Sandy began managing technical assistance projects for Praxis International in 2003. She currently manages the Advocacy Learning Center (ALC), a unique national program funded by the Office on Violence Against Women. A member of the White Earth tribe of Anishinabe, Sandy is a founding mother of the Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition. She served as a Circle Keeper for 4 years and remains active in the coalition.

When she first joined Praxis, Sandy managed the Rural Technical Assistance on Violence Against Women Program.

She was a member of the Praxis team that conducted a Safety and Accountability Audit in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in 2007. The audit led to the development of Saint Paul’s Blueprint for Safety.

When she’s not actively working to end physical and sexual violence, Sandy enjoys drawing on her Native heritage to make moccasins and dance regalia, especially for children.

Previous experience
Sandy has been an advocate for battered women and their children since 1992, gaining experience in providing direct advocacy and facilitating groups for both women and children.

Advocating for youth and children who had lived with a batterer, Sandy was the Children’s Program Coordinator in a small rural shelter and a child advocate in a large metro shelter.

Later, as the Children’s Advocacy Program Coordinator with the Minnesota State Coalition for Battered Women, Sandy organized training/networking opportunities and policy and legislative initiatives for a statewide network of child advocates.

Sandy also served as project coordinator for the Coalition’s Rural Domestic Violence and Child Victimization Enforcement Grant, funded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. In that capacity, she oversaw statewide efforts to develop protocols for intervention when battering and child abuse co-exist.

Collaborations

  • Former board member of Partners for Women’s Equality
  • Working with Pop No’J, a Guatemalan organization, to develop a curriculum to train 20 Mayan women as advocates to work on the issue of violence against women
  • Serving on Women of Color and Native Women Leadership Council of the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women
  • Member of Women of Color Network/Pennsylvania Coalition Against Domestic Violence
  • Participating on Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual Assault Coalition work group to develop a culturally specific curriculum on sexual assault advocacy
  • Consultant for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women in developing a “Domestic Violence 101” training curriculum
  • Participating in policy summits for the First Nations Repatriation Institute
  • Peer reviewer for U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women
  • Consultant/trainer for Red Wind Consulting

Highlights

  • Co-authored Responding to the Dual Issues of Battering and Child Abuse: Promising Practices for Battered Women’s Programs, a manual for advocates
  • Contributed to the Tribal Safe Protocol for sexual assault medical forensic examinations in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities
  • Co-developed packet Teen Dating Violence: Prevention and Intervention Strategies
  • Co-developed booklet and CD Repairing the Harm: How Family & Friends Can Help Battered Mothers and Their Children
  • Developed advocacy packet Organizing Tribal Leadership: Leading the Change in Your Community
  • Contributed to public awareness campaign it is time to dance…