OFFICERS OF THE BOARD
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.
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.
Pamela Carman - Secretary
Mississippi in the 1950s was a tumultuous place and time to live, and it was in this environment that Pamela Carman was raised. At the age of 12, she was sent away to a Mississippi boarding school, then transferred to The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, where she completed her high school education before returning to Mississippi to attend college. Throughout Pamela's childhood, she was greatly influenced by the African Americans who were responsible for her care. Most influential was her family's Negro handyman, who Pamela credits with teaching her the values the holds dear today. This man, says Pamela, taught her about honesty, respect, loyalty, integrity, generosity, and nurturing.
After graduating from college, Pamela returned to Atlanta and accepted a teaching position in the Atlanta Public Schools. Concluding that teaching in the public-school environment was not what she wanted, she resigned her position, purchased a catering business, and for three years covered her county selling food from her catering truck. From there she went on to other endeavors including home construction and roofing.
When Pamela moved to Andrews, NC, she became involved in community volunteering. For several years, she transported veterans to the Asheville VA hospital, became a Guardian ad Litem volunteer, began the first North Carolina chapter of Project Linus, Inc. became a director of The Ronald Andrew Holloway Foundation, founded the Frances Evans Walker memorial scholarship program, and became a forensic interviewer for Haven Children's Advocacy Center. She is most proud that she was the first non-African American to be asked to join One Dozen Who Care, Inc, where she has served as the organization's treasurer and secretary. In her spare time, she raises goats, writes stories, weaves baskets and does woodworking in her carpentry shop.
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. This nonprofit works to create leadership capacity and build community unity in far western North Carolina. Ann’s personal business is Ann’s Tree African American Art and Books.
Camden “Cammie” Lloyd Johnson – Chair, Multicultural Women’s Development Conference
Camden Johnson was born in Commerce GA in 1975 but grew up the beautiful mountains of Hayesville NC, with 4 brothers and 2 sisters. Growing up in a large family opened your heart and mind to see the world differently. She says, “Right after high school I moved and attended Southwestern Community College in Webster NC, where I studied Criminal Justice for 2yrs. Jumping into the real world after college I discovered that the law field was not the route for me. Later on, I took a different direction and discover my love for people, but in a different way, so hospitality was the answer. There is where I soared in making people have great memories. I'm a member of Fort Hembree Baptist Church where I'm over the youth department. I have a wonderful fun and loving little family that I have been graciously blessed with. I'm currently active as a Girl Scout Leader. I have been a cheerleading coach for 5yrs for both Clay and Cherokee County schools. My mission in life is to help our youth achieve a better purpose in life and to show them unconditional love and to always realize we don't have to JUST settle. You are somebody!”
Mary Sue Casey – Chair, One Dozen Who Care – Prescott Academic Scholarship Fund
Mary Sue Casey was born in Sylva to Minnie Worley Casey and the late Lyndon K. Casey, Sr., and was educated in Jackson County, North Carolina. Her brother Curt Casey is a retired North Carolina Highway Patrolman and her sister Audrey retired from Verizon. Mary Sue was educated in Jackson County, North Carolina. Like most western Carolinians over 50 years old who are of African descent, Mary Sue attended the all Black Jackson Elementary School through seventh grade. Graduating from Sylva-Webster High School in 1970, she remained in Jackson County and attended Western Carolina University where she earned a Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in secondary education (1974) and a Master of Arts degree in secondary education (1984).
Mary Sue is a member of Liberty Baptist Church where she has served as Treasurer, Christian Education Director, and a member of the Budget Committee. Since its inception in 2001, through 2018, she has been chairperson of the Waynesville Missionary Baptist Association (WMBA) Banquet Committee. She has also served as the Women’s Day chairperson and Director of the Black History Month program of the WMBA. Mary Sue’s community involvement includes membership in the Order of the Eastern Star- Sylva Chapter 416B and has acted as President of Bridges to Community. She has also served on the boards of Directors of the North Carolina Cheerleading Coaches Association, Samaritan Health Clinics, and One Dozen Who Care Inc
Dawn Colbert is a Rehab Tech for a physical therapy facility in Murphy, NC. She is a native of Murphy. As a child she and her family lived in several different states and in Germany during her dad’s career in the US Army. Upon moving back to the states, Dawn graduated from Murphy High School in 1990, and she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology in 1996. She has worked with the public in the non-profit and for-profit sectors. She is an active member of her community, and church family where she works with the youth. She enjoys learning about her African American roots, and other ethnic cultures. Her family and her Christian beliefs are very important to her, and as she says, “Keeps me grounded”
Marion Pryce White
Marion 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.
Darlene Crisp Hodgin has been married to Jerry for forty years. She says, “I am a retired County Employee. I also worked for a criminal attorney and my last job was at Caterpillar in the Human Resource Department.”
Darlene attended Franklin High School and South Community College and Western Carolina College, studying accounting for Administrative Positions and Accounting positions.
She reiterates, “I am retired now. I feel honored and privileged to be on the Board of ODWC. “Darlene works on the planning committee for the MWDC 2018 and says, “Thank you all.”
Antonieta Pasquariello, known as Toni, is originally from Caracas, Venezuela. She moved to the United States in December of 1987. Toni has always worked in non-profit organizations, because she loves to help people, especially those in the Hispanic community. She has been a board member of different organizations like the Macon County Arts Council, the Latino Center (Centro Latino), and Vecinos which is “an organization that works to improve the lives of farmworkers and their families by offering mobile medical services and health education, along with advocating for farmworker rights.”
Currently, Toni works at the Sylva office of Legal Aid of North Carolina, a non-profit legal service in Sylva, as a Health Care Navigator and paralegal. She is married and lives in Franklin, North Carolina. She has one daughter and one 8-year-old grandchild. Toni says, “I am very happy to be involved with One Dozen Who Care, Inc., because I believe in education and empowerment of young women of any color, religion or race.”
ADVISORS TO THE BOARD
Becky Anderson, Board member of the BRNHA and advisor to ODWC
Rebecca “Becky” Anderson has received the coveted North Carolina Order of the Long Leaf Pine award. The Order of the Long Leaf Pine is among the most prestigious awards presented by the Governor of North Carolina, presented to individuals who have a proven record of extraordinary service to the state, their communities and organizations. She is a board member and former chair of the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership.
Ann Woodford says, “My first meeting with Becky, the Founder and Executive Director of Handmade in America, and former President and current board member of the BRNHA, was when she led a group at the Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College to formulate plans for a heritage area. That meeting, on a snowy day in February, led to my working with Becky to make Andrews, North Carolina one of the first Four Small Towns of Handmade in America and to her becoming a cherished Advisor to One Dozen Who Care, Inc.”
Becky Anderson the founder of Handmade in America who has been a long-time proponent of heritage preservation, community partnerships and economic development in Western North Carolina. Becky has selflessly served her state, its 25-county mountain region, and communities throughout the region in her work with education, government, private enterprise, and nonprofits.
She now continues to support the creative economy through her own consulting firm, Becky Anderson Consulting, Inc. and continues to support cultural and economic development projects such as One Dozen Who Care, Inc.
Helen Matthews Lewis
Helen known as the “Mother of Appalachian Studies” is an educator, writer, civil rights activist, and a former One Dozen Who Care Board Member. ODWC is proud and honored to have had the service of Helen Matthews Lewis on its Board of Directors. She has supported its activities since she first invited the group to the Appalachian Studies Association conference held in Helen, Georgia. Helen Lewis now lives in Abingdon, Virginia after moving from her home in Morganton, Georgia.
Dr. Emory E Prescott
Emory is the founder and owner of THE HERBAL BRAIN, LLC. Emory is also a NC native, a registered herbalist, and a medical speech-language pathologist with 26 years of experience helping patients with neurological issues. Her PhD in Natural Health Sciences and doctoral research have given her a unique perspective on brain health as it applies to adults with memory issues. With a passion for healing, Emory has created a unique blend of highly beneficial herbs known to help memory and boost brain function. THE HERBAL BRAIN produces teas and aromatherapy specifically blended for enhanced brain health. Her gardens are located on the Balsam range overlooking Sylva, NC.