City House Names Sheri Messer Executive Director

City House Board President Marilee Cumming announced today that the organization has named Sheri Messer as its new executive director.


Sheri Messer

“We are delighted to announce Sheri Messer as the new executive director of City House,” Cumming said. “She is an accomplished leader with a track record of working with high-performance growth companies. Sheri is no stranger to City House, as she has served as a volunteer and on our staff as head of operations. We’re very excited about Sheri leading City House, as we charge ahead to sustain and grow our mission of serving abused and neglected youth and providing programs and services to struggling young adults into a best-in-class agency.”

A Texas native whose work ethic and love for children began to blossom during her young adult years through various volunteer work, Messer received a BA in Marketing from the University of Houston and an MBA from Southern Methodist University. She worked for over 18 years in leadership roles for Coca-Cola, along with several years at The Southland Corporation, in national brand and marketing management. Her passion for volunteering and for nonprofit work was born when she began volunteering with her oldest daughter through the National Charity League, where she spent over 11 years, including serving in VP positions. This passion introduced her to City House in 2014, where she fell in love with the children and the staff. With her giving spirit coupled with strong strategic planning and history of successful program execution she now serves as the executive director for City House.

Messer brings a great mix of leadership, inspiration, operational experience, technical breadth, strategic planning, and more importantly a passion for further developing and targeting the programs and services City House provides to optimally meet the growing need within the communities we serve.

Married to Eric Messer for 29 years, Messer has three daughters — Mallory (23), Maggie (20), and Hannah (17). Messer replaces Teresa Keenan, who served as executive director at City House for the past five years.

ABOUT CITY HOUSE: City House was founded 27 years ago by two Plano ISD school teachers, sadly inspired by several of their students who were living out of their cars and lockers. In 1988, City House opened its doors. What began as a six-bed shelter has grown into a four-home, 36-bed, multi-faceted agency that provides residential and non-residential services to more than 500 children, young adults and their families each year. Programs include an emergency shelter for ages newborn to 17, a Transitional Living Program for homeless young adults, ages 18 through 21, and a Youth Resource Center. The mission of City House is to provide emergency shelter and transitional residential services to children and young adults who are in need due to abuse, neglect or homelessness. For more information on City House and how you can help, visit

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