Aug 4, 2020
Did you see the tall, aged,
long-legged bird, with a long heavy bill, and white and black
plumage circling the Green Oaks roundabout? We solve the mystery
for this rare occurrence in this episode and we also talk about
Kyra Sedgwick and Dave Matthews Band.
Sheri Reed is a philanthropist
by passion and a project manager by trade. For the past 7
years, Sheri has worked in the beverage alcohol business. She
is currently working from home for Southern Glazer’s Wine and
Spirits, the largest wine distributor in the United States.
Sheri is in Information Technology managing a Microsoft Team’s
deployment project impacting 22,000
Sheri was born and raised in
Illinois. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from
Southern Illinois University. Her major was Educational
Administration as she intended to work at a college or university,
but sometimes life has other plans. Sheri met her husband Rob
at SIU and they recently celebrated their 23rd wedding
anniversary. You don’t want to miss this “mother knows best”
story. They are very proud of their three children. In 105
days, Sheri and Rob listed and sold their house in Illinois and
bought and moved to 12 Oaks.
We are so fortunate to have
Sheri and her passion as a philanthropist as our neighbor. If
you are looking for a way to get involved and connect with others
you definitely want to connect with Sheri and watch the 12 Oaks
Facebook page for ways to help.
In This Episode:
- [02:26] Welcome Sheri Reed our
14th “P” in the pod[cast]. She is a
passion and a Project Manager by trade.
- [04:02] Sheri and Rob recently
celebrated their 23rd wedding anniversary.
- [05:13] We talk about the tall,
aged, long-legged bird with a long heavy bill, and white and black
plumage circling the Green Oaks roundabout for Sheri’s
- [06:31] Sheri shares more about
growing up in the quiet and peaceful town of Joliet and then
- [07:25] She shares why she
chose education as her major in college. She completed her
degree in three years and continued on to obtain her master’s
- [08:21] She hopes she would be
understood or recognized for using her resources to help
- [09:59] When she finished her
master’s degree her intention was to work in a university
environment and started in financial aid.
- [10:56] She was sharing her
experience in the financial aid area at a family event and was
hired by a friend of the family to work at Lucent
- [12:39] She worked on 911
software and managed the Y2K transition at the city’s 911
- [14:02] Sheri shares about a
typical day working as a Project Manager.
- [16:23] She shares how the
pandemic has impacted the way she does business. Zoom meetings have
become a huge part of her day.
- [17:32] Sheri will be moving
into the role of Microsoft Subject Matter
- [19:54] She took on
philanthropy work about 6-8 years ago by making meals for the
- [22:38] When Sheri’s family
came to 12 Oaks she started and managed a neighborhood food drive
during the Christmas season.
- [24:01] She has also organized
the neighborhood blood drive, supported an informal Meals on Wheels
program during the pandemic, and did some cooking at the Ronald
- [25:39] Sheri plans to schedule
blood drives on a quarterly basis including upcoming events in
September and November.
- [27:46] Sheri’s family helps
deliver dinner to elderly community members on Wednesday evenings
as part of a local dinner delivery program that has delivered
12,000 meals during the last 18 weeks.
- [29:34] They also made the last
meal prior to the pandemic for the Ronald McDonald
- [32:05] Sheri shares
information about the food and blood drive on the 12 Oaks Facebook
- [32:54] Sheri shares how she
met Rob as a grad student at SIU. Sheri worked in the financial aid
office and Rob was a greeter.
- [35:12] They celebrated their
23-year anniversary on July 18th.
- [36:21] She shares about her
three children, Josie, Carter, and Delia. They are each very
different and she shares a little about each of
- [37:59] They are trying to
create a culture where they spend more time together. She has
really appreciated this time at home during the
- [39:24] Sheri shares the story
about their decision and timeline (105 days) to move from Illinois
to 12 Oaks.
- [41:04] A few days before their
trip to visit they decided to switch from Charlotte to Raleigh.
They loved that Raleigh was so accessible.
- [43:24] Why did you choose to
live in 12 Oaks?
- [44:09] Sheri’s family has been
living in 12 Oaks for three years now and they love
- [44:33] Sheri shares her
fondest memories in 12 Oaks. She loves that it has taken them back
- [45:55] What are you most proud
- [47:29] If you had a do-over in
life, what would that be?
- [48:41] When it is time to say
farewell, what would you be known for?
- [49:00] Which actress would
play Sheri Reed?
- [49:38] What would be a
surprise that most people wouldn’t know about you?
Links and Resources for Episode 15