Born in Henderson, Nevada and grew up in Rochester, New York.
Graduated from Central Bible College with a BA in Education
Worked as a caseworker for the Mississippi State Welfare Department, Secretary, Administrative Assistant, Secretary to a CEO and became a Technical Writer and Editor for an FAA contracted Employer. She holds a certificate in the International Society of Configuration Management and is a registered Certified International Configuration Manager. An ordained minister with the Assemblies of God, Zelma is the mother of three grown children and the proud grandmother of five grandchildren She has been married fifty years to Marshall L. Dodd, a pastor and international and keynote motivational speaker.