Ms. Dickerson retired after nearly thirty years with the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel all of which as a member of the Office of Counsel, Military Sealift Command. At the time of her retirement in 2015, she served as Counsel, Military Sealift Command Norfolk, Norfolk, Virginia. She was responsible for civilian attorneys and professional support staff, providing supervision and guidance in all areas of the law practice. She also served as an advisor to senior Flag Officers, Senior Executive Service, program managers and management officials on a full range of legal areas that supported ships and civil service mariners. Her contributions and leadership were recognized by two Navy Meritorious Civilian Service Awards, 2008 and 2014. Prior to her employment with the Department of the Navy, she was a Social Worker in Chicago and Newark, focusing on women's health issues and addiction.
Sandra has been a resident of South Orange since 1992. She has a B.S. from Southern University, Baton Rouge, holds a M.A. from the University of Chicago, School of Social Service Administration, and a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, Newark.
After retirement, Sandra focused on volunteer work as an opportunity for a new beginning. She volunteers at Saint Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston. She was the 2017-2018 South Orange Performing Arts Center Volunteer of the Year. Because of her passion for reading and her love of books, she became a member of the Friends of the South Orange Public Library in 2018. She joined the South Orange Senior Advisory Council in 2020.
Sandra is a member of the Fountain Baptist Church, Summit New Jersey and is active in several ministries. She is one of the coordinators of the Fountain of Hope: Creating Community Connections storytelling project launched in the fall of 2018. It is a collaboration with Fountain and Summit's Congregation Beth Hatikvah. The purpose of the project is to create connections, strengthen existing bonds and celebrate our differences as well as our commonalities through the practice of sharing true stories.
Sandra enjoys travel, reading, walking, and gardening.