Kerri Childress Bio

Prior to coming to Fisher House Foundation, Kerri was the Director of Communications for the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH. Before that she spent a life-time serving veterans -- 12 years with the Department of Veterans Affairs, nine years at the US Armed Forces Retirement Home, six years at the Military District of Washington, and five years at Arlington National Cemetery. In all that time, she worked in public affairs both at the local and national levels.

During her positions at VA and DoD, she provided communications expertise and advice to top management officials on all issues relating to community awareness and public information, especially relating to sensitive or crisis PR issues. These issues were often complex and cut across numerous health care systems and Services and often had national implications. At VA, she provided day-to-day leadership, direction, guidance and advice to public affairs officers representing VA’s 21 networks and 153 hospitals across the nation and served as a link between senior VA leadership and field staff.

A Navy Veteran from the Vietnam era, Kerri graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland and holds a masters' degree in public relations is from American University. She is married to Allan, a english teacher, and has two children who are DC lawyers and two cherished grandchildren.