SHERIDAN — Kati Sherwood is entering her third year as chair of the Northern Wyoming Community College District Board of Trustees. She and her husband, Kent, own Sheridan Physical Therapy and Buffalo Physical Therapy where she works as a speech language pathologist.
She is a native of Reno, Nev., but moved to Sheridan in 1995 while looking for a new place to call home.
“We drove through and when we crested the hill between Buffalo and Sheridan, it was so beautiful and I said ‘I hope we can live here!’”
In addition to her volunteer service with the college, Sherwood is on the board of directors for the Sheridan Dog and Cat Shelter, serves on the Holy Name Catholic Church finance council and is a board member with the Wyoming Speech and Hearing Association.
“I think it is important to give back to the community,” she said, about her volunteer service. “We’ve been really fortunate in Sheridan. We’re not natives and people have been so good to us. People should find the things they are passionate about and that they like and then do them. If you find people that are passionate (to volunteer), then you can really get things done.”
One thing folks would be surprised to know about the college is…how many more students are educated each year. We’ve had a 33 percent increase in the number of full-time students in the past five years. And many of those students want to enter our highly employable areas of study — welding, machine tool, diesel, nursing, et al. Assuring we have the facilities and faculty to accommodate these students is something we are really trying to make happen at Sheridan College.
If you visit the college campus, be sure not to miss…the Veteran’s Plaza. Right behind the flags when you enter is a memorial to our veterans. Dedicated in November of 2012, this plaza has the names of family and friends of the college who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces, as well as students who have served our country.
The most exciting thing happening on campus right now is… the construction of the new academic center!
The trait I most admire in others is… humility. I love this quote and I think it embodies people who live with humility. “True merit, like a river, the deeper it is, the less noise it makes,” by Edward F. Halifax.
More people should volunteer in the community because… we live in an amazing community and assuring that the college, the Dog and Cat Shelter — whatever someone is passionate about — continues to thrive and be around for future generations is important and usually fun…sometimes time-intensive, but worth it.
My biggest influence has been… my family and my Catholic upbringing. Choosing to do the right thing and helping others is challenging, but easier when it’s what is expected of you.