About Sandy Saltz

Sandy Saltz

When asked to tell a little about my background, I like to begin by identifying myself first and foremost as the mother of four fabulous kids and the grandmother of four little amazing boys who are the newest loves of my life.

Interest in my family and extended family goes back as far as I can remember.  Several of my mother’s cousins kept the family connected with Cousin’s Club letters several times a year.  These letters were hand typed and contained family logistics, milestones, birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitvahs, weddings and anniversaries, as well as the sad news of illness and loss.  During my early years of reading the letters, I was amazed at the number of people I was connected with even though I had never met many of them.

My thirst for the knowledge of connection with my relatives and ancestors has culminated in my current project.  My soon-to-be published book is their story, and mine.  It is the story of three generations (and more) of Saltz women.  This beautiful and heartbreaking account encompasses the choices they made, the choices that were not theirs and how their family, their strength and resilience kept them going.

Earlier Background

My career began in the early 70’s as a young, stay-at-home mom, which was a blessing.  During those years, I occasionally took courses at the local community college.  There was always an underlying thirst for a degree, but I just didn’t know what that degree would be.  Looking back, I am thankful that I took those courses and began building a foundation. When my marriage of 17 years ended, I found myself raising four teenagers as a single mom. I could not have done it without the support of my family and many friends who I now consider family.  I worked as temp for a few months before landing a job as a secretary in the federal government.

When my children began to move on with their lives, I became serious about realizing my dream to have a college degree. Being someone who has to analyze everything, I became a psychology major.  In 2008, I completed my BS in Psychology with a minor in Women’s Studies.  I moved up quickly in my government job, which was my goal all along.  Although those 15 years at home was where I wanted to be, I still felt the need to catch up with my contemporaries who had gone to college and entered the workforce. I am currently a Project Manager with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in White Oak, Maryland.

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