About Ann Miller WoodfordAbout Ann Miller Woodford

Ann Miller Woodford is a native of Andrews where she attended the one room- one teacher, Andrews Colored/Negro Elementary School through 8th grade.  She graduated with honors from Allen High School, a Women’s Division of Christian Service sponsored Methodist girls’ boarding school in Asheville, NC.  Ann graduated cum laude in 1969, with a bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Ohio University in Athens, Ohio where she was a member of Mortar Board honor society.  She is currently working on a Master of Arts Degree from Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina.  She is a member of Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Andrews, NC and holds the office of Sunday School Treasurer and Youth Director.

Having lived in Andrews, Asheville, Athens, Pittsburgh, New York, Columbus, Los Angeles, and Atlanta; Ann has developed a love for people and public relations.  As an artist/designer, she has created works of art and crafts which have been marketed locally, nationally, and internationally. In the 1980s she partnered with the actress, Esther Rolle who played "Florida Evans" on the TV series "Good Times in a company called E & A Global Enterprises in Los Angeles, CA.

Ann is an artist who loves community development. She is the Founder of One Dozen Who Care, Inc., whose vision is to create leadership capacity and build community unity in the far western region of North Carolina through training, supporting community, collaborating with other community groups, and organizing economic development, social, cultural and educational activities. She is also the Founder of Chautauqua AVE! (Andrews Valley Experience!), a Chautauqua festival held each spring and fall in Andrews, North Carolina, featuring local and national speakers.

Ann Woodford believes that we must “Think globally” but “Act locally”.  She says, “The worst part of change is fear.  Education and understanding can alleviate the anxiety associated with the changes that are destined to come about.”  One of Ann’s personal goals is to bring about more understanding between races, religions, and youth with adults.