Joan Forrest is the president of the St. Petersburg-based Dawson Academy, a postgraduate educational and clinical research facility, dedicated to the advancement of dentistry

Prior to joining the Academy, she was founder and President of Prime Performance, a training and consulting company specializing in developing self-directed work teams and facilitative leadership. Forrest’s career has also included management positions with AT&T and United Technologies. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida in Interdisciplinary Studies and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Forrest is a past recipient of the Outstanding Female Leadership Award from the University of Florida and is a member of the University’s Hall of Fame.