Dena Sherrill, REI Director of Housing, has been selected as one of The Journal Record’s “50 Making a Difference” for 2018. The Journal Record Woman of the Year program recognizes Oklahoma’s leading women who epitomize leadership in both their professional endeavors and in the communities where they live. Sherrill, along with other honorees, was recognized at an event on October 11th in Oklahoma City.
Sherrill has been assisting Oklahoma entrepreneurs and homebuyers since joining REI Oklahoma in 1999. She leads the REI Down Payment Assistance team, which has helped more than 6,000 Oklahoma families achieve homeownership through partnerships with mortgage lenders. These programs give mortgage lenders more tools to help eligible borrowers purchase the home of their dreams. She also oversees REI Oklahoma’s IT department.
She has had a presence in community and professional organizations such as Leadership Texoma and Durant Main Street where she served as Past Board President and was named Board Member of the Year. Sherrill is also a member of the Association of Professional Mortgage Women, Oklahoma Mortgage Banker’s Association Board of Directors and the Affordable Housing Council for the Federal Home Loan Bank of Topeka.
Following the sudden loss of her son, Colton Sherrill in 2008, Dena and husband Trace founded the Colton Sherrill Memorial Foundation which hosts the annual Colton’s Main Street Run and fulfills community needs such as placing AEDs in public places, CPR training to area teachers, as well as other public facility improvements.