Sandy Fretwell Hollinger was elected to the Tribal Council on June 4, 2011. Mrs. Hollinger has been employed by the Tribe for several years, prior to this position. She was employed as the Community Services Specialist in the Family Services Department (FSD). There she assisted families in crisis situations; helped tribal members who were working or attending school obtain childcare assistance, and planned departmental activities for our tribal children. Sandy saw the needs of Tribal Members and realized that many were struggling and unable to obtain help with their needs. Ultimately, through her work in the FSD and the love for her people, she followed her heart to serve her fellow Tribal Members. Her desire to be a positive voice for the Tribe inspired her decision to run for Tribal Council. Sandy considers it an honor and a privilege to serve on the Tribal Council and truly desires to see everyone prosper.
Since beginning her service as a Tribal Council Member, Sandy is currently serving on the Cultural Authority, Education and Labor and the Housing and Community Activities Legislative Committees. Ms. Hollinger has served on the TERO Commission, The Boys and Girls Club, and Legislative Affairs Committee. While the Tribe already operates a variety of economic enterprises, which employ many tribal members as well as hundreds of area residents, she is excited about being a part of new developments the Tribal Council is now actively planning. With the Tribe’s sustained growth, Sandy recognizes every day the work of her forefathers, and their hard work along the road to Federal recognition. She wants to thank the many who came before her who have helped make the Tribe what it is today. Sandy realizes she is only one vote, but wants her vote to count for the Tribe as a whole and to benefit all Tribal Members.
Sandy Fretwell Hollinger is married to Darrell Hollinger and has three beautiful children Austin, Denver, and Anna Grace. She is the daughter of Ruth McGhee Bailey, the late William Fretwell, and the step daughter of the late Jerry Bailey. Her grandparents were the late Gracie Mae Spence, Greely and Alberta McGhee, and Will and Lavada Fretwell. She is the daughter-in-law of Alex (Buster) and Yvonne Hollinger, the late Patricia Woods Hollinger. She grew up in the Poarch community and now lives in Monroe County, Alabama.