GameChangers_BusinessIssue Volume 5 Issue 25 - Page 24



Pictured : Sandra Rozier , swearing in

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 awareness about careers in the water profession , especially through student internships at HCWA . In addition , she is passionate about advancing opportunities for small minorityowned , 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 .”