A graduate of the University of Texas with degrees in communications and law, SherryLynn Boyles cites her grandmother as her greatest inspiration. “My grandmother, also a lawyer, modeled the example of tackling obstacles and reaching for your goals, refusing to be deterred by gender roles. She was my North Star.”
When SherryLynn left law school, her desire was to be an advocate of change for those who experience sexual abuse and domestic violence. Inspired to make a difference, she was Chief of Staff for a Texas state legislator and had eight of ten pieces of legislature passed while there. This led to an offer to run the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, which allowed her to build campaigns to protect women against sexual assault.
With these successes under her belt, SherryLynn started her own consulting firm, landing The National Domestic Violence Hotline as her first retainer client. Tasked with launching a National Summit, this two-year plan engaged leaders from the White House, Military, Healthcare, and other large organizations. This summit report, unveiled at the White House, created the first conversations that led to the national NO MORE campaign.
“Passionate about this work, I wanted the next chapter of my life to be working directly with victims of abuse and I was willing to go where that work would be.” That next chapter brought her to Colorado Springs two years ago, as the Executive Director for TESSA who works with over 10,000 victims in El Paso and Teller County each year. “Our clients are succeeding. They’re able to get out of bad situations and start new lives thanks to our help and the support our community is giving them.”
Working with some of the star leaders in our community, SherryLynn is quick to say, “It’s not just me and my team, it’s the greatness of a multitude of people coming together for the betterment of our community.” This connector, leader, inspiration, and powerhouse is passionate in her crusade to prevent domestic violence in our community.