39 • Store manager •
Home Depot • Nampa
Twenty years ago, Sheri Schmidt went to work for The Home Depot as a cashier. She quickly realized she loved the company and its culture. Now, after working as a cashier, an assistant manager and a loss prevention manager, Schmidt is the store manager of the Boise Home Depot.
Schmidt’s lengthy career with the company has allowed her to live and work in many cities. She’s worked in Houston, Texas, and Tulsa, Oklahoma. In Idaho, she’s worked in Meridian, Lewiston, Boise and Nampa.
“I’ve been really fortunate,” she says. “Home Depot’s been very good to me. Both personally and professionally, they’ve helped me out a lot. They really are family-oriented. They believe in taking care of their associates, and that has been huge for me.”
Schmidt says she really learned the value of The Home Depot’s culture in October 2014 when her then 2-year-old son was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma.
“They absolutely took care of me and my family,” Schmidt says. “They did numerous fundraisers, and delivered meals to the hospital and to home. I had associates stepping in to babysit my kids. It was just amazing. It was such an outpouring of support.”
After a three-year treatment plan, her son is currently in remission, but the experience spurred Schmidt to launch Shinecology, a nonprofit that helps parents whose children have been diagnosed with cancer.
“What we learned during that process was there wasn’t really a structure of support here in Boise yet, even though the only (pediatric) tumor institute in Idaho is here,” Schmidt says. “So all the families, all the kids that are being diagnosed — over 200 a year — are coming through this area, but we just didn’t have the support network in place.”
Shinecology began organically when pediatric oncologists asked Schmidt’s permission to share her information with other parents. Schmidt then began providing support to others, helping them get in contact with experts in specific areas or with help developing plans for in-home care.
“Sometimes it was just having a glass of wine or drinking coffee with them because they just needed to feel and not be judged, or not be asked questions,” Schmidt says. “That’s how we started. In the beginning, it was just a moms’ group.”
Schmidt began talking with one of those moms, and together, they founded Shinecology, which today has expanded to provide support for fathers as well. Shinecology has also partnered with St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) to help newly diagnosed families plan for their children’s care.
Shawnacy Herron, manager of MSTI, says Schmidt has always shown a desire to improve the lives of those around her.
“I have been very impressed by Sheri’s leadership and perseverance in her work with Shinecology,” Herron says. “She has taken a challenging time in her life and turned it into a blessing for those around her.”
Schmidt is also a wife and mother to three kids, ages 4, 6 and 8. She says her time off is dedicated to her family.
“I am right at a place in life where I am fortunate enough to enjoy what I do and still find time to follow my passion of giving back,” she says. “I have a heart to give back in any capacity I can.”