"Thank you and God bless you for the hard work, daring innovations and the courage and time you invest in Coventry, YOU HAVE MADE A DIFFERENCE, special crowns await you in Heaven!" – Parents

Staff Bios

 
Darlene Blakey
Co-Founder/Executive Director
Coventry Reserve’s visionary and founder has 39 years’ experience in a personal realm from being the mom of a son with intensive special needs, the result of a devastating bout with meningitis at 13 months old. Professionally, she has worked in interior design private practice, with up to eight staff decorators, as a leader in design, sales and motivation training for a North Texas regional team, building it from 25 to 50 franchise owner, receiving Decorating Den’s Business Owner of the Year in 1984. She was on the team that helped design for the Birmingham House Restoration Project in 90-91 in Wylie, TX and worked on the team created to help inspire business owners and create the vision for the Renovation of Downtown Ballard Street in Wylie, TX. In 2000, Darlene introduced a plan and encouraged local church leaders to support the implementation of a program for special needs children. Her community volunteer involvement includes Wylie Women’s League, Chamber of Commerce; she was on the founding committee of the Wylie Historical Society and was the chairperson for the inaugural Wylie Christmas Home Tour in 1991. Darlene utilized her professional background to design the Coventry facility, creating a space that is beautiful, functional and most importantly, appropriate for learning.  The interior of the building allows for reduced distractions and provides a calm and nurturing environment for our participants to flourish.
 
 
Sherri Rapp, B.S.
Program Director
Sherri has 22 years’ experience as a teacher in the public and private sectors, serving in both classroom and administration roles. She received her degree in Family and Consumer Sciences and holds Certifications in Vocational Home Economics in Texas, South Carolina and New Mexico. Sherri has additional training in Sign Language Interpreting from Collin College and CPR & First Aid from Red Cross and holds a Special Education Certification in Texas. While in college she served as a personal care/travel companion for another student who had muscular dystrophy and continued to assist her regularly in Plano for the next 11 years. During a mission trip to Ghana her heart was captured by a teenage girl she met that was deaf. Sherri and her husband adopted Naomi and brought her to live with them at age 14. Sherri has also served for many summers as a short term missionary at Joni and Friends Retreat for families with special needs and taught multiple disabled students in Plano ISD for two and a half years before joining the staff at Coventry Reserve in January 2010.

 

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