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Sheri Dawson
Sheri Dawson, Director
Division of Behavioral Health

Sheri Dawson, R.N., is the Director of the Division of Behavioral Health in the Department of Health and Human Services. She was appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts effective August 12, 2015.

Sheri had served as acting director of the division since early 2015. Since joining the Department of Health and Human Services in 2001, Sheri has held several different roles within the department, including Deputy Director of Community-Based Services, QI and Managed Care Administrator, Program Specialist and Nurse Surveyor/Consultant.

She has been recognized as Supervisor of the Year and Employee of the Year during her tenure at DHHS.

Previous to her time at the Division of Behavioral Health, Sheri worked as a Nurse Manager at Lincoln General Hospital, now known as Bryan Medical Center-West, in Lincoln, and was a Nurse Instructor at Willow Brook Private Psychiatric Hospital in Waxahachie, Texas.

Sheri earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health Sciences for Nurses from Nebraska Wesleyan University, and graduated with distinction from the Bryan Hospital School of Nursing.

Sheri and her husband Doug live in Lincoln and have two grown daughters, Bailey and Jill. She enjoys sports, reading and writing in her free time.


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