Our Leadership Team
Sherri White, MSPOD, SSGBC
President & CEO
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Sherri White's inspiring journey as a healthcare leader is deeply enriched by her personal battle with breast cancer, an experience that has profoundly shaped her role as CEO and President of My Sister's Keeper. Her resilience and firsthand understanding of the patient experience fuel her dedication to transforming healthcare and supporting women facing similar challenges.
With a Master’s in Positive Organizational Development and Change from Case Western Reserve University, Sherri's academic background enhances her strategic leadership and decision-making skills, crucial for her role at My Sister's Keeper. Her tenure at the Cleveland Clinic and Case Western Reserve University, where she spearheaded initiatives to improve organizational effectiveness and patient care, laid a strong foundation for her current leadership.
In founding My Sister's Keeper, Sherri channeled her personal cancer journey into a powerful force for good, creating a network that offers care, resources, and empowerment to women battling cancer. Her battle has not only given her unique insights into the needs of cancer patients but also drives her commitment to improving healthcare outcomes.
Sherri's professional credentials, including Sigma Green Belt and Project Management - Lean Process certification, coupled with her Emotionally Intelligent Leader Coaching certificate, equip her with the skills necessary to lead and inspire her team and the community she serves. Her personal experience with cancer, combined with her professional expertise, makes her an exemplary leader and a beacon of hope and strength in the healthcare community, especially for those connected to My Sister's Keeper.
Chief Financial Officer / Board Treasurer
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Tracey Dent – Evans is the Chief Financial Officer & Board Treasurer of My Sister’s Keeper Cleveland. With over 25 years of experience in public, non-profit accounting, and finance. Tracey manages the financial aspects of the organization including overseeing cash flow planning, tracking operational metrics, and ensuring financial stability. She has in-depth knowledge of financial operations, auditing, grant management and forecasting. Tracey’s service and passion for My Sister’s Keeper is rooted in a desire to help her community throughout the journey after a cancer diagnosis.
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J’nay Blackwell, the Creative Director of My Sister's Keeper, brings a unique blend of creative talent and empathetic leadership to the organization. Her artistic skills, showcased in events like "Pretty in Pink," resonate deeply with the community, offering both comfort and celebration to women impacted by cancer. J’nay's background in psychology and sociology from Cleveland State University informs her approach, enabling her to craft programs that address the holistic needs of participants. Her ability to create emotionally impactful experiences is not just about aesthetics but about fostering a supportive and understanding environment.
In addition to her creative role, J’nay's experience as a National Account Manager and Chair of the Diversity Equity & Inclusion Council at MetLife Legal Plans has honed her skills in leadership and strategic planning. This experience is invaluable in guiding My Sister's Keeper's mission, where she fosters collaboration, inclusivity, and empowerment. Her personal advocacy work, especially in raising awareness for autism spectrum disorder and supporting people of color, gender, and education, reflects her deep commitment to community and inclusivity. J’nay's multifaceted expertise and personal dedication make her an indispensable asset to My Sister's Keeper, driving the organization's impact and outreach
Lavada Tillie, CNM, CNP
Director, Health & Wellness
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LaVada Tillie, a Dual Certified Family Nurse Practitioner and Certified Nurse Midwife, stands out for her remarkable contributions to My Sister's Keeper in Cleveland, particularly in developing and leading initiatives that have a profound impact on cancer awareness and support. Her co-creation of the Reviving Prayer Circle is a testament to her commitment to integrating holistic support with healthcare. This project emphasizes the importance of spiritual and emotional well-being, providing a platform for women affected by cancer to find solace, strength, and community support.
In her leadership role in the Sister's Circle Educational Forum, LaVada harnesses her extensive knowledge and experience in nursing and midwifery. Through this forum, she educates and empowers women, focusing on topics crucial to their health and well-being. Her efforts in this domain are instrumental in raising awareness about cancer, its treatment options, and the importance of regular screening, thereby enhancing the community's understanding and engagement in health practices.
LaVada's work extends beyond the confines of My Sister's Keeper through her strategic partnerships with other organizations. These collaborations are pivotal in improving access to cancer treatment and screening, not just locally in Cleveland, but across different states. Her ability to bridge gaps between various healthcare entities and community groups underlines her exceptional skill in networking and alliance-building.
This comprehensive approach to health and wellness, combining education, community support, and strategic partnerships, highlights LaVada's invaluable role in My Sister's Keeper. Her efforts are not just focused on immediate healthcare needs but also on the broader aspects of support and empowerment, crucial for women navigating the challenges of cancer. Her work with My Sister's Keeper exemplifies her dedication to enhancing the quality of healthcare delivery and her unwavering commitment to community service.