She was on the front lines in Palo Alto, Calif., when our severely injured troops started coming back from Iraq and Afghanistan and saw first-hand the impact of war and the difference it made on veterans, their families and VA staff. She was one of the first people in VA and DoD to get the horrifying story out through the media about Military Sexual Trauma in the early 2000.
A Vietnam-era Navy veteran, she has been serving veterans in some capacity her entire career. Prior to coming to Fisher House Foundation, Kerri spent 12 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, including serving as the Director, Health Systems Communications, overseeing VA’s national communications initiatives to a wide variety of audiences. Kerri advocated for, and communicated about, women veterans’ health issues and negotiated with top officials in other federal and state agencies; the medical community (private hospitals, medical schools and programs), Veteran Service Organizations, members of Congress, representatives of the news media, business leaders, and the general public to ensure women veterans got the care they deserved.
While working at Arlington National Cemetery, Kerri was the first woman to be awarded an honorary Tomb Guard Identification Badge, #302. During the Clinton Administration she worked with the White House to set up a program with the Armed Forces Retirement Home to help process presidential mail. She worked with the Hillary Clinton and her staff on a book about Socks and Buddy—proceeds going to the ASPCA.
Kerri graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland and holds a masters’ degree in public relations is from American University.