meet sherry serio
“I have a deep passion for philanthropy, quality of life, education, and advocating for health and prevention. Two of my strong beliefs are that your greatest gift is your health, and everyone deserves to have an opportunity to live a long and healthy life.”
1. Can you tell us what your role is here at San Diego Blood Bank?
As Vice President of Development, I collaborate and develop meaningful partnerships with philanthropists, corporations, foundations, SDBB blood and financial donors, and SDBB leadership and board members to fund resources and build SDBB’s community visibility and impact as an innovative healthcare leader through philanthropy. To support this effort, my role is to deliver a comprehensive development program that provides an engaging donor experience and support of multi-revenue sources to ensure SDBB’s growth and sustainability. I love my job!
2. Tell us about someone who has influenced you in your life. Who are they and what did they teach you?
Dr. Michael Sise is an inspiring physician who I had the privilege to partner with. He has taught me to embrace my passion and truly believe in my professional abilities and mission to stay committed to excellence and make an impact on people’s lives despite adversity. His passion, charisma and relentless pursuit of his mission to collaborate, educate, help his colleagues advance, and most importantly, save lives - is infectious. He lives his life with amazing energy, focus, passion and is a multi-dimensional person! All traits that inspire me to be multi-dimensional so I can live to thrive and stay true to my mission.
3. Do you have a particular passion for the work we do here at SDBB? What makes you excited about the work you're doing?
Yes! I have a deep passion for philanthropy, quality of life, education, and advocating for health and prevention. Two of my strong beliefs are that your greatest gift is your health, and everyone deserves to have an opportunity to live a long and healthy life. SDBB works 24/7 to advance health and give the gift of life which truly aligns with my core values and beliefs. SDBB’s mission excites me and fuels my passion to collaborate with community partners to impact life. I am also excited to not only build resources for SDBB, but to develop meaningful experiences and value for our donors so they can learn, grow and feel good about their partnership and being part of the SDBB community.
4. From your perspective, how does philanthropy drive SDBB initiatives forward?
Philanthropy advances SDBB’s initiatives by funding critical resources to impact the lives of local patients and their families. A financial gift may fund state-of-the-art equipment, research, mobile blood drives, blood collection, and more. For example, we have a fundraising campaign right now to purchase new trima machines. These pieces of vital equipment make it possible to collect platelets on our mobile buses, enabling us to support patients fighting cancer.
5. How can SDBB supporters make a financial donation to the SDBB Foundation?
There are many engaging ways to partner and support the SDBB Foundation.
Join our Leadership or Visionary Circles and refer a friend, family or colleague to join too.
Become a corporate sponsor.
Make a planned gift.
Become an ambassador to help build awareness and financial support.