Dr. Potter-Witter has twenty-four years of professional forestry experience, performing benefit-cost analysis, policy analysis, and resource assessment in public and private sectors, domestically and internationally. She also has fifteen years of natural resource economics research and teaching at a major university. Currently a professor in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University, she performs research, extension, and teaching in forest economics and forest business management. She is a member of interdepartmental Resource Economics faculty, and has been Chairperson of Examining Committee, and Chairperson of Department Advisory Committee.

Potter-Witter has been well published. Her professional affiliations include the Society of American Foresters, Michigan Association of Extension Specialists, Michigan Society of Planning Officials, and the Governor's Forest Products Industry Development Council.