Sherrie L. Crabb, Executive Director for Family Counseling Center, Inc.
Sherrie L. (Smith) Crabb graduated from Hardin County High School in Elizabethtown, Illinois, where she is a Hall of Fame Inductee. She went on to attend Eastern Illinois University (EIU) in Charleston, Illinois, where she earned her Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Science in Human Development and Family Life degrees. During her time at EIU, she served as a Graduate Assistant, received many academic scholarships, served on several advisory committees, and was elected as Student Dean of the Graduate School.
During her educational career, Sherrie was selected as Miss Illinois County Fair and named the Official Spokesperson for the Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs and Hostess for both the Illinois State Fair and DuQuoin State Fair. She traveled over 12,000 miles throughout the State of Illinois promoting agricultural issues and addressed the Illinois General Assembly on important legislative matters. For her work at the State level, Sherrie received the “Key to the City” of Rosiclare and April 9th in Williamson County was declared “Sherrie Smith Day”.
In 2008, she began her career with Family Counseling Center, Inc., as a Youth Outpatient Therapist. Sherrie was quickly promoted to Youth Programs Coordinator and then again to Behavioral Health Assistant Director. Mrs. Crabb became the 5th Executive Director of Family Counseling Center, Inc., on July 1, 2014, and remains in that capacity today.
As soon as Sherrie began to lead Family Counseling Center, Inc., the 2 year-long budget impasse commenced. During those years Sherrie was granted the opportunity to provide oral testimony to the House of Representatives — Committee of the Whole and twice to the Senate Human Services Appropriations Committee. Her testimonies outlined the negative financial impact in which the impasse had already caused to human services throughout Southern Illinois and warned of what the landscape would look like if a budget was not passed quickly. Mrs. Crabb led agency staff to Springfield several times throughout the year to join other providers as a collective voice in order to advocate for services and employees. She met with many state legislators throughout the 2 years including Speaker Michael Madigan and was able to hand deliver a letter and speak with Governor Bruce Rauner during his stop in Vienna.
This advocacy mined the way for Family Counseling Center, Inc. to be recognized for its strengths during this uncertain time in our state. The agency received state coverage by many television and radio stations, such as NPR. Then the Associated Press featured the agency’s story across the country in numerous newspapers including the New York Times.
Mrs. Crabb spends many hours of her week advocating for human services throughout the state as she serves on several community coalitions and advisory boards, most notably she is the Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Illinois Partners for Human Service and Board of Directors member for Illinois Collaboration on Youth. In the spring of 2017, Sherrie was honored by WPSD TV 6 on International Women’s Day for her advocacy work during the historic Illinois budget impasse. Then in the summer of 2017, Mrs. Crabb was selected to receive Harmony Health Plan’s 2017 CommUnity Hero Award for excellence in Advocacy. The CommUnity Hero Awards was designed to uplift “Champions for a WellCommunity,” someone who tirelessly works to help people in their neighborhood live a better, healthier life. Sherrie is very passionate about educating local community members, professionals, and state leaders about issues and trends related to behavioral, developmental, and senior health, especially in Southern Illinois.
Sherrie resides in Tunnel Hill, Illinois with her husband, Stephen, their 2 children, Sean and Janel, and 4 rabbits, Kit-Kat, Cupcake, Snickers, and Cookie Dough.