Dr. Jacqueline Sherris, vice president of Global Programs at PATH, has received the 2010 Dr. Blanche S. Lavizzo Spirit of Caring Award for her work with Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic (OBCC) in Seattle. Sherris has been a supporter of OBCC for the past 20 years. She created the clinic’s Ryan’s Fund in memory of her son, Ryan Lau, and has been a strong advocate of equality in health care for children around the world.
The award is named for Washington’s first female African American physician, who served as OBCC’s medical director from the clinic’s opening in 1970 until her death in 1984. Presented at the clinic’s 40th anniversary celebration on May 27, the award recognizes organizations or individuals who provide extraordinary leadership, volunteer time, and financial gifts to the clinic.
OBCC is located in Seattle’s Central District and offers comprehensive pediatric medical, dental, and mental health services to families regardless of their ability to pay. The clinic is a division of Seattle Children’s Hospital.
Sherris joined PATH in 1987. She oversees the organization’s global programs and facilitates articulation of program strategies; fosters program collaboration and synergy; models management and performance leadership; and ensures effective program planning, evaluation, and impact assessment across the organization. As a member of the executive leadership team, she represents PATH domestically and internationally.