Sandy Wiegand, M.A.
Sandy Wiegand is a copyeditor and writer who works to ensure that all JVA documents and communications are clearly written, consistent, accurate and engaging. Sandy’s primary responsibility is to copyedit all grant proposals, evaluation reports and other printed and online text for JVA. She has also written numerous reports summarizing clients’ strategic planning retreats, conducted stakeholder interviews, performed research, and worked to enhance and streamline JVA’s website content, and she frequently writes blogs for JVA. She also compiles JVA’s 411 newsletter and handles its social media accounts.
Sandy has over 20 years of experience editing documents ranging from marketing materials, to medical and military planning reports, to newspaper articles of all genres. Her previous experience includes 15 years in the deadline-driven environment of daily newspapers. She has held the roles of news editor, assistant news editor and wire editor. After leaving the Colorado Springs Gazette in 2011, Sandy spent two years as a freelancer writing and editing medical reports for submission to federal agencies including the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Before joining JVA, Sandy was a technical/quality control editor at a planning company.
- Mesa County Partnership for Children and Families (PCF) website update: Sandy was part of a JVA team that updated content for PCF’s website to make it more complete and user-friendly.
- Key informant interviews: Sandy has conducted interviews with stakeholders to inform several of JVA’s evaluation efforts.
- 2Gen Conference report: Sandy co-authored a report for the Colorado Governor’s Office summarizing key takeaways and ideas for action emerging from the 2017 Colorado 2Gen Statewide Conference. The report serves as a reference in the state’s continued implementation of two-generation approaches to addressing poverty.
Sandy has a bachelor’s degree in American studies from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.
Sandy lives in Colorado Springs and volunteers with the water-testing and media teams of the Fountain Creek Water Sentinels, a Sierra Club group that works to monitor and protect the Fountain Creek watershed.
Sandy’s modest Colorado Springs yard has “bear doors” in the fence (repeatedly created by said bears), through which have also passed many a deer and at least one bobcat.