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Cheri Avery Owen

Cheri Avery Owen, American public mental health administrator. Named International Ambassador Good Will, Mayor Philadelphia, 1985; recipient Top award, National Presswomens Association, Kansas, 1969, Accomplishment Certified award, City Employees Combined Campaign, 1985; fellow, National Institute of Mental Health. Member of National Womens Health Network.


  • Owen, Cheri Avery was born on November 13, 1946 in Clay Center, Kansas, United States. Daughter of Albion John and Grace Elverra (Myers) Avery.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Home Economics & Journalism, Kansas State University, 1968. Master of Arts in Mental Health Communication, Syracuse University, 1970.


    • Director information North Central Kansas Guidance Center, Manhattan, 1969—1970. Health education & training specialist Office Mental Health & Mental Retardation, Philadelphia, 1970—1974, director training, information, education & committee participation, 1975—1982, human resource development specialist, 1982—1985, deputy director mental health division, since 1985. Secretary, treasurer Management International & Training corporation.

      President, chief operating officer Human Interests Inc., since 1986. Editor, publications evaluator, member advisory council Mental Health Materials Center, New York City, 1975—1985. Charter associate member, correspondent national magazine National Center Health Education, New York City, since 1984.

      1st vice president National Committee Mental Health Education, 1980—1981. Consultant Asian American Womens Association, since 1985, Philadelphia Self-Help Clearinghouse, 1983—1984, National Association Continuing Education Directors Conference, Philadelphia, 1984, Region III Consortium Consultation & Education Providers, New York & New Jersey, 1978—1979. Annual plan-writing editing United Hospitals, Philadelphia, 1984.

      Chair committee teenage pregnancy prevention Philadelphia Youth Services Coordinating Office, 1983—1985. State mental health delegate national project Council Social Work Education, New York City, 1976. Consultant domestic violence Philadelphia Mayors Commission Women, since 1983.

      Delegate Philadelphia Commission Women & African American Institute United Nations Non. Government Organization Forum, Nairobi, Kenya, 1985. Special correspondent Philadelphia Tribune United Nations Decade Women World Conference, 1985.

      Advisor, consultant Coalition Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Associations, Philadelphia, since 1984. Member Women's Way Legislation Lobbying Group, since 1985. Intern Syracuse University, 1968—1970.

      Title XX Social service training coordinator Pennsylvania Office Mental Health, 1977—1978.


    • Contributor articles to professional journals, chapters to books. Producer: videotape on refugee women in Philadelphia, 1985, Give Us a Chance, 1979 (National Association Mental Health Information Officers award, 1980).


    Member of National Womens Health Network.



    Travel, martial arts.


    • father: Albion John Avery
    • mother: Grace Elverra (Myers) Avery
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    Born November 13, 1946
    (age 71)