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About Sandy Ross
Kansas City, Missouri native Sandra Lynette Ross is founder director of Education and Health Development Trust (2003), and its sister NGO, Girl-Child International (2005) of Ghana, and is a business owner of Pink Enterprises LLC. She is a consultant, specializing in management: communications, education and health projects and technical assistance for individuals, and corporate, media and nonprofit organizations, especially projects and programs in African villages and rural areas.
She works as an international development consultant. This includes work with US Embassies and Ministries (past consults include Cameroon, Gabon and Ghana), USAID, and International Foundation for Education and Self Help (IFESH)and international partners for a myriad of advocacy/ peacekeeping, communications, education, health, refugee/immigration and integrated farming systems projects.
She has completed graduate studies in journalism and mass communication, applied communication technology, media management, international marketing, and professional studies in education at Iowa State University, Ames; Cleveland State University; and the University of Missouri School of Journalism, Columbia. Sandy earned a Bachelor's of Science degree at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri, in the areas of journalism/news-editorial. She also holds a Ph.D. in education, ISU/UR-Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Since 1973, she has worked at news organizations in various positions, including: news editor, copy editor, reporter, photographer, entertainment and music critic, obituary writer, copy clerk, disc jockey and news director.
A journalist with a diverse media background, since 1973, Ross has worked at print and broadcast news organizations, including the VI Carnival Magazine on the island of St. Thomas; stringer and photographer for the Catholic News Service, Washington, D.C.; MU Black Studies Program African Americanist Magazine; Kansas City CALL, Times and Star, KPRS FM 103.3 and KJLU FM 89 in Missouri; The Beacon Journal, Akron OH; East Side Daily News, Cleveland; and Media General's The Tribune, and Radio WBVM FM; Gov. Francois Banga, Haut-Ogooue Province press corps, Franceville, Gabon, Central Africa; Iowa State University new bureau, Ames; and Cleveland State University Alumni Magazine. Additionally she has served since 2004 an advisor and media faculty of the International Centre for the Advancement of Journalism, Accra, Ghana.
She was an assistant professor of mass communication at Central Missouri State University, Warrensburg, 1993-94. At CMSU, she taught copy editing and photography and was faculty supervisor of The Muleskinner campus newspaper. Also at CMSU she designed and taught a 4000-level special topics course, "Three Faces of Africa International Affairs Writing and Culture Study Tour," for students and media professionals, in Egypt, Ghana and Togo.
The tour was directed by Ross in conjunction with the Hon. Minister A. Akbar Muhammad and the Nation of Islam Doctor's Mission to Ghana, including health care at the Liberian Refugee Camp at Buduburam.
She has also worked on the faculty or professional staff at the Caribbean School of Catholic Communications/University of Dayton-Ohio held in Trinidad, West Indies (2001-2002); Cleveland State University (1989-91); University of Missouri-Kansas City (1994-1996); Iowa State University (1985-1988); and the University of Kansas-Lawrence (1980-82) and University of Kansas Medical Center (1982-83).
In her free time, Sandy enjoys African cooking and travel, playing bid whist, collecting African fetish frogs, gardening, and exhibiting her artwork (photography, found object collages and installations).
However, doting on her grandchildren, Erica Brianne (1995) and Jackson Casey (1998), gives her the most joy.
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