Ray "Skip" Sandman was born in Toledo, Ohio in 1953, and grew up on the Fond du Lac Reservation in the town of Brookston, MN. After graduating Albrook High School, Skip enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he served 2 tours of duty in Vietnam. After his honorable discharge, he then worked at North East Regional Correction for 25 years where he retired as a Corrections Officer. He then began another career serving the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe for 12 years before his latest assignment took him back to Fond du Lac where he is a spiritual adviser and traditional healer at Mash Ka Wizen Treatment Center. Skip has been married to the lovely Babette Sandman for 26 years, and they enjoy spending time with their children and grandchildren. The Sandman’s have also helped children and families by serving as Foster Parents for decades and generously share their wisdom and experience with foster and other families striving to make life better for all our children and increasing access to traditional community support systems.