Current Advisory Board Members
Nancy Schultz retired from the University of Missouri after 26 years of service. The last 16 years she served as the Sr. Director of Advancement for the College of Human Environmental Sciences. She continues to work part-time for the Dean of the College. She has served on the Family Impact Center Board for the past four years because she believes in the mission of the Center, to provide life-long education to improve the quality of life of individuals in the Columbia Community. It is rewarding to see the difference our programs can make to the children and families we serve.
Nancy is a member of several non-profit organizations that support children, the University, the community and the history of Columbia and Boone County.
Nancy has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri and stays active with the Human Environmental Sciences Alumni Organization and is a member of the MU Retirees Association.
Don Quinn is a self-employed Marketing Director and Strategist who partners with organizations to create effective personal and brand marketing solutions and to develop behavioral economic models that create sustainable growth. Don knows that the foundation for explosive growth and sustained development comes from understanding and connecting with human beings.
Don has worked with multinational companies, mom & pop stores, non-profits and everything in-between. Don is passionate about giving back to the community and working with indigent communities, for women and children’s rights, civil rights, and is a fierce advocate for the environment.
Don has a Bachelors degree from Washington State University. He is currently working on a Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri and a Masters degree with a focus on social justice.
Over my career, it was the humbling but remarkable experiences of witnessing the authentic connections of youth, families and communities to the transforming resources of the higher education. For over a decade, I learned so much from the people living and working in communities across the country that engaged in the Children, Youth and Families at Risk Initiative of the United States Department of Agriculture. Local citizens with just a little help and encouragement knew how to mobilize their communities to care for the children, youth and families. My lessons were to listen, to hear and to provide opportunities for them to amplify their voices and make their own connections.
My critics and advocates a like would say that my work and approaches were and are anchored in relevant research. Applied research is messy at best. But it is the uniqueness of the locale that informs the research and researcher ten-fold and makes the knowledge relevant.
I stepped out of a career of youth development of three decades and the role of the 4-H Program Director for MU Extension and September 1, 2017 into retirement filled with opportunity to build my skills in fiber arts, gardening and cycling. A little volunteer work is sprinkled in with MURA, assisting dog therapy teams and UM Hospital and Clinics and the Booneslick Arear Council on Tourism. Now I am honored to be asked to serve on the board of the Family Impact Center.
All the degrees earned have been from MU with the most recent being a Ph.D. in Education with collateral fields in Education Psychology and Human Development. Research interests include child outcomes to quality after-school programming. My major career contributions have been in after-school programming for Missouri and nationally. The awards and accolades pale in comparison to the privilege and opportunity to see the magic of connecting children, youth and families to higher educational resources.
Sandi Miller believes a brighter future is dependent on children having everything they need today to lead tomorrow. She has dedicated her career to preventing childhood trauma. Sandi believes parents have the desire to provide love, security, and opportunities for their children. She believes an organized, loving community can support parents’ desire to provide all the most important building blocks so that children reach their potential and in turn help future generations. Sandi knows that changing a child’s life changes the world.
As a child and family therapist, Sandi noted common threads in children who had suffered trauma. She realized that the children who suffered trauma within the first three years of life were often the ones who suffered repeated trauma throughout their lives. And, they were more negatively impacted by trauma than children who had somewhat protected infancies and toddler years. She realized that children she saw who were recovering from trauma suffered later in childhood or adolescence fared well if they had not had previous significant traumas. And most children showed significant resilience if they had a strong attachment to a parent or caregiver during their early years. As much as Sandi enjoyed working directly with children, she realized the best way to support them was to support their parents with community programs and resources. She became as passionate about mobilizing community support for parents as she had been about treating children in therapy.
Prevention of child abuse and other childhood trauma is hard work. And knowing the research and the intimate details of childhood trauma can be dark and anxiety-producing. That combined with limited resources can lead to burn out and compassion fatigue. Sandi has committed herself to providing an environment for those she supervises that allows reflective supervision, emotional support, caseload size limits, and encourages self-care. She believes work benefits from a healthy sense of humor. Sandi focuses on what strengths team members bring to the table, be it supervisees, coalition members, or management team members. This positive approach has helped Sandi be an effective leader and team member throughout her career.
Sandi currently serves as Social Services Supervisor for Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services where she is the program manager and clinical supervisor for Healthy Families, a prenatal and early childhood home visiting program accredited through Healthy Families America and supervisor of the social services pregnancy support clinic. She has her Masters in Social Work and a license in clinical social work which she has maintained since 1998.