Sandra Rozier, Vice-Chair
She never would have thought that fulfilling her daughter’s request to spend their summer vacation in 2018, helping the residents of Flint, Michigan recover from being exposed to contaminated drinking water, would come full circle to public service closer to home as a Member of the Henry County Water Authority Board.
But that’s how inspiring Sandra Rozier’s daughter Mary is, as her parents watched her purchase, pack, and personally deliver bottles of drinking water to the residents of Flint, in addition to later being honored at the Henry County Science and Engineering Fairs for her projects on Chemical Analysis of Purified Water.
“I drew my inspiration to serve on the Henry County Water Authority Board from my daughter,” says Mrs. Rozier. Now three years after the Roziers put daughter Mary’s idea into action, Mrs. Rozier is the first African American and female to serve as Vice Chair of the Authority Board. She represents the citizens in Henry County’s District IV, following her appointment by Commissioner Vivian Thomas.
“I am humbled and honored to serve as a Board Member for the Henry County Water Authority, and I look forward to diligently supporting practices that provide and protect our precious water resources,” says Mrs. Rozier. “I will govern to drive environmental, innovative, social and economic change that will result in the HCWA providing quality water and sewer services, as well as superior customer service, for our more than 60,000 customers. The ultimate goal is to serve with fellow Board Members and staff to ensure sustainable growth, while achieving the highest possible (AAA) bond rating.”
Additional issues of interest to Mrs. Rozier include a desire to promote education and awareness about careers in the water profession, especially through student internships at HCWA. In addition, she is passionate about advancing opportunities for small minority-owned, women- and veteran-owned businesses to participate in the procurement of contracts to provide goods and professional services to the HCWA.
“I’m committed to fostering supplier diversity, equity, and business development,” she says. “To whom much is given, much is required. I delight in using my gifts and talents to serve this public utility and advance our community.”
Professionally, Mrs. Rozier is an entrepreneur and CEO of TeamHOPE, LLC, which provides marketing, business development, project management, community engagement and consulting services for clients. She also is a Code Ninja Franchisee, one of 484 Code Ninjas located across the United States, Canada, and the UK, who make coding fun for kids, noting that “coding is a universal language.”
Mrs. Rozier was born and raised outside of Metropolitan Detroit, in Pontiac, Michigan. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan University and her Master of Science Degree from Central Michigan University. Her family has resided in Henry County for 18 years. Husband Randall is a retired Special Agent with the FBI, while daughter Mary is an all-A honor roll student and star athlete – where she made the All-County Swim Team as a Freshman – at Eagle’s Landing High School.
The Roziers are Members of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Stockbridge, and Mrs. Rozier is a Lifetime Member and Education Chair of the Henry County NAACP and a Lifetime Member of the National Association of Black MBA’s. She is a Member of Jack and Jill of America’s Lake Spivey Chapter and a Member of the Eagle’s Landing Country Club Women’s Golf Association. She also is a Parent Volunteer and Fundraising Coordinator at Eagle’s Landing High School.
“I hope to bring my business and economic development, community engagement, and project management experiences to this Authority to assist with the development of a comprehensive CIP that will position the HCWA to have more efficient practices and streamline processes for enhancing water distribution and sewer collection throughout Henry County and beyond,” says Mrs. Rozier.
“Without a safe, clean natural resource like water, or efficient sewer collection and treatment methods, our community’s positive economic development will be limited,” she adds. “Natural resources should never be taken for granted. They should be protected and made available to improve the quality of life for all.”