Sheri Pearlstein

Sheri Pearlstein of Hatton has been named Traill County’s veterans service officer. She replaces Rebecca Hodgson, who announced earlier this spring that she planned to relocate to Oklahoma.

Sheri Pearlstein of Hatton has been hired as Traill County’s new veterans service officer.

The 47-year-old professional counselor replaces Rebecca Hodgson, who announced in April that she planned to move to Oklahoma after four years on the job.

Pearlstein, who has master’s degrees in counseling and education, grew up in a military family in Missouri but has never served in the Armed Forces.

But Pearlstein believes her background as a private practice counselor will complement the skills she needs to serve Traill County’s veteran population.

“As a counselor my job was based around serving others and I’ll still be doing that,” Pearlstein said Tuesday.

A native of the Branson, Mo., area, Pearlstein moved from Missouri to North Dakota in 2011 to continue her education at the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks.

She has been a home-based counselor since 2008, meeting with clients from 2-year-olds to 92-year-olds and working with businesses that offer employee assistance programs.

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