Chief Education Officer / CO-Founder
For over 17 years Sheryl has been a Community Educator for Leaders in Dementia Care and on the Speaker's Bureau for the Alzheimer's Association advocating for better care and quality of life for families coping with Alzheimer’s/Dementia. As the daughter of a Mother who lived with Alzheimer’s, she has a passion and mission for educating health professionals and families on positive ways to live and work with this disease.
Sheryl’s education includes a B.S. in Health Education, Advanced Professional Gerontology Certification from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs and Alzheimer's Certification from the Alzheimer's Association. Sheryl is a Certified Independent PAC Trainer and Coach for Teepa Snow's Positive Approach to Brain Change ™.
In 2010 and 2012 Sheryl was a presenter at the Colorado Alzheimer's Association Annual Symposium, speaking on Communicating from the Heart; and again in 2016 speaking on Pieces of the Puzzle - A Positive Approach to Brain Change ™. In 2020 and 2021 she presented at CAPA – Colorado Activities Professionals’ Association.
Sheryl has worked in Assisted Living and Alzheimer’s Care Communities as a Memory Care Director and Community/Family Relations Director, and in Hospice community relations. Best Practices in Dementia Care is a monthly forum for professionals that she facilitates. She is active in the Dementia Friendly AmericaÔ Colorado Springs initiative.
In addition to her professional work experience, Sheryl was honored twice as Volunteer of The Year with the Alzheimer’s Association, and received the 2021 Senior Accolades Professional Award from the Senior Resource Council.
Sheryl is a Certified Holistic Health Coach (HHC) and Certified Aroma Touch Practitioner, specializing in aromatherapy with essential oils. She has studied with nationally recognized physicians using essential oils in their evidence-based research and practices, combining the power of science and natural wellness.
Sheryl brings real-world experience to her teaching and believes learning should be fun and engages her students in memorable and meaningful ways.
CEO / CO-Founder
As the passionate Founder and CEO of Gentle Shepherd Home Care, LLC a Home Care (non-medical) business which serves seniors and the chronically ill in Colorado Springs and surrounding areas. I founded Gentle Shepherd Home Care in 2016 because I am “that family” with elderly parents and in-laws. Like many families, my search to find qualified, compassionate and qualified caregivers for my loved ones proved to be a huge challenge. I feel a love, passion and dedication for Seniors and their families and have a strong desire to help them find qualified and loving care for their elderly or chronically ill family members. Based on my 32- year experience as an Executive leader within the Staffing Industry I was confident I could provide compassionate, passionate and highly qualified caregivers to assist families just like mine with care for their loved ones. In 2016, I made the heartfelt and strategic decision to fulfill my “purpose” and opened Gentle Shepherd Home Care. I have been extremely blessed as I absolutely love what I am doing.
Throughout my career, I have served in many leadership roles and been an innovative organizational leader with expertise in transforming and building results driven teams. I began my career as a graduate of Southern Methodist University with a degree in Accounting/Finance. After earning my degree, I worked in the Banking/Mortgage Industry as CPA for the first twelve years of my career. From there I moved to Sales and Marketing within the staffing industry and finished my corporate career as a Vice President with Adecco, a Global Fortune 500 Staffing company. My long tenure in “Corporate America” included but was not limited to the following; enterprise-level new business development, corporate training, operations, recruiting, strategic planning, compliance, financial, budgetary responsibilities and management within the Western U.S. Additionally, my expertise includes relationship building, value-based sales, change management and out-of-the-box problem solving skills which were an asset to the clients and organizations I served.