Dotty received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin. For 14 years she worked in the financial services industry managing market research, joint ventures, and a direct response distribution system for a large insurance company. Dotty also started a family of mutual funds, provided international business consulting, and started an educational exchange program with Vilnius University in Lithuania. She moved to Montana in 1995 and soon thereafter donated a conservation easement to GVLT on her Yellowstone River property. For the past 25 years Dotty has been involved in nonprofit organizations from social service agencies to educational institutions and has become increasingly involved in environmental organizations.