SOUTH OGDEN -- Sherri Freston has a strong belief in Job Corps and its education and job training programs.
"I have an honest interest in the promotion of youth, specifically the teenage and young adult age group," Freston said. "These are some of the most critical ages in life to ensure success, confidence, opportunity and self-worth."
Because of her devotion and commitment, Clearfield Job Corps has named Freston its Job Corps Community Supporter of the Year.
"We are grateful for Sherri's tireless support of the Clearfield Job Corps Center," said Dean Hoffman, Management and Training Corporation southeast intermountain regional vice president.
"Sherri has been the driving force behind a strong relationship between her employer and the Clearfield center. These relationships provide Job Corps students opportunities for growth and job placement, and we strive for these types of meaningful partnerships."
Freston is the director of human resources at ManorCare Health Services in South Ogden, where she manages all employee relations from applicants and student interns to employees. She is also a trainer for HCR ManorCare's program called Circle of Care, which emphasizes compassion, listening, caring and communication.
"As a human resource director, I enjoy most one-on-one interaction with staff and other managers," she said. "I enjoy making a difference in helping others, listening to concerns, assisting others in problem solving and finding and pursuing the qualities in others."
Freston was born in Oxnard, Calif., and moved to Utah as a teenager. She and her husband, Ron, live in Layton. They have two daughters, Mindi and Jamii, and an adventurous cat named Jaycee.
Freston graduated from Layton High School and Weber State University, where she earned a degree in psychology and business management. She said she is often driven by competition.
"Or chaos," she said.
Freston, nominated for the award by the Work Based Learning and Business and Community Departments at the Clearfield Center, was chosen because of her strong passion for making a difference in the lives of students. She said the opportunity to touch another's life tops any other achievement.
"As individuals, at different times in our lives, there have been people who have believed in us, sometimes at times when we didn't know our own potential," she said. "Mentors, whether personal or professional, play a significant role in our lives and are people we will always be thankful for. People never forget."