BHA Program Manager Sheri Patraw

Sheri Patraw was born and raised in Bethel, Alaska and is of Yup’ik Eskimo and Dena’ina Indian descent. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and has twenty-five years of experience in the social service field including family preservation, child protection and mental health case management.   Much of her work has been with Native American/Alaska Native populations utilizing the Indian Child Welfare Act.  Her goal as Program Manager of the Behavioral Health Aide Program is to elevate the profession of village-based behavioral health providers and to provide them with a network of support that enables them to address a wide array of behavioral health issues with confidence.  In her spare time, Sheri enjoys reading, sewing, gardening and analyzing people’s personality profiles with her husband Robert.