Employment Engagement Director

A proud Iowa native, Sheri was raised in Williamsburg and currently resides in Osage. She earned a BA in Elementary Education from the University of Iowa and most recently served as the Economic Development Director for Mitchell County—where she was working to increase access to quality affordable childcare.

Sheri is a former stay-at-home mother of three children and has been a childcare provider in the past, offering firsthand knowledge of all perspectives.

Sheri is known in her networks as a collaborator, connector and visionary who does not shy away from a challenge. As IWF’s Employment Engagement Director, she enjoys working with businesses of all sizes to find childcare solutions that benefit everyone and strengthen the community.

Sheri serves as president-elect of the Osage Rotary. She is a member of PDI and attended the Heartland Economic Development Course. She also teaches fitness classes in her community.

As Iowa’s only state-wide organization focused primarily on shattering women’s barriers to economic self-sufficiency, IWF has worked with communities and businesses across the state to identify and implement localized solutions for major challenges, like the childcare crisis. Hear firsthand how IWF has used data and solutions-focused collaboration to make a difference for women and girls and how this approach can benefit your space, too.

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