Sheryl BenjaminSheryl Benjamin joined the Sensory Processing Disorder Foundation and STAR Center Foundation in July 2012 as the Executive Director. She has over 30 years of experience in marketing and education in the medical field. As the first Executive Director of the Vascular Disease Foundation, Ms. Benjamin led the organization from its beginnings in 1999 to become the preeminent nonprofit organization to increase awareness and provide education about vascular disease by 2011. Some of the major accomplishments under Ms. Benjamin’s leadership included a partnership with the Office of the Surgeon General to announce the Call to Action on deep vein thrombosis, and one with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to create a national public awareness campaign on peripheral arterial disease. Another key program was receiving a $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to create and publish a campaign for women to prevent deep vein thrombosis called, “This is Serious”, and which received a 2011 Gold Aster Award in patient education.
From 1995 – 1999 Ms. Benjamin was the Program Director for Diabetes Treatment Centers of America at Rose Medical Center. She was responsible for management, marketing and operations including quality improvement initiatives, case management, patient education and outcomes tracking at one of the premier diabetes centers in the region. Prior to his position, Ms. Benjamin was the Director of the Center for Contemporary Health Care where she developed a successful program to help doctors market their testing services, directed CME-accredited vascular disease seminars and organized an industry association to lobby Congress for continued Medicare reimbursement.
Ms. Benjamin served from 1985-1993 as the Director of Marketing and Product Manager for Imex Medical Systems, Inc., a manufacturer of diagnostic Dopplers and vascular recorders. Prior to joining Imex, Ms. Benjamin worked for several years in the International Marketing and Finance Departments at Cobe Laboratories, Inc., a manufacturer of dialysis systems and products used during plasmapheresis and heart surgery.
Ms. Benjamin is a volunteer with Foothills Art Council, serving on its Membership Committee. She was recognized by the American Diabetes Association for her outstanding contribution to diabetes in 1997. She served as a member of the Colorado State Department of Health Task Force on Diabetes and was on a task force for developing the Colorado Cardiovascular Health State Plan 2010. She served on the board of Colorado Health Strategy and Management (CHSM) from 1995 through 2003 and served as its President from 1998-2000. She coached baton for five years.
Ms. Benjamin graduated with a Master of Arts degree from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and received her undergraduate degree from Butler University, Indianapolis, Indiana, which included a year of study at the Universidad de Madrid in Spain.