An Interview With Sherry Beamer
SEEC's New Community Employment Network Director
SEEC welcomed our new CEN Director in early September to lead the recently expanded department. Ms. Beamer comes to us with over 30 years experience working to support people with disabilities to lead quality, empowered lives in a variety of direct service, case management and leadership positions throughout the country. Some of the organizations Ms. Beamer worked for include the California Regional Centers, Relias Learning, and Easterseals, along with her consulting company for sixteen years. Ms. Beamer was also a leader in the California APSE (Association of People Supporting EmploymentFirst) chapter for over a decade. She holds a Masters Degree in Social Work Administration from the University of Illinois Chicago.
We asked Ms. Beamer a few questions to help us get to know her as a new member of the SEEC family. Make sure you stop by and say hello!
Question: Could you provide a few sentences on your personal background?
I am returning to the other side of the country after living in California for 30 years and before that relocating from Ohio and Chicago. My 24 year old son is soon returning to the U.S. from England after receiving his Masters in Psychology and playing volleyball internationally. I love the arts, nature and travel. I once climbed Half Dome at Yosemite National Park and was a synchronized swimmer.
Question: What are you most excited about when starting at SEEC?
I am excited to join a solid team constantly improving supports for people with disabilities to work, belong, and thrive.
Question: What has been your most favorite place to visit and why?
China. I traveled there in 1993 on a choral singing tour. The smells, sights and lifestyle were very different and intriguing.
Question: What is the best gift you have ever received?
Anything from my son which always includes a heartfelt, well written card of appreciation! Some of the highlights from elementary school are a Chia pet he was very serious about selecting and giving, and a book "We're Very Good Friends, My Mother and I."
Question: What motivates you to work hard?
People we support and their families depending on me and my co-workers to provide good assistance to meet their life goals.
Please join us in welcoming Sherry to the team!