Ann Miller Woodford- Founder
Ann Miller Woodford grew up in the small mountain town of Andrews, North Carolina, during the days of segregation. She seized opportunities available to her for education and work, moved away, and built an exciting career in business and the arts. Eventually, she returned to her hometown and became a proud booster of Andrews and the region. Artist, author, businesswoman, and activist, she became an agent for change as the founder of One Dozen Who Care Inc., a nonprofit that works to create leadership capacity and build community unity in far western North Carolina.
Pat Washington - Member, Parliamentarian and Conference Chair
"You can do it!" Pat Washington's favorite life slogan comes from her desire to encourage and empower people to reach their full potential and remains one of the top priorities in her life. She is a native of Texas, and has lived in several regions of the United States. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology and Education, as well as credentials in Child Development, Pat has enjoyed a successful career in education and community leadership that includes serving as Director for the Early Child Care Institute, Director of an after-school program as well as teaching in public school and Job Corps. Pat resides with her husband in the Great Smokey Mountains of North Carolina and enjoys church, family, watching competitive sports, and travel.
Stella Moore is a retired business owner who, with her husband, has 4 children and 6 grandchildren. Her family moved to Western NC from Teaneck, NJ in 2002. She is a member of the North Carolina NAACP, where she serves on the Executive Committee. She is also a member of the NC Legal Aid Client Council. Stella delivers meals to the elderly for the Jackson County Meals on Wheels program. She is also a member of God’s Holy Tabernacle Church, where she serves as Deaconess.
Marion Pryce-White was born and raised in the Caribbean island of Jamaica. She is the seventh of ten children, two who are now deceased. She graduated from teacher training college in Jamaica and taught there for 10 years before migrating to the United States to work on her Bachelor's and Master's degrees. She has worked in the North Carolina School System as a Special Education teacher and part-time instructor at Wayne County Community College. She is now retired from teaching.
Patricia Hall - Founding Member and President
Patricia is a native of Simonton, Texas where she was raised on a farm. She is the sixth of a twelve children. Patricia attended Texas Woman’s University and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in occupational therapy. She has three children: Kassandra Hall Greene, David and Katherine, who are twins; and three grandsons, Michael Landon, and Lincoln, and one granddaughter, Cataleya.
Patricia was a very dynamic member of Mount Zion Baptist church of Andrews. She taught adult Sunday school, worked with the youth, and provided great financial support. She has moved back to Simonton, Texas where she is very active in her church. She loves to tell stories, and work with her arts and crafts, and is a world traveler who plans to work in a new country one day.
Serving the far Western North Carolina, North Georgia, and East Tennessee areas for many years, Patricia worked at the Clay County Care Center, Chatuge Hospital and Nursing Home, Brithaven of Graham County, Swain County Schools, Life Care Center of Copper Basin, Life Care Center of Morgan County and Roane Medical Center.
She is the recipient of the 2011 ODWC community service award as a tribute to in recognition of her gifts of time, treasure, and excellent talents as she has shared her outstanding and caring service as a Founding Board Member of ODWC and to the community in Western North Carolina.