Cheryl Avery

Children's Behavioral Health Program Policy Coordinator

Cheryl serves as the Children's Behavioral Health Policy Coordinator for New Futures. In this role, she tracks, analyzes, and synthesizes policy, legislative proposals, best practices, and research related to Children's Behavioral health policy issues.

Cheryl comes to the organization with an extensive background in child advocacy, including legislative work and court advocacy as a guardian ad litem. She was part of a team of child advocates that worked to draft the Kassidy Bortner Bill that would ultimately become law in New Hampshire. This state law requires state agencies to disclose what it knew about fatal or near fatal child abuse cases.

Previously, Cheryl was the Director of Development and Community Relations for Spaulding Youth Center and prior to that she served as the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of the Lakes Region. There she helped lead a capital campaign for the purchase of the Club’s first permanent home, reintroduced the organization’s high school program, expanded its summer camp program, and forged a partnership with Project Extra, a Lakes Region after-school program.

A New Hampshire native, Cheryl currently resides in Laconia. She is a mother to two boys and owns a small farm in Northfield, NH with her youngest son. In addition to her passion for child advocacy, Cheryl is also an active champion of animal welfare.

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