The YWCA of Greater Johnstown recognized Kerri Golden D’10, associate professor
of occupational therapy at St. Francis University, at its Tribute to Women Awards in May 2018. Kerri received the award in the Professions category.
In addition to teaching her students clinical skills, Kerri encourages them to be health care advocates. Since 2006, she has accompanied more than 500 students to Washington, DC, and has met with two dozen government officials to push for improved health
services. As a court-appointed special advocate, she also assists families affected by drug use. She was nominated for the Tribute to Women award by her mother, Jacqueline Beck, a retired nursing faculty member and associate dean at IUP.
In 2014, Kerri received both the Academic Educator Award (for outstanding mentorship to students) and the President’s Award (for legislative acumen) from the Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from
her high school, Bishop Carroll Catholic, in 2015, and was a finalist for the Swatsworth Award, the highest teaching award given at Saint Francis University.
Kerri and her husband, Timothy, have three children: Lily (16), Timmy (14), and Mary (12). They live in Ebensburg.