Sandy Saffell was raised with an international, cross-cultural perspective. Her father was a military officer and wherever he was stationed, Sandy’s parents made sure their family learned about and respected the local customs. Her undergraduate degree in Recreation is from Washington State University and she has a Masters in Public Administration.
The first years of work experiences included Recreation and Girl Scouts which provided the opportunity to manage community centers, playgrounds, and day camps and teach business and leadership skills as well as personnel recruitment and management. During three years in Germany, Sandy traveled, served as a Girl Scout trainer and as President of the German American Women’s Club.
Saffell’s extensive Telecommunications career began with the Washington State Patrol in 1975. During 24 years with the State Patrol and over 3 years as a 9-1-1 Director, she enjoyed instructor staff positions at the Washington State Patrol Academy and Criminal Justice Training Commission and managed several Telecommunications Centers.
Sandy has taught classes at the Community College, University and Graduate School levels both in the United States and Internationally. She has also conducted seminars on self expression, self management and conflict management. Current interests include supporting the Washington State burgeoning wine industry through her wine seminars.
Enhancing Sandy’s experience is a lifetime of volunteering. She is the recipient of the Volunteer Leadership Award from the Governor of the State of Washington and received the Outstanding Service Award from the Washington State University Foundation where she currently serves as a Trustee. She is a lifetime member of the Alumni Association of WSU and served two terms on their Board of Directors.
She is a lifetime member of Girl Scouts and in 1983, presented at the World Conference of Girl Scouts and Girl Guides on the topic of Law Enforcement. She was selected three times to lead American Girl Scouts on International opportunities. Sandy has been a long-time member of her professional organization, the Association of Public Safety Communications Officials International (APCO) and was recognized by the Washington State Chapter with Honorary Life Membership. Other board memberships included the Yakima Enological Society and the Olympia Symphony Board of Directors. As a committed board member, she serves on committees and has been elected as an officer including terms as secretary, treasurer, and president.
One of Sandy’s core beliefs is the importance of International Friendship. Living, working, volunteering and visiting in many countries of North America, Europe, Asia and Africa, she has worked to this end through her community involvement and commitment. Sandy is our Meeting Recorder.