Sandra has overcome insurmountable odds through faith in God, including childhood sexual abuse at seven and sex trafficking at 11. Her tumultuous life led to her placement in the Department of Children and Families (DCF) at 12 years old in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She became pregnant at 13 and continued in DCF custody, foster care, and shelter homes. The trauma led her to crack cocaine addiction at 16 and a 1987 drug-sting arrest captured on national TV by the Broward County Sheriff's Office during the "War on Drugs."
In 1990, faith in God and her fight for education freed Sandra from domestic violence, crack cocaine, and alcohol addiction. All the same, in 1992, Sandra became very ill. A blood test revealed the problem. The diagnosis of AIDS. However, that same year, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Sandra fought for her health and wellness by gaining the courage to confront the pain, the torment of domestic violence, self-abuse, and childhood secrets. Today, Sandra is a grateful warrior. In 2016, Sandra completed her autobiography entitled Lessons from the Thorns; His Grace is Sufficient. Her book chronicles her fight for mental health and wellness after trauma. In addition, the documentary Taking Innocence Project Docuseries captures parts of her life's story and the other survivors of human trafficking. Sandra is the International Best-selling author of the collaborative book Chosen: A Call Through Refinement. Sandra has since made education her priority.
In 1994, Commissioner Clay Shaw awarded her Alumni of the Year in nursing from the BETA program. In 2004, Sandra answered another call: climb the highest peak in El Paso County in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After two days on Pikes Peak Mountain, Sandra reached the summit: 14,115 feet. With Education and Wholeness as her priorities, Sandra received her master's in organizational leadership at Palm Beach Atlantic University. In May 2023, Sandra completed her doctoral studies in Community Care and Counseling Marriage and Family Therapy at Liberty University and her dissertation on the Psychosocial impacts of transgenerational trauma on parenting styles.
As a public speaker, coach, fitness instructor, survivor, and active NCNW Human Trafficking Committee member, she understands the complexity of trauma. Therefore, Sandra implements a multidimensional approach to help individuals, families, and communities in her therapeutic mentoring practice. She builds her life on Christ and the call of Isaiah 61:1:
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners."