Dotti Groover Skipper
with Hillsborough County Human Trafficking Update
Dotti Groover–Skipper believes in dynamic living through servant leadership! Since graduating from the University of South Florida, She has facilitated expert programming to impact positive policy change in tobacco, alcohol, gambling, substance abuse, addiction, and sex trade and has helped develop numerous sustainable community coalitions.
Groover-Skipper is an ordained elder and missionary. She has operated at the national level at the United Methodist Church through the General Board of Church and Society in Washington, DC to mobilize and train clergy and faith communities to engage in issues of addiction, human rights and social justice. She continues to present at numerous National Conferences on anti-trafficking strategies. She is founder of HeartDance Foundation, a ministry dedicated to restoration of men, women, and children recovering from addiction and sex trade.
Groover-Skipper is credited as a catalyst to peak action against human trafficking in Tampa Bay and recognized by Florida Governor Rick Scott and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, as the “Human Trafficking Advocate of the Year” for the State of Florida 2013. In March 2014, she was recognized for her tireless work as a “Woman of Distinction” by the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida. Dot received the 2014 Florida Achievement Award from the Florida Commission On the Status of Women. Additionally, in February 2016, Dot was recognized by the Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation as a “Community Hero”, received the Zonta International “Status of Women” award as the 2016 Human Trafficking Victims Advocate, and in 2018 received the “Ribbon of Honor” award from The American Association Of University Women.
Groover-Skipper is appointed by Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi to the legislatively formed Statewide Council On Human Trafficking and appointed by Florida Governor Rick Scott to the Florida Drug Policy Advisory Council. She assists FREE- The Slavery Survival Network, serves as Commissioner on the Hillsborough County Commission On the Status of Women, serves on the board of the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance, and is currently employed as the Florida Division Anti-Trafficking Director for the Salvation Army.
In 2009, Dot married her high school sweetheart, Roger. Together they are the proud parents of seven adult children and grandparents of two