|Dorothy Carter was elected as women of the year by readers of the Sun Advocate who sent in ballots that were printed in the paper over the past few weeks. The balloting is an annual event.|
Dorothy Ann Carter has been selected as the Sun Advocate's 2006 Woman of the Year.
Carter is the Choose to Work job placement specialist for the Utah State Office of Vocational Rehabilitation and is a partner with DWS in both Carbon & Emery Counties. She also works very closely with Active Re-Entry in many of their programs assisting individuals with disabilities.
Carter has worked with over 700 employees and employers in a multitude of capacities, from providing job success coaching to owning and operating a successful business for 15 years. She has a Master's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix
To list a few, and only a few of her community commitments, Carter is a member of the Castle Country Business Expansion and Retention Project, sits on the advisory board of the Southeastern Utah Small Business Investment Fund, was on the volunteer committee for the Dino-Mine Adventure Park, is a board member for the Adult Coalition and a member of the Castle Country Economic Summit Committee.
Carter has five children; Candy, who is finishing her education in order to become a physicians assistant; Kimberly, an attorney; Leon and Justin, who both own their own businesses and Austin, who is a licensed and accomplished scuba diver.
Carter also has five grandchildren who are her pride and joy, Courtney, Tre, Tiana, Mautrice and Canicia.
"She is an example and inspiration to everyone she comes into contact with," said Vicki Bayles. Vicki the owner of the Tamarisk Restaurant and life-long friend of Carter's stated that Dorothy started life with determination and has never let that go.
Carter was born in Price to Frank and Dorothy Ross and was raised in Green River. She attended Green River High School where she was the pep club president, drill team president and participated in both yearbook and the school paper.
This need for participation in everything she could get herself into would follow her into her adult life.
"She was always the one with school spirit, the one with the most get up and go," said Bayles.
After high school Carter headed for Utah Valley College to continue her education. She stayed in college for one year and then returned to Green River to work as a security secretary for the Green River Missile Base.
|Dorothy Ann Carter is the Choose to Work Job Placement Specialist for the Utah State office of Vocational Rehabilitation.|
At this point Carter met her ex-husband and they started their own business.
"My family had always been involved in owning and operating their own businesses," said Carter. "I remember being raised in my dad's UTOCO service station. I would sit on the counter as a child and try to catch shoplifters for my mom and dad."
Carter and her ex-husband started a Mobile service station in 1970 in Green River and quickly expanded it into a small trucking operation. From there they further expanded the business to include a towing and wrecking service which is still operated by Carter's eldest son Leon.
When Carter and her ex-husband divorced in 1989 she picked up and moved to Texas. "I knew I needed a change," she said. "Texas was the place my finger found on the map."
While in Texas, Carter worked for the Copperas Cove School District as a counselor and aid for children with disabilities and adaptive behavior problems. She impressed the district and was offered a full time job but decided to move back to Green River so that her children could all be together and with their mother.
"She is a great mom, she has sacrificed more and cares more for her children than anyone I know," said Bayless.
When she got back to Utah, Carter once again started working on her education in earnest. She started classes at the College of Eastern Utah while working a full time job. When her boys decided they wanted to play football she moved her family from Green River to Price.
She got a job with youth corrections and kept going to school. She got her Associates of Science from CEU in 1991 and kept working with the A1 program.
In 1994 Carter took a job with the Division of Child and Family Services as a support tech. She kept working on her education and received her Bachelor's of Science from Utah State University in 1995 She then went to work as a counselor for JTPA which incorporated with the Utah State Department of Workforce Services (DWS) soon after.
In 1997 Carter was recruited from DWS to the State Office of Vocational Rehabilitation by then district director Karl Kraync. "She is the most well connected and organized person I know," said Kraync.
"I like the creativity my job allows," said Carter. "I can create a vocation for people who have never had the chance to work in the community. I like to see people succeed, I love to see them have the opportunity to change their lives and soar far above what they thought was possible."