The State of America’s Direct Support Workforce Crisis 2022
Sasha Sencer serves as ANCOR’s Director of Education and Intersectional Collaboration. Joining the team in 2022, Sasha manages and facilitates ANCOR’s digital, hybrid and in-person educational offerings, including our annual conference, monthly webinar offerings, and partner presentations. Sasha is completing her Master’s in Education in Transformative Teaching at George Mason University and is excited to bring 20 years of progressive educational philosophy and curriculum design to the ANCOR community.
Additionally, Sasha serves as ANCOR’s in-house diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility (DEIA) consultant, ensuring that we meet our internal and external goals. As a neurodivergent, differently-abled, Queer, intersectional feminist who is also a member of a targeted religious and ethnic minority, the work of dismantling systemic oppression is highly personal. Sasha is not a performer. What you see is what you get. She is a strong, intelligent woman who believes that places of employment should be safe places for individuals to be their authentic selves and live their truth. Sasha firmly believes that DEIA work cannot be additive for systemic change to occur. It has to be built into every role, every responsibility, and every decision an organization makes until it becomes the norm – until it becomes the new system.
Before joining ANCOR in 2022, Sasha lived this mission as the first female-identifying Head of the Upper School at Louisville Collegiate. In that role, she led the division’s COVID-19 response, facilitated the removal of systemic barriers to address long-standing diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, and crafted meaningful professional development opportunities to support the growth of young administrators. Most recently, she worked with the president and past president of the board to bring attention to the invisible labor burdens carried by faculty members who identify as BIPOC and Queer.
Earlier in her career, not only was Sasha an awarding-winning history teacher, she was also a highly recognized leader within the world of competitive high school speech and debate, including being the founder and director of the Dogwood Speech and Debate League, an advisor to the Tournament of Champions, and the Congressional Debate Tournament Director at Yale University, George Mason University, and Cal State-Long Beach. As a result of her work, she has been inducted into two halls of fame and granted distinguished service awards from the University of Pennsylvania, the University of Kentucky, and George Mason University.
Sasha earned her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law in 2006. She holds a B.A. in History and International Affairs from Florida State University and an Executive Leadership Certificate from Cornell University. In early 2022, she was certified as a Mental Health First Responder.
If you know Sasha, she never rests. However, when she does take time to recharge, she can be found reading a book, hiking the trails with her husband Mike and her two fur babies – Lilly and Lit’l Bit, driving the backroads in her black pick-up truck – “Ravinia,” or off-the-beaten path exploring the remains of the world’s ancient civilizations. Highly goal-oriented, Sasha is looking to see all fifty states by 50. She has four remaining – Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, and Iowa.