Sandy's mother was member of SAI in Racine, Wisconsin in the early 1950s. Sandy loved her mom's stories about quartet competitions. Sandy thought she would enjoy being a part of SAI but various jobs, various moves and schedules had not allowed that to happen.
In September 2021, Sandy and her husband, Mike, relocated to Fairview, Michigan from Virginia Beach to help take care of Mike's parents. Mike's brother, Kevin, a pastor of Comins Community Church, told her about the director position in Prescott.