Carol J. Matthews-Shifflett, CEO & Consultant ~ MA, Community Leadership
Ms. Shifflett, founder and CEO of The Sojourner Group earned a Masters of Arts in Community Leadership after earning her BA in Cultural Anthropology. Both areas of study led her to pursue a career focusing on the well-being of women and children. Personal conversations with marginalized Black/African American and multi-racial women, who shared experiences with mainstream social service providers, revealed their lack of ability to comprehend or fully relate to the experiences of these women, leaving survivors suffering in silence, and a silenced victim/survivor stands unprepared, yet likely, to experience a lifetime of poor mental health.
Carol is committed to ensure that Black /African American and multi-racial survivors find healthy spaces to convey their stories.
An active community leader, Carol believes leadership involves collective groups of people and personalities with the common goal of working toward best practices for women of color. Her principles are respect, integrity, communication, and commitment, which will be beneficial in improving the quality of life for marginalized groups seeking common ground of understanding on the journey of healing. Her life experience as an advocate and working with women of color and her education has created her passion for doing this work.
Sherry Long is a Certified Social Worker. Earning a BS in Psychology, she has dedicated her career to clients with various mental health issues. Sherry serves as the primary facilitator for Utah’s Sistah Circle of The Sojourner Group. Sherry currently serves as a Social Worker for Journey of Hope. For over 25 years she devoted her passion to clients at Valley Mental Health (Valley Behavioral Health). Sherry has worked with patients struggling with Serious Persistent Mental Illness (SPMI), had a large clientele of patients while managing the Drug and Alcohol unit; while specifically concentrating on women and children’s issues. In addition, Sherry contributed as both leader and co-leader in this unit.
Throughout her career, Sherry played a key role in developing innovated programs, assisted with establishing policies and procedures, and advocated for clients. Sherry has worked with community partners and agencies, setting up team meetings to help clients coordinate services and resources. She laid out treatment plans, safety plans, and trained peer leaders while supervising them to ensure that patients were receiving proper care. Sherry has run aftercare groups, helped with vocational rehab, case management (intensive) assisted with housing assignments, and was both motivational and inspirational in helping clients see their best potential. She has prepared clients for speaking engagements to tell their stories at high schools, the Boys and Girls Clubs, on college campuses, etc. Her life’s work is committed to providing the best care possible to those working towards a healthier way of living.