Sherdonna began working in the Participation, Environment and Performance Lab at the Washington University Program in Occupational Therapy in 2019. She started part-time making phone calls and completing surveys with study participants. She now works full-time assisting in the office, supporting the research studies and helping coordinate our community-based research network.
Sherdonna’s background is actually not in Occupational Therapy or research but in music. She earned a full scholarship to study classical music at Clayton State University in Atlanta, Ga., where she studied privately with Ted Gurch of the Atlanta Symphony. She graduated in 1998 with a music performance degree as a clarinetist. Sherdonna learned to play guitar and is currently a singer-songwriter in St. Louis. She has independently produced and recorded three full-length albums and is finishing writing her fourth. She hopes to begin recording the new album this summer.
Along with working in the lab and finding ways to be creative, Sherdonna has three adult and teenage sons, a daughter-in-law, two dogs and a cat. She and her husband, Todd, are celebrating their 20th anniversary this month and are expecting their first grandchild this fall.