the Lake County Administration Building until 2037. The County Library System also invited Doris to participate in its Festival of Reading.
In 2007, Doris co-founded the Groveland Historical Museum, to fulfill the dying wish of a schoolmate. She led an effort to acquire a building in partnership with the City of Groveland, raised funds, gathered photos from local museums and descendants of pioneers in addition to sponsoring numerous programs over the years that highlighted stories about Lake County and its many, colorful characters. One series was touted as a significant factor in Groveland earning Historical Society of the Year for Lake County. She also received the South Lake Chamber’s prestigious Gem of the Hills Award for her service to the South Lake County community.
Doris has presented programs about Lake County pioneers and achievers around the county, including Tavares, Lady Lake, Sorrento, Mount Dora, Leesburg, Clermont and Groveland. Her presentations have included forums for adults and school children.
Doris has also been active in Lake County’s business and government sectors. In 2006, she founded Crosswords Communications Company and two years later started a Lake County branch, which eventually spun off to Thompson Wesley Wolfe (TWsquared), one of the fastest growing and largest private public relations and marketing companies in the state. She earned Constant Contact’s E-Marketing All-Star Award. While living in Lake County, Doris covered the Florida federal courts for Bloomberg, one of the world’s largest media organizations.
In 2012, Doris became Director of Marketing for the South Lake Chamber of Commerce. While there, she helped lead numerous initiatives, including the Chamber’s recertification and winner of the Florida Association of Chamber Professionals’ Communications Award.
In January 2014, she became the City of Clermont’s first public information officer and currently serves in that role in addition to being the Director of Communications. She assisted City Manager Darren Gray in leading the city’s efforts to rebrand itself as Clermont, the Choice of Champions.
Doris’ adult volunteer service in Lake County includes having been a member of several historical societies around the county. She served as a member of Friends of Cooper Memorial Library and helped fundraise for Friends of Marion Baysinger Memorial Library. She has been a member of the Cooper Memorial Library Association Board since 2009 and served as secretary for four years. She was a two-time judge for the Daughters of the American Revolution’s annual essay contest.
Doris’ love of Lake County goes back to 1959, when her family moved from Huntington, West Virginia, to south Lake County. She graduated from Groveland High School in 1968 and married her high school sweetheart, John, in 1971. The couple, who lives in Clermont, has a son and daughter. At the age of 42, Doris pursued a lifelong dream to attend college to become a journalist. She started at the University of Central Florida and transferred to the University of Florida, where she graduated with highest honors and went on to report for The Gainesville Sun, Orlando Sentinel and Wall Street Journal.