Sandra Moss was born on January 14, 1974, in Knoxville, Tennessee. Growing up, Sandra was very close to her family, including her brother, Mark, who now lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Sandra's father, Milo Moss, was a dentist, and he took a young Sandra to work with him many times. She would play in the office while he worked. Dr. Moss's receptionist taught Sandra how to work with the patient's files and Sandra, in turn, would teach the receptionist what she had learned at school. This play at teaching was instrumental in Sandra's deciding what career she would pursue later in life.
Sandra attended public schools in Knoxville and obtained her undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee before marrying her husband, David Sanders, in 1998. After spending their honeymoon in Paris, the couple moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where Sandra worked as a teacher and David practiced law.
Sandra is now employed at the University of Mississippi as a senior project manager for the Division of Outreach and Continuing Education. As well as teaching and coordinating curricula, Sandra organizes the annual Barksdale Literature Conference.
At the Barksdale Literature Conference, held in the Yocona Room at the Yoknapatawpha County Conference Center in Oxford this year, Sandra's special events assistant, Diane Coates, collapsed and was rushed to the hospital.
Sandra had complained often to David about Diane Coates. She told him that Diane wanted Sandra's job, but that Diane wasn't even qualified for it and was totally incompetent. Sandra claimed that Diane was constantly complaining about the way Sandra organized events.