Dorothy was the first female welding instructor in the Wisconsin Technical College System and has served on numerous state and local advisory groups and task forces related to welding and apprenticeships. In her local community, Dorothy serves on the task force for diversity at MATC, works with community based organizations, provides mentor training, and serves Community Baptist Church as chair of its educational board.
Dorothy earned an A.A.S. degree in welding technology, a B.S. degree in vocational-technical and adult education, and an M.S. degree in training and development from the University of Wisconsin-Stout.