Sherry is a native of the state of Louisiana, home of the New Orleans Saints and the Who Dat Nation. She moved to Alaska in 1974, a few months after graduating high school. Shortly after arriving in Anchorage, she enrolled in business school. After graduating, Sherry landed her first Alaska job as a receptionist at the Anchorage School District. Her career in Finance began about a year later, which spanned for over 36 years. Employers include Anchorage School District, University of Alaska Anchorage, Juneau School District, SOA Dept of Administration and almost 20 years as Accounts Payable Manager with the City & Borough of Juneau. Sherry retired from the City & Borough of Juneau in July 2015. Sherry joined SEARHC as Executive Office Manager in August, 2015. Sherry plans, coordinates, oversees and ensures the daily, smooth functions of the executive office. Sherry trains and develops administrative staff, manages the Support Staff, which includes Staff Travel, Mail Room, Supply Room and the executive office reception desk. Along with these roles, Sherry previously supported the SEARHC CFO as executive assistant for two years.
Sherry loves community and is very active in the capital city. Community roles includes president of Black Awareness Association, co-chair to First Lady Donna Walker to Bridge Builders of Juneau, a previous Big Sister and served on the Local Leadership Council with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Healing Hand Foundation Board Member and an on call religious counselor at Lemon Creek Correctional Center. Sherry is a public speaker and vocalist, who is frequently invited to perform at local, state and federal events. Sherry has performed for five administrations at the annual Governor’s Mansion Christmas Open House. Sherry was nominated and selected as the recipient of the 2018 Mayor’s Award for the Arts for Achievement in the Arts. She loves to cook, especially her native Louisiana dishes which includes gumbo, jambalaya and ettoufee’. She is a proud mother to Christina, Michael and Kelli and a gushing Grammy to sweet Ahmir, 14 and precious Makaylah, 4 years.
Aan Yátx'u Sáani: Noble People of the Land
Benjamin Danny Coronell was born in Juneau Alaska. He is Tlingit Yanyeidí Eagle Wolf and Filipino, of the Yanviedi eagle/wolf clan from the Taku River area near Juneau, Alaska. He belongs to hit tlein (Big) House from the Taku River, the grandson of the Auk Wan. Benjamin is Grandson to Willie Peters, and Gertrude Young. His father and mother are Sam and Dorothy Coronell. His parents, Dorothy and Sam, raised seven children in a home Sam, his father, built in the Juneau Indian Village.
Ben served as a police officer with the Juneau Police Department from March 12, 1979 until his retirement on December 1, 2003. After that, he served with the US Marshals as Court Security Officer for seven and a half years, and left as a Supervisor. His ancestor Chief Kowee was the first Alaska Native officer in 1880 in Juneau. Ben and his family are direct descendants of Chief Kowee.
Ben is following the footsteps of Chief Kowee, living a life dedicated to helping others. He had the honor of wearing Chief Kowee’s badge as he received an Alaska Federation of Natives public service award.
Ben has served on the Goldbelt Board since 2006 and the Juneau Tlingit and Haida Community Council since 2014. He previously served on the United Way Board. This cumulative experience has enabled him to help effect lasting and positive changes in our community. The Juneau 4th of July committee has selected Ben to be one of two Grand Marshals for the 2021 parade. In the early 80s Benjamin's mother Dorothy Coronell was a Grand Marshal; in her honor he has accepted this recognition with hopes to inspire the future generations to take pride in themselves and work towards a better quality of life for those around them.