School administrator Sherrie E. Brown of Streetsboro is a new member of the Mental Health & Recovery Board of Portage County. She was appointed to a four-year term by the Ohio Department of Mental Health.
Brown is the assistant principal at Bedford High School. She succeeds Virginia Golden, also of Streetsboro, who served for four years.
Brown said her love of working with young people influenced her decision to join the MHRB.
“I have learned that it is not only important for educators to know and understand the mental health of the young person so they can teach that student, but to also know how this information will help the student become a productive adult in our society,” she said.
She believes that having an educator on the board will provide the organization insight into how services can help students and schools. In becoming acquainted with other board members, she has been impressed that the communities of Portage County are represented by “people who care.”
She said joining the Mental Health & Recovery Board also is personal. She sees value in volunteering for an organization that works to support prevention the way her elderly father works daily reading, completing puzzles and exercising to prevent the Alzheimer’s Disease he has seen in his siblings.
“Through him I see the importance of programs that not only serve those with mental health issues but also the importance of the board supporting plans that try to prevent or reduce mental illness,” she explained.
Brown has been a Portage County resident for 11 years. She is married to James H. Brown, a retired middle and high school teacher. They have two adult children: James IV and Alesha Edwards.