Sandy has a long career as a social work and education professional. She has strong experience working with organizational Boards, foundations, with clients, and in management.
Sandy established a private practice called Winter’s Grace Guidance Center – which she recently transitioned to a part time status. Through this practice she has coordinated with school systems
and medical and behavioral health providers to design unique niche programs offering family, social and interpersonal development with animal assisted and equine facilitated wellness. Previously,
Sandy worked at the Providence Alaska Medical Center to help develop and manage the health-system’s new multi-million-dollar cancer center which included the creation of the Office of Patient
Navigation, Susan Butcher Family Center, healing arts, animal assisted activities/therapies, equine facilitated wellness, and clinical support groups.
In addition, Sandy has held many academic positions and presented at numerous conferences and trainings in Alaska and Florida. She has served on nonprofit Boards and
volunteered with organizations including the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, American Cancer Society and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Sandy has received the Lifetime of Service Award from the
Heroes of Health Care, Hospice of Anchorage, the Mission Spirit Award for Programs from Providence Hospital Systems, and an award from the Susan Butcher Family
Sandy has a MSW from Florida State University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida. She also has a BSW/Minor in Child Welfare from the
University of West Florida, and a BA in Home Economics/Minor in Business Administration from Central Missouri State. She holds a Certifcation as an Equine Facilitated Wellness Mental Health, Learning
and Equine Professional.