Sherrill House Appoints Brookline Resident to its Board

Sherrill House appoints John (Jeff) R. Cook Jr., a Brookline resident, to its Board of Trustees.

Sherrill House, a not-for-profit skilled nursing and rehabilitation center, today announced that John (Jeff) R. Cook Jr., a lifelong entrepreneur and resident of Brookline who is active in the nonprofit sector, has joined its Board of Trustees.

Cook is the president of Wendling Strategies, a firm committed to sustainable solutions for communities, agencies, corporations and organizations through the use of advanced management strategies. He currently works with Emerald Necklace Conservancy and the Trustees Collaborative for Boston Parks.

"Mr. Cook will bring innovative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit to our board," said Patrick Stapleton, chief executive officer of Sherrill House. "His tremendous experience in service and stewardship will serve a vital role in supporting our ongoing commitment to providing the highest quality care to those we serve."

Raised on a farm in western Massachusetts, Cook founded and built the Environmental Careers Organization (ECO) into a national, non-profit education, training and leadership development organization that had a 35-year history of protecting and enhancing the environment. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology with a minor in anthropology from St. Lawrence University, where he also received an honorary degree in 2005. He has received numerous awards and citations and serves on the boards of several foundations and nonprofit organizations.

Cook joins other Brookline residents on the Sherrill House Board, including the Very Rev. Thomas B. Kennedy, Richard W. Benka, Paul Zintl, Dr. Joseph Martin, Cheryl Whitfield and Listo Fisher.