LifeROOTS, the Central New Mexico-based not-for-profit serving the needs of children and adults with physical, developmental and/or behavioral challenges, has announced that Sherri Wells has joined the organization as Major Donor Officer. Wells is responsible for developing relationships with long term donors and securing sponsor donations for all LifeROOTS fundraisers, recurring donations and legacy donations.
Prior to joining LifeROOTS, Wells was Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation. In her leadership role at NMMNHF, she successfully worked to build relationships, operations and new business opportunities for the Foundation, which supports New Mexico State’s largest museum, the NM Museum of Natural History & Science.
“LifeROOTS plays a critical role here in the community in providing people with disabilities and their families the resources and support they need to empower their lives and shape their futures,” said Wells. “I’m honored to be part of this amazing organization, and look forward to helping to contribute to even further growth of LifeROOTS’ programs and services.”
In addition to having served as the Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History Foundation, she also has served as the Director of Development and Communications for CLNkids (Cuidando Los Ninos), which provides high-quality early child development services for homeless children under the age of 6. Additionally, she served as the President/Publisher of New Mexico Business Weekly from 2004 – 2007, where she helped to successfully grow the business publication.
Wells has been an active member of the community for many years and has played a leadership role in numerous initiatives to make a longtime positive impact on the community. She serves on the Go Red for Women 2019 Leadership Team, and also served as the 2018/19 Circle of Red Chair for the American Heart Association — where she increased Circle of Red membership at the $1,000 level 75% over the prior two years. She is a founding member of the PRG (Practice Resource Group), a speaker series dedicated to providing important information to physicians, and served as the 2005-2007 Board Chairperson of Junior Achievement of New Mexico, the state’s largest organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about entrepreneurship, work readiness, and financial literacy. Wells is the co-founder of the New Mexico Business Hall of Fame and a past member of the Women in Philanthropy Council of United Way. In addition, she is the recipient of a 2019 DVRC Leadership Award.