New Mexico Distinguished Public Service Awards 2012
Recognizing Those Committed to Making a Difference
Sherry Morrison
Sherry Morrison is the President of the Board for the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy, a non-profit organization with a mission to fund community literacy organizations throughout New Mexico. She has led this organization during a time when it has struggled through diminished state funding, however has been able to increase its funding by almost 60% in her two years as President. A graduate of Colorado State University (B.A.), Sherry taught at the high school level before changing careers to the stock brokerage industry.

An avid reader, Sherry founded a neighborhood book club. When a good friend invited her to visit the New Mexico Coalition for Literacy she discovered the critical problem with illiteracy in New Mexico. Upon realizing that 46% of adults cannot read above a 6th grade level, Sherry was shocked and wanted to help. Since joining the organization, she has served on several committees, served as Chairman for the Nominating Committee, as well as both the Secretary and Treasurer before becoming President, and Governor Susana Martinez proclaimed September 4, 2014 as “Literacy Day in New Mexico.”

Sherry has a strong interest in history and assisted with the cleaning and arranging of artifacts for the Department of Archeology. Her interest in history and her Basque ancestry led Sherry to join the Basque Club of New Mexico where she has served as a board member and secretary. In addition to educational Basque events, Sherry helped organize and cook for their Tapas and Silent Auction events.

As a volunteer for the School of American Research, Sherrycatalogued, photographed and arranged Native American Art. Sherry is also active in her homeowner’s association where she has served as a board member.