February 3, 2017
Dot Mueller got her first taste of community service when she was a student at West End High School in the 1950s. She was a member of the Y-Teens program, a service organization for teenage girls, and she never forgot how fulfilling it was to help someone in need. “That feeling never leaves you, and you begin to look for more opportunities to serve,” she said.
YWCA Central Alabama recently honored Mueller as its 2016 Jeana P. Hosch Woman of Valor during the agency’s Annual Meeting. The award is presented each year to a YW woman who is an inspirational leader and has a strong sense of giving back to the community.
Mueller, who has been on either the YW's Board of Directors or staff since 1989 before retiring in December, has dedicated her life to serving others. “Dot truly has a servant’s heart and has brought countless volunteers and supporters to the YW,” said Yolanda Sullivan, CEO of the YWCA. “She believes in our mission and has played a significant role in the impact we make on women, children and families in crisis. Dot is a leader by example, a champion for those in need, and a friend to all.”
Mueller worked at UAB for 36 years, most of that time in the Office of the Provost. She helped establish the UAB Benevolent Fund, an on-campus campaign that raises money for area nonprofits. A former president of The Women’s Network and president and district service chair of the Zonta Club of Birmingham, Mueller also served as a member of United Way of Central Alabama’s Visiting Allocation Team for 20 years.
Accepting the award, a one-of-a-kind ceramic angel commissioned by local artist Mary Lembke, Mueller urged those in attendance to find their niche of service. “I do not consider myself to be a person of wealth, power or influence in the community, but I have learned that one person can do a lot of good to help a lot of people by just donating your time, your talents and your resources as you are able,” she said.
Also during the meeting, Board President Brenda Hackney welcomed new members of the Board of Directors: Dr. Jarralynne Agee, director of Birmingham’s Violence Reduction Initiative; Amy S. Allen, president and CEO of Baptist Health System; Lajuana Bradford, senior vice president and director of corporate social responsibility for Regions Bank; Kitty Rogers Brown, shareholder with White Arnold & Dowd, PC; Faye C. Levin, business manager for Alabama Pediatrics; Sumner Johnson Rives, president of the James Milton and Sallie R. Johnson Foundation; Jera G. Stribling, executive director of the Joseph S. Bruno Charitable Foundation; and Beverly S. Virciglio, a member in Warren Averett’s estate and trust service area.