Sandra Pierce

2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient


Sandra Pierce joined the Friends of McHenry County College Foundation Board of Directors in 2000, but she was no stranger to the college.  She was in the third graduating class at MCC, having achieved a certificate in 1973.  With two small children, she worked two jobs while taking night classes. She graduated with an AAS degree in 1980 and received her B.S. from Southern Illinois University in Industrial Technology. 

“Had MCC, with its flexibility and affordability, not been available to me, I know my life would be very different,” she said. 

In 1996, Sandy bought the assets of a company that failed to recover from the effects of a fire, and named it Phoenix because the company "rose from the ashes."  From those ashes Sandra saw opportunity.  When she met with employees, she instantly knew that the company could -- and should -- rise again.  Within days, the operation returned to production in a new location, and it's been full steam ahead ever since.

At Phoenix Woodworking, Sandra takes pride not only in their products, but in the ability to overcome any obstacle that comes their way.  She accepts challenges not only in unique design requirements, but in production time, client relations and simply doing whatever it takes to deliver the right products for every project. 

Throughout her professional career, Sandra has served on many boards and committees throughout McHenry County:  Centegra Health System Foundation Board, Education to Empowerment Charter Member, Family Services and Community Mental Health Board, Friends of MCC Foundation Board, Home State Bank Board of Directors, McHenry County Workforce Investment Board, McHenry County Economic Development Board, Raue Center Board of Directors, WINGs (Women's Interacting Networking Group), Woodstock Economic Development Council, Woodstock Chamber of Commerce and Woodstock Business Professional Women.  Sandra has also received many awards for her business achievements and volunteering efforts:  Business Journal LUCI Award (1998), Woodstock Chamber Commerce "Industry of the Year" (1999), MCC Excellence in Community Service Award (2003) and MCEDC Business Champion (2013).

Sandra is a strong role model for women by making a difference in our community through her generously gift of time, leadership and extensive talents.  She energetically undertakes the servant leader role in all areas of fundraising, strategic planning, donor cultivation, mentoring and board development -- because she truly believes in the McHenry County and McHenry County College.