Delmarva Christian Schools is pleased to announce guest speakers Mr. S. Mark Cathy (Chick-fil-A Manager in Customer Experience and grandson to Chick-fil-A founder Truett Cathy) and Dr. Dot Richardson (Head Softball Coach at Liberty University and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist).
As the Manager in Customer Experience, Mark Cathy represents the Operator Voice to the Marketing Leadership Team at Chick-fil-A. Prior to joining the Chick-fil-A home office staff in 2009, Mark was a Chick-fil-A restaurant operator in California for two years. His first role at home office was as a Business Consultant, advising Operators on ways to grow their businesses and helping them solve challenges unique to their restaurants. Mark graduated from the University of Georgia in 2004, with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management, and in 2010, Mark received his Executive MBA for Entrepreneurial Management from Pepperdine University. As a grandson to founder S. Truett Cathy, Mark is part of the third generation of Cathy family members to take leadership roles at the quick-service restaurant chain. He is the eldest son of Donald “Bubba” Cathy (Executive Vice President of Chick-fil-A, Inc. and President of Dwarf House, Inc). Mark, his wife Amy, and their three children live in Atlanta, Georgia where Mark enjoys beach volleyball and surfing.
Considered one of the most decorated collegiate, national, and international players in softball history, Dot Richardson took over Liberty University’s head softball coaching position in 2013. During the 2016 season, Dot led Liberty’s Lady Flames to the team’s first 30-win season since 2010. The Lady Flames also finished third in the conference with program-record 16 Big South victories. Dot was also instrumental in the planning for the school’s state-of-the-art Liberty Softball Stadium which opened in the spring of 2015. Prior to her time at Liberty University, in 1996 and again in 2000, Dot helped Team USA win Olympic gold in Atlanta–by hitting the game-winning home run–and Sydney. Internationally, she has played in five Pan American Games and five World Championships winning five gold medals and four gold medals consecutively. Dot has also been named as a five-time All-American, UCLA’s All-University Athlete (sharing this honor in 1983 with three-time Olympic track & field gold medalist Jackie Joyner Kersee), and NCAA Player of the Decade. Additionally, Dot is listed No. 43 on the Top 100 NCAA Student-Athletes of the Century. Academically, Dot earned an undergraduate degree in kinesiology/pre-med, a Master’s of Art in Exercise Physiology/Health and a doctoral degree that resulted in a five-year doctoral residency in orthopedic surgery. Dot’s career has included participation in an orthopedic sport medicine fellowship at the Kerlan-Job Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles, California, as well as serving as the Executive Director and Medical Director of the National Training Center in Clermont, Florida. Furthermore, Dot is the founder of the Dot Richardson Softball Association, has served as a television commentator, has authored two books, and has produced a collection of instructional videos. Dot lives in Virginia with her husband Bob Pinto, the National Director of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Softball Ministry.