February Northside Man: Scott Doll

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Scott Doll, has been executive director of the Ed Isakson Alpharetta Family YMCA since January 2013.
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Northside Man: Scott Doll, executive director of the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA

City of residence: Alpharetta

Hometown: Kettering, Ohio

Family:  Wife, Suzanne; Children, Ryan (23), Kristen (20), Cara (17)

Scott Doll grew up just south of Dayton, Ohio, where he was active in school and sports (especially competitive swimming) and in community organizations where the seed of public service was planted at an early age. He was awarded an Air Force ROTC scholarship to the University of Florida, originally studying nuclear engineering before switching to finance, where he felt a job serving people better matched his interests. Following graduation, he sought work in the Atlanta area with financial institutions that placed high priority on community involvement and impact. After 10 years, Doll said he “heard his calling” and traded in his banking duties for a position with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta.  His tenure with the YMCA includes opening two new branches: the Fowler Peachtree Corners YMCA as the associate executive director, and the Sanders/Buckhead YMCA as the executive director.  In January 2013, he was named the executive director of the Ed Isakson/Alpharetta Family YMCA.

How long has the North Fulton area been home for your family? 

We moved to Alpharetta in the fall of 1995 as I began my career with the YMCA of Metro Atlanta. As Suzanne had already been teaching at Milton High School for 10 years, it made good sense to look in the area. More importantly, we had grown to love the Alpharetta/North Fulton area, had many friends locally, and were so impressed with the schools and the quality of life. We knew it would be a great place to put down roots and raise our family. We were right! We love North Fulton, and Alpharetta is our hometown.

Your wife, Suzanne, is a popular teacher at Milton High School, having taught there for more than 20 years. How did you meet?

I met my beautiful wife, Suzanne, at [the University of Florida] where we began dating.  She graduated a year ahead of me and returned to the Fort Lauderdale area to teach high school math. I couldn’t let her get away, so I proposed to her on Christmas Eve, my senior year, and we were married on July 5th following my graduation in 1986. Suzanne and I will celebrate 30 years on July 5th this year. We have three children: Ryan will graduate in May from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering. As a part of his ROTC obligation, he will be commissioned into the Air Force after graduation and anticipates reporting to USAF pilot training in September. Kristen is a junior at Georgia College in Milledgeville, majoring in environmental science, and Cara is a junior at Milton. 

Tell me about your job as the director of the Alpharetta YMCA, and the best part of the job.

The best part of my job at the Y is being in a position to positively impact kids, families and individuals in the communities we serve. The Y was a significant part of my childhood and has a lot to do with why I am doing this work today.  If I can be involved in creating the same opportunities for others as were created for me, I know I’m affecting the quality of life and opportunity for others. I also enjoy the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of committed volunteers who make up our advisory board and one of the best, most dedicated and caring staff teams I can imagine. 

A lot of people may think the YMCA is just about sports and working out, but is it much more than that? 

The Y is truly so much more than what some may see as a “swim and gym,” although that, too, is certainly central to our mission. Our wellness programs, such as the Coach Approach and the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, can be truly amazing and life-changing. We offer youth programs such as youth sports, day camp, or Y After School where we serve over 2,000 elementary schoolchildren each day at 29 sites; including 27 North Fulton County elementary schools. We see so many children, like my own, literally grow up in the Y, participating in Y Teen Leadership programs and finding their first job — all in a values-centered environment. Just this past Sunday, our YMCA volunteer committee brought more than 300 Y members, their children and guests together to make 3,240 lunches for a homeless ministry sponsored by Must Ministries. There are so many opportunities to be involved in serving the greater needs of our community. 

Your son is getting married this year – a real milestone in your family. What’s it like to be the father of the groom?

I guess this is where you say, “Wow – it’s amazing how quickly they grow up!” We could not be more proud of Ryan and so blessed  to have Anne Meadows as part of the family as our future daughter-in-law. We love spending time with her family. Her parents, Todd and Roberta, have become great friends, and have done an amazing job raising Anne and her four sisters. We look forward to many wonderful years, making great memories.  You really begin to appreciate the “circle of life” and how important it is to enjoy the time you have with family.

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