From an early point in her life, Sandy Leavell knew that she was not a person meant to simply occupy a role or job. She felt keenly aware that her work would be a defining part of her life and wanted her life to be one that she felt purposeful and excited about every day. As a result, she has spent the bulk of her adult life in positions that permitted her to utilize her skill set and education in efforts to build better communities.
Sandy most recently served as the Tennessee Region Recovery Manager for the American Red Cross. Previous work as a Shelter Director and the Director of Social Services with the Salvation Army, and as a Head Start teacher have provided her with opportunities to work alongside the United Way for many years. Sandy has also served on Emergency Food and Shelter (EFSP) boards in several counties in Tennessee and north Georgia.
Sandy holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Christian Counseling from Liberty University, and an associate’s degree in Career Education from Roane State Community College. She is a Roane County native and is looking forward to working with her local community, volunteers, and partnering agencies in her new role as the Executive Director of the Roane County United Way.