Sandra currently serves as the Executive Director of the Florida Public Health Association (FPHA), the Florida Public Health Foundation (FPHF) and the Florida Association of County Health Officers (FACHO). Her duties include handling the membership and day to day business of the organizations, writing and managing grants, organizing meetings, working with regional and national groups on behalf of the organizations and serving on numerous committees and boards. She believes these groups play a very important role in being a voice for public health in Florida and the nation. They also are very active advocates on behalf of the public health workers and programs provided in the state.
Sandra graduated from Florida State University with a BS in Health Education and received her MS in Health Education from the University of North Florida. After teaching for three years, she returned to the State Board of Health (now Department of Health) and later to the Duval County Health Department where her skills were utilized in Health Education, Primary Care, Managed Care, Disaster Planning, Healthy Start, Public Information, Legislative Relations and many other program areas. During that time she also served as an adjunct professor for the University of North Florida for three years and lectured to classes many times. She retired in 2001 after 32 years with the State. In 2002 she took on the Executive Director of FPHA and FPHF, and in 2004 she became the ED for FACHO.
During her career in public health, Sandra has served in many organizations. They include FPHA, where she held many offices, including President; Southern Health Association ( a Past President); American Public Health Association; Florida Association of Professional Health Educators ( a founder and Past President); Florida Lung Association; Nation Society for the Prevention of Blindness; Pilot Club International. She has also been recognized for her work by receiving several awards, including: FPHA Meritorious Service Award, SHA Special Meritorious Award, Health Educators Award from the Florida Association of Professional Health Educators, and the FPHA Robert D. May Award. Most recently, Sandra was recognized at the 2007 American Public Heath Association Committee of Affiliates meeting in Washington, DC, where she received their 2007 Award for Excellence.
In addition to her activities in public health, Sandra, serves as a Board member for the State Employees Credit Union, is active in her community Women’s Club and her church.
Sandra is a native Floridian, born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida. She is married to Norman and they have two sons and three grandsons.