Sheri Flanigan-Vazquez, MSW, is the Chief Operating Officer of Justine PETERSEN where she joined the staff in 1998. She was instrumental in the planning and implementation of Justine PETERSEN’s Individual Development Account Program and U.S. Small Business Administration Micro-Loan Intermediary Program. She is also a founder of Great Rivers Community Capital. GRCC is a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), a lending organization wholly owned by Justine PETERSEN. Sheri has a Master of Social Work from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and a Bachelor of Arts from Knox College in Galesburg, IL. She dedicated a year of service as a Volunteer in Service to America (VISTA) coordinating English as a Second Language classes. Prior to joining Justine PETERSEN staff, Sheri was the Executive Director of La Casa Latina, a grassroots organization that assists non-English speaking Latinos, for three years where she managed a staff of five and oversaw agency operations. She was a founding board member of Choices Federal Credit Union, a former member of the Community Advisory Board of IFF, and is a current member of the Community Advisory Board of Midwest Renewable Capital. Sheri is married to Jesus Vazquez and has two children, Claudia and Gabriela.