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Dr. Sandra D. Smith is a results oriented executive with nearly 20 years of experience. Dr. Smith has an earned Doctorate of Human Services and a Masters in Science in Administration with undergraduate studies in Business Administration. She is currently the Associate Director for the Association of Persons Affected by Addiction. APAA is a  Peer Recovery Support Services Community Center in Dallas, TX which assist individuals seeking recovery from substance use and co-ocurring mental challenges.  Prior to APAA  she served as Regional Associate Dean to the largest geographical area within Strayer University Onsite Programs. Dr. Smith has also served as Executive Director to thirty four (34) grant funded youth development service programs ranging from k-12 at Medgar Evers College of the City University of New York. She supervised a staff of 130 employees with 34 direct reports.

Dr. Smith has vast experience in Higher Education Administration and Secondary Education with an unwavering commitment to the highest educational standards in order to support and encourage today’s youth and adults. She has an understanding and experience in facilitating today’s complex and rapidly changing student populations. Additionally, she has an established record of achievement in challenging work environments which emphasizes high performance standards including attention to detail, deadline sensitivity, and excellent organizational skills.

Dr. Smith's most recent accomplishment has been the completion of her true life story "Choices". Choices was written during her 18 months incarceration {which began at Rikers Island in New York} and has become a message of hope and redemption for many. This story is resonating with both youth and adults because of the courage and tenacity in which it was written. Choices is also available as a Criminal Justice Study Journal.

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  • Choices: My Way Home To Me

Seize This Brand New Day

Today is a brand new day. A day full of opportunity. Regardless of your current situation you hold within you the ability to achieve amazing strides. We are all given opportunities to choose our paths in life. Often that task seems daunting but if we can keep the faith and just hold on, victory is on the way. Today you were given a gift that many were not given - the gift of life. Every moment that we are allowed to stay on this earth is a gift which should not be taken for granted. I have learned the hard…

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