Sheryl and her husband moved to Falcon Wood Village, a Eugene Park, in 2009, while they were still working. Sheryl had worked for non-profit organizations during her Social Work career which spanned 20 years.
Upon Sheryl’s arrival in Eugene in 2008, she began working with Lane County as a Licensor for Homes/Providers serving Adults with Developmental Disabilities. She experienced the challenges of interpreting the Oregon Revised Statutes. When she retired she became involved in her park and worked with the Park Association Board and park residents. She observed that the Manufactured Housing Rules that govern Parks in Oregon are oftentimes too complex for residents to understand, which hinders resident self-advocacy. This led Sheryl to volunteer for the OSTA Board of Directors and to walk alongside others to better understand the rules that govern parks and the Manufactured Housing Industry in Oregon.
After 13 years of living in Montana, Sheryl moved to Oregon to be closer to her sons and their families. Family means a lot to her. She enjoys gardening, reading, sewing, and walking. She walked 5 consecutive Eugene half-marathons(13.1mi) until 2016. As an Area Director, Sheryl is challenged and enjoys her interactions with park residents that have common beliefs that seniors deserve support and advocacy about the issues they experience with aging in their homes within parks.