Our Staff

Sandy Schmiedeknecht, MA, CLC, CPC, CAC
Director of Life Coaching Services

Sandy Schmiedeknecht brings a depth to Q & A Associates that is not only grounded in professional expertise, but in her amazing life experiences. Sandy heads up the life skills curriculum for the Q&A programs. Sandy has harnessed her sense of care for others into focus for serving young people and families who are experiencing challenges with transitions. After a full career in nursing, she was instrumental in the development of a therapeutic program and then serving as their Admission, Marketing and Alumni Service Director. After a lengthy service, she designed, developed and implemented several unique aftercare services for therapeutic programs. Sandy has been active in creating alumni services promoting connections for graduates and fundraising for those who are in need of financial support for aftercare. She extends beyond her professional contributions through her volunteerism as demonstrated by Sandy’s leadership and fundraising efforts in her local community and for national organizations. A graduate of Liberty with Masters in Human Services, Marriage and Family Counseling she also holds certifications in Life Coaching, Professional Coaching, Addiction Recovery Coaching and Christian Life Coaching. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Christian Counseling and Ed.D. in Community Care & Counseling.

Marci Jones, CLC, CPC

Life Coach

Marci grew up in Georgia and has lived in Idaho and now in West Virginia. While working at Eckerd Academy of the Blue Ridge, she discovered that serving young people and their families was what she had been called to do.  In 2012, Marci joined the Q & A family as a mentor for Applewood Transitions, living at the Applewood Inn and Breakfast Nook as a “House Mom.”  In 2014 she became a Certified Life Coach and began working with clients in a different capacity, teaching Life Skills and working as the clients’ advocate to help them transition into independence.  Marci recently began working with at-risk youth in our local school system. The SPARK program provides coping skills and tools for students with issues at home and in their personal lives. She is completing a degree in Psychology and plans to pursue a Master’s degree in Human Behavior.

Marci is creative and crafty.  She has a business selling handmade jewelry online and at craft shows.  Her entrepreneurial spirit has been useful in helping our young men and women learn how to make their passions profitable.

Marci has made her home in West Virginia and shares the offerings of this magical, stunning land with the clients of Q&A family of programs.  She also uses her own life experiences to support our clients in their own life journeys.