Doria Barnes
Founder and President of Catalyst Educational Solutions

Doria A. Barnes, M.Ed. has over fourteen years experience working in early childhood, K-12, and college-level educational programs as an Executive Director at Midtown Montessori, as the Resource Manager at United Way for SE Michigan, and the University of Detroit, Mercy - School of Dentistry as the Coordinator of Pipeline Programs. Doria earned her Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Educational/Organizational Leadership along with her School Administrator Certificate from Oakland University. Prior to this, she earned her B.S. in Communications from Eastern Michigan University. Throughout her career, she has acquired experience in curriculum and instruction, coordinating educational and cultural enrichment programs, budget management, and designing/implementing programs, activities and curricula that develops youth social-emotional skills.

In her most recent role, she served as a Communications Manager at Oak Park Schools. In this position, she liaised between the district and Superintendent to develop content on behalf of Oak Park Schools through email blasts, brochures, flyers, press releases, informational materials, advertisements, and managing social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. She truly enjoyed this position because she was able to utilize her previous expertise in education to develop creative and engaging content. 

Doria considers herself a serial entrepreneur. She creates spaces and opportunities to use her many talents and gifts. In 2012, Mrs. Barnes founded Catalyst Educational Solutions an educational consulting firm that focuses on work-based learning, leadership development, and program management. Doria also works as a freelance public relations, communications, and marketing expert, offering her services to the greater Detroit area. In 2014, Doria founded Beautiful Elegant Lovely Ladies Achieving (BELLA), a nonprofit mentoring organization. Each year, Doria and the members of BELLA seek to receive donations and volunteers to assist them in providing homeless women and girls toiletries during the holiday season.

Doria is a member of the illustrious Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Doria Barnes has been married for almost ten years to Dwayne Barnes, Jr. and has two amazing sons, Dwayne III and Dylan Barnes.