2009 Outstanding Alumni Honorees
Rhoda P. Dozier
Ms. Dozier began her career while pursuing her undergraduate in Computer Science at Tuskegee University. She obtained a summer co-op position with the USDA Field Servicing Office in Minneapolis, Minnesota as a computer specialist trainee. There she received a United States Department of Agriculture certificate of merit, a cash award and was featured in an article for her "Outstanding Performance". She continued her success at her next co-op position with IBM in Lexington, Kentucky.
Upon graduating from Tuskegee University in 1985, she landed a position with Lockheed Missiles and Space Company in Huntsville, Alabama where she served as a scientific programmer. She received commendations from the CEO of Lockheed and was subsequently featured in an article highlighting the Hubble Space Telescope Project. While working for Lockheed, Ms. Dozier continued her education by earning her masters degree in Information Technology, at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH). While at UAH, she received the National Collegiate Minority Leadership Award and graduated in the top three percent of her class.
After numerous years away from home, she decided to relocate back to Atlanta, Georgia. It was at this time she found her true passion and entered the field of Healthcare Information Systems. In 1990, she became a programmer analyst with Gerber Alley where she was honored with the "Perfect Update Award" along with the "Gerber Alley Dove Award". Ms. Dozier continued her career as a programmer analyst for Information America and then as an applications developer for Heathdyne in 1993. While working for McKesson HBOC, she enjoyed working with top vendors and received numerous awards and cash bonuses for superior performance. Though she enjoyed working for software vendors, she decided she wanted a more personal and hands on view of people and the patients that benefitted from the applications she helped develop and implement.
In 1998, Ms. Dozier joined the Information Services department at Emory Healthcare as an application team lead. She currently serves as the director of technical services and is responsible for the maintenance and operation of 4 major hospitals and 17 clinic's primarily in the Atlanta metropolitan area. She provides technical leadership to database administrators, applications analysts, data warehouse analysts, system administrators and senior technical programmers. The accomplishments of the various teams to that Ms. Dozier has provided leadership are spotlighted within Emory Healthcare on a continuous basis.
The Information Services department at Emory Healthcare has been recognized numerously in the field of innovative technology during Ms. Dozier's tenure. Most recently, Emory Healthcare received the 2009 Citrix Innovation Award, was featured in the September 2009 edition of Information Week Magazine, the 14th edition of Advance for Health Information Executives Magazines published in September 2008 and even an overseas Japanese magazine. Ms. Dozier is also a 2009 Robert Woodruff Leadership Academy Fellow. The Woodruff Leadership Academy's purpose is "Growing tomorrow's leaders from the ranks of today's best."
In addition to her many accolades and professional attributes, Ms. Dozier is committed to family and community. While serving as a Girl Scout Troop Leader, Ms. Dozier was awarded Outstanding Troop Leader award. She also received Outstanding Parent of the Year awards from multiple schools. Additionally she serves as choir leader, youth dance coordinator and volunteer instructor for vacation bible school at Greater New Light Baptist Church, located in Southwest, Atlanta. Ms. Dozier has also been recognized as the "American Heart Associations (AHA)", Top Walker of the Year for several years.
Ms. Dozier is the proud mother of Mark and Leslie Dozier. Following in the footsteps of the Tuskegee Airmen, Mark now serves as a certified flight instructor and commercial airline pilot. Not far behind is Leslie, who served as a Golden Tiger Cheer-leader during her tenure at Tuskegee, University, and is currently, pursuing her degree in Occupational Therapy at Georgia South-ern University.
As you can very well articulate from Ms. Dozier's accomplish-ments, she has made a lifestyle of setting goals and finding balance between career and family. Her motto in life is to "always strive to be the best that you can be, in all that has been entrusted to your life experience". She thanks Tuskegee University and Professor Roland Jackson III for laying the foundation needed to excel in the field of technology. She also thanks her current role model, Ms. Dee Cantrell, CIO of Emory Healthcare for entrusting her with the maintenance and care of Emory Healthcare's hundreds of applications that help treat and care for Emory's patients. By Linda Hutchings