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Meet Imagine Grinnell: Dodi Reilly

Get to know the staff and board of Imagine Grinnell! This week, we are featuring Dodi Reilly, a board member of Imagine Grinnell.



Years with Imagine Grinnell: 2


Are you a Grinnell Native?  Where did you grow up, and how long have you lived in Grinnell?

I grew up outside of Ames Iowa and attended the University of Northern Iowa. After graduation I moved to Dallas, Texas and then to Morris Plains, New Jersey. After 23 years in New Jersey, my husband became the Police Chief in Grinnell and we relocated here. We are celebrating our 4th year in Grinnell.


What is your educational background?

I have a BA from University of Northern Iowa.


What is your favorite thing about Grinnell?

My house.


What attracted you to working with Imagine Grinnell?

Grinnell’s Got Talent was one of the first events we attended when we moved here. I became interested in the organization and was asked to join the board two years ago.


Tell us a little about your career.

I have worked in sales for over 30 years. I started in retail sales, moved to hotel sales, then to real estate and now printing and publishing sales. I love working with a diverse group of clients and know that every day is a little different.


What is your favorite part of working with Imagine Grinnell?

I enjoy the variety of programs that we offer. We have something for everyone.


If you could improve any one thing about Grinnell, what would you change and why?

More variety and shopping for downtown. I love buying and supporting our local businesses.


Any memorable moments from your time with Imagine Grinnell?

Ben Latimer’s auctioneering talents at our Grinnell’s Got Talent events.


If asked “why should I become a member of Imagine Grinnell?” what would you tell them?

This is a great organization that focuses on Grinnell and making it a better town and a great place to live and grow your family.