Vice President, Community Impact, Investments and Partnerships
Subject Matter Expert
Social Work in Aging and Administration - Operations and Program Development
Michigan State University and University of Louisville
What book changed your life?
To Kill a Mockingbird changed my life. My admiration for the characters Atticus and Boo remains unrivaled. They were not afraid to stand alone against racism, ignorance and hate. They taught me that each of us must take an individual stand for what is right, moral and true -- and to have compassion for the Boo Radleys of the world.
Kerri Gentry is Vice President of Community Impact, Investments and Partnerships at United Way for Southeastern Michigan.
Prior to joining United Way in November 2011, Kerri spent 12 years at Catholic Social Services of Oakland, where she served as vice president. She has also been program director for Sheltering Arms Adult Day Centers, where she transformed the programs into health centers, providing comprehensive care for older adults with dementia and supportive programs for their caregivers. Her work history also includes a term as program director of case management at ElderServe, Inc., a nonprofit organization providing services to seniors in downtown Louisville. While at ElderServe, Kerri helped develop Oak and Acorn, an Intergenerational Day Care Center.
Kerri is a founding member and was a steering committee member for Southeast Michigan Senior Regional Collaborative, which is in the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in Michigan.
In college, Kerri earned a senior companion director award, as well as a master’s program field placement award. She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Michigan State University and her master’s degree in aging and administration social work from the University of Louisville. Kerri also has a certificate in aging from the Boston University School of Social Work, Center for Aging & Disability Education & Research.
Kerri has two middle-school-aged daughters and enjoys spending time with family, painting, drawing, gardening and traveling.