Doris Kelley was born in Kentucky, raised in Illinois and has lived in the Cedar Valley since 1978. Doris served two terms (Dem., 2007-2010) in the Iowa House of Representatives. Following her legislative tenure, she was appointed by Gov. Terry Branstad and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to be Vice-Chair of the Iowa Board of Parole (2011-2014), yet also served in the capacity as Chair and Executive Director.
Kelley has extensive professional background in community economic development, marketing, organizational positioning, and public relations. The scope of her business experience encompasses leadership in downtown revitalization, corporate development, media relations, marketing research, broadband telecommunications, and communications utility development & marketing. Past employers include Black & Veatch, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, Vectren Communication, and Cedar Falls Utilities.
Kelley is most proud of being the founder and Co-Chair (with Joy Corning) of the University of Northern Iowa’s Women in Politics Scholarship Annual Benefit (2010-present), with a scholarship being awarded to a UNI female Political Science or Public Administration major. Kelley has served on six Board of Directors, three Advisory Boards, officer of six different public service agencies and been a member of two other organizations.
Kelley received the Governor’s Volunteer Award following her nomination by the Iowa Department of Economic Development for her role in revitalizing downtown Cedar Falls. Kelley’s other professional awards and honors include: Iowa Bankers Association 2008 Legislator of the Year, Associated Builders & Contractors 2009 Free Enterprise Champion, Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities 2010 Public Service Award, and Associated General Contractors of Iowa Public Service ?Award (2007-2010). Doris has been inducted into the International Who’s Who of Information Technology and in 2010 received the Cedar Valley Woman of the Year Award.
Doris attended the University of Northern Iowa. She is married to Dr. Steve Corbin, Professor Emeritus of Marketing at UNI. Together they have three sons and two grandchildren.