Mrs. Sanders is a visionary servant leader who is dedicated to the Athens-Clarke county community. In 2006, while working for an alternative educational program I noticed that a majority of the juveniles attending this program were missing parental guidance and direction. Some of the juveniles were dealing with hard issues including, homelessness, sexual abuse, and mental illness not yet diagnosed yet are expected to concentrate in class and be a productive student. Often educators are looking at students from a behavioral issue stance not fully aware of what juveniles are dealing with at home. Working as a Case Management Clerk in juvenile court I encountered the same students, this time as repeat offenders. My work experience left me wondering who looks out for juvenile offenders. Often, I would attend meetings designed to focus on the best interest of juveniles and agencies tasked with overseeing would not even know where the juveniles resided, was problematic. Not to mention that parents and caregivers are not educated on how the court process work which contributes to recidivism. Advocating for those without a voice is my passion, especially those who may have fallen through the cracks.
“When I was a teenager I definitely made mistakes and firmly believe that mistakes you make as a teen should not dictate or determine your life thereafter.”
“ Going through the court process can be overwhelming. To have someone looking out for your best interest can promote positive thinking and outcomes."
Mrs. Sanders has a very diverse educational background which has focused on community service. Mrs. Sanders holds an Associates degree in Paralegal Studies, Bachelors in Criminal Justice, Masters in Forensic Psychology and Certification in Marriage and Family Therapy. Mrs. Sanders is an active member of the Athens-Clarke county community and member Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has also served on various boards and organizations including: 2023 Georgia Titan 100 Award Honoree ▪ 2022 ATHENA International Honoree ▪ Envision Athens "Chair Person" ▪ LEAD Athens Class of 2019-2020 ▪ United Way of Northeast Georgia "Impact Review Panel" ▪ Court Appointed Special Advocate ▪ Friends for Life "Mentor" ▪ Student Paralegal Association ▪ Solicitor General Campaign Committee ▪ National Association of Legal Assistants ▪ Citizen Advocacy "Board Member"▪ Foothill Charter School "Mentor" ▪ Advantage Behavioral Health ▪ Evelyn C. Neely Leadership Class "Inaugural" ▪ Toastmasters ▪ NAACP
Clarke County School District
School Social Worker
Morehouse School of Medicine
Associate Program Director
Office of Online Education & Expanded Programs
Dr. Alvie Coes
Piedmont Technical College
Dean of Engineering and Industrial Technology
South State Bank
Dr. Roswell Lawrence, Jr.
University of Georgia Assistant Vice President and Chief of Staff for Finance & Administration
BOARD MEMBERS OF JOA
BOARD MEMBERS OF JOA
Athens-Clarke County Solicitor General
John Q. Williams
Clarke County Sheriff's Office
Piedmont Athens Regional
Manager Business Development
Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
School Based Probation/Parole Specialist II
Ana Laura Solis-Sanchez
University of Georgia
School of Social Work
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