Sherry Rovig
Sherry RovigHabilitation Designer
Sherry has a varied background including creating custom designs and specialized seating, developing accessible outdoor recreation technology, wilderness guiding and teaching outdoor education.

About

My Favorite Projects
Sherry has been designing for people with disabilities since 1988. She has provided training in seating on a national and international level.
After working on historic restoration for 10 years in Historic Virginia, Sherry began working for Gillette Children’s Hospital while attending U of M for architecture. Here interest in designing for people with disabilities grew, and she developed her own degree, graduating with a degree in Habilitation Design. Prior to joining the BSD team in 1997, Sherry and Di worked together for 10 plus years at Tamarak Habilitation and Gillette Children’s Hospital in the areas of:
  • Custom Wheelchair Seating
  • Job Accommodations
  • Custom Mounting

Education
Sherry was certified as an ATP with RESNA. She has a degree in Habilitation design from the University of Minnesota.
Work Experience
Sherry started working with Di at BlueSky Designs while attending the U of M for architecture. Sherry found a niche in wheelchair seating and graduated with a degree in Habilitation design and later found a niche in wheelchair seating at Tamarack.

She was certified as an ATP with RESNA, worked with BlueSky Designs on projects including mounting, accessible tents and a watercraft transfer device. As a volunteer, she spent 9 years designing or modifying Recreational Equipment for Courage Center as a volunteer. Sherry taught custom molded pediatric wheelchair seating in Moshi Tanzinia as well as several in-services for OTs, PTs, in El Salvador.
Past Projects include:

Play
Nowadays her nearly full-time job is her home up near Duluth affectionately referred to as “Camp Bark-in-the-Dark” for her dogs that rule the sprawling 42-acre property–a mix of gardens, a stream and woods complete with:

  • Hot and cold-running dogs, cats and chickens
  • Large studio for art, design and fabrication
  • Organic garden and orchard
  • An earth bag root cellar, under construction

Other interests and talents include:

  • Designed and built passive solar homes
  • Volunteer fire fighter and first responder in township for 8 years
  • Did historic cabin restoration for 10 years in Virginia
  • Lifelong musician sings and plays guitar with neighbors (folk, blues and other good stuff)
  • Writer of published poetry and essays http://www.thewildinstitute.com/stories/wild_ricing.php
  • Loves to create snow sculptures, woodwork, paintings
  • Enjoys hiking, x-country skiing, snow shoeing, canoeing and camping in the Boundary Waters area, and guiding wilderness trips
  • Creative cooking, specializing in foraged mushrooms, whole foods and tamales

Here are my coworkers.