Born and raised in Ohio
Sheryl A. Woods attended the University of Idaho where she completed her Bachelor and Masters Degree in Education.
Sheryl then moved to Norman, Oklahoma to teach on the faculty of the University of Oklahoma where she taught in the health and physical education department. She then joined the Greater Oklahoma City YMCA where she served for 12 years in a variety of professional roles including the District Executive Director supervising multiple centers.
In 1999, Sheryl moved to Orlando to become the 1st District Executive for the Central Florida YMCA and open two new YMCA’s. At the time, the Central Florida YMCA is/was the fastest growing YMCA in the United States. Sheryl’s expertise in Orlando was opening many new partnership YMCA facilities which included; a school district, a hospital, land developers, and city and county governments in an effort to expand community services. Sheryl was promoted during her 6 years with the Central Florida YMCA to become the Senior Vice President of Operations for the Association Office.
In October of 2005, Sheryl moved to Ft. Lauderdale to become the Chief Operating Officer for the YMCA of Broward County. Sheryl moved to South Florida so that she could use her expertise in opening new YMCA’s and creating partnerships within the Broward County community. On August 13, 2007, she was appointed the new President and CEO of the YMCA of Broward County. Sheryl has already made a significant impact on our community by growing Y locations with the openings of Family Centers in Pembroke Pines, Weston, Parkland, and over 100 afterschool, special needs, youth, and senior health outreach sites. Additionally, under her leadership, The YMCA of Broward County has just recently ranked as one the top 25 nonprofits in South Florida and expanded our reach to over 225,000 people.
Sheryl’s vision for the YMCA is to seek out community partnerships for expansion of quality facilities, programs, and services to improve the reach in Broward County. Under Sheryl’s leadership, the Association doubled the size and service of the YMCA to over $30M, and she is focused on nearly doubling the nonprofit’s impact again by 2018. She is looking forward to developing a stronger volunteer and staff base to serve the Broward community with even more life changing programs.
Sheryl was drawn to the YMCA because the mission nonprofit reflects her own personal beliefs. In addition, the YMCA offers the opportunity to be entrepreneurial in areas that positively impact people’s lives.
In her leisure time, Sheryl enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events, cruises, and traveling around the US. She resides in Parkland.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun