Featured business person: Keri Jo McWethy

05/15/2014 12:00 AM

05/14/2014 1:02 PM

Keri Jo McWethy

Child advocacy coordinator, Sunlight Children’s Advocacy & Rights Foundation

Whether working with people who are deaf, mentally ill or abused, McWethy has spent her career helping those in need.

“Honestly, that’s just always what I wanted to do. That’s my passion,” she says.

McWethy, 44, grew up in Illinois and earned a bachelor’s degree in special education from Illinois State University.

She worked for the Southwest Cooperative in Yuma, Ariz., part of the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and the Blind, for six years while earning a master’s degree in counseling from Northern Arizona University.

She worked for the Excel Group, which serves mentally ill people, for five years, then spent six years working as a victims advocate for the Marine Corps Air Station in Yuma.

McWethy started at the nonprofit Sunlight organization in March. It helps victims of abuse who are younger than 18 years old and their families in Butler, Greenwood and Elk counties.

“Through a multi-specialist team, we just coordinate the services for any abuse cases that come into the center,” she said.

McWethy said she relaxes by going to the movies and hanging out with friends. She has also taught courses for the University of Phoenix.

“I’m hoping to get back into that. I loved it.”

Joe Stumpe

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