The Dollhouse Foundation, Inc., was founded by Nicole Benton, a writer, life coach, philanthropist, and student therapist. Having completed the required coursework to be conferred with the degree of Master of Science in Marriage and Family Therapy, Nicole is currently a graduate therapist intern and is extremely passionate about supporting, uplifting, and empowering at-risk populations, as she believes that people can achieve greater success if other systemic barriers are no longer a factor. This dynamic and promising student in the mental health field has already received several accolades in the field including membership in the Chi Upsilon Chi chapter of Chi Sigma Iota- the International Counseling and Academic Professional Honor Society, and the Pi chapter of Delta Kappa Honor Society for Marriage and Family Therapy. Nicole is also a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, as well as a voting board member and student representative of the Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, and was requested to co-present at the American Counseling Association’s international conference in 2016. Nicole serves on the Junior Board of Directors for the Georgia Chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and is a team captain for the Annual Atlanta Out of the Darkness Suicide Walk. She is also an ambassador for the International Black Women's Public Policy Institute, and the Chair of Multicultural Diversity for the Central Florida Association for Marriage and Family Therapy. Nicole is an author with her work being featured on goodtherapy.org, emilycottontop.com, and thedossierroom.com, and a contributing author to the recently released anthology, She Wouldn’t Let Me Fall: 100 Stories of Faith, Forgiveness, and Friendship.
In addition to her pursuits in the mental health field, Nicole also holds a Bachelors degree in Speech Communication from Clark Atlanta University, as well as a Masters degree in Public Relations, where she graduated with honors, a course director award, and a nomination for advanced academic achievement. Nicole served as a panelist at the 2017 Congressional Black Caucus, and is a workshop facilitator, dynamic speaker, and the current president and CEO of ME Management, PR LLC where she has provided customer service and PR training to several major companies in the airport industry.
As a mentor for teen girls, and a HBCU graduate, Nicole is particularly passionate about supporting African American youth on their journey to obtain higher education. Nicole was recently nominated as a top 30 alumnae of Clark Atlanta University, being recognized for her outstanding service and leadership.
Though Nicole has achieved many things and received many titles in her academic and professional life, her most treasured role is being the wife to her husband and mother to their two children.
How We Got Our Name
Nicole got her philanthropic spirit from her grandmother, Dorothy Jean Bennett (pictured on the left), who was a community advocate in her own right. Nicole says that her grandmother, affectionately known as Doll, would give the shirt off of her own back to someone in need. Upon her grandmother’s passing, Nicole knew that she had to do something to honor her grandmother’s legacy in a way that best reflected her life of service, and ultimately decided to name the foundation after her grandmother’s nickname.