August 22, 2003
Karen B. Carter is a commissioned officer in the Public Health Service (PHS) Commissioned Corps. Carter has a Masters of Public Health from the University of California, a Dietetic Internship from V.A. Wadsworth Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, and a Bachelor of Science, Department of Food and Nutrition from Washington State University. In addition, Carter is a Registered Dietitian, American Dietetics Association, Diplomate, American College of Health Care Executives, and she is Board Certified in Pediatric Nutrition.
Captain Carter has been the Executive Director for health programs on the Nez Perce Indian Reservation in northern Idaho for the past six and a half years. As such, she was responsible for a healthcare system that serves 3,600 American Indians. She administered an overall budget of $10 million and a staff of 92. One of her many accomplishments during her tenure at Lapwai was to increase third party collections from $350,000 to $1.6 million.
Before Lapwai, Carter spent four and half years at the PHS Indian Hospital on the Tohono O'odham Reservation in Sells, Arizona. She supervised the hospital Pharmacy, Nutrition and Dietetics, Diabetes Prevention, Medical Imaging, Optometry, and Physical Therapy Departments with a total staff of 28. Carter's experience and qualifications and achievements are extensive and will be well received at KIC.
Carter and her husband, Kerwin, have been married for 21 years and they have a daughter named Mary who is 17. Having just graduated from high school, daughter Mary will be enrolling at Washington State University at Pullman, Washington this fall. Kerwin Carter is an enrolled member of the Nez Perce Tribe. He has taught high school history classes for the past 14 years. His last teaching assignment was co-teaching at Lapwai Alternative High School where he also coached high school football and golf.
Kerwin Carter studies Indian cultures and has been allowed to expand his American history course with a healthy reality from the Native American perspective. Together, the Carters enjoy traditional hunting and gathering of food. Kerwin Carter considers himself to be a traditional Indian dancer. He enjoys building teepees and does bead work.
In her announcement, Zimmerle said KIC is looking forward to growing its community with the addition of the Carters.
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