Dot Neale grew up in Danville, KY, and came to Tennessee to attend Rhodes College where she graduated with Honors and a B. S. in Biology. Dot went on to a career with IBM that spanned 35 years. She currently serves on the board and executive committee of the Children’s Foundation of Memphis, the advisory council for Hope House, and the board of the Mid-South Chamber Foundation. Dot has served as president for the following organizations: Hope House, Provida Business Women’s Association, Memphis Grant Makers Forum, Red Acres Neighborhood Association, and Delta Delta Delta Sorority Alumnae. She is a member of Leadership Memphis, Junior League, Colonial Dames, DAR, and Danville Rotary Club. Dot is married to retired Memphis banker Doug Ferris, and has a son, Neale Hicks, who is a resident of Austin, TX.