Q&A: Tasha Blackmon
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Tasha Blackmon is a “dynamic, strategic and collaborative leader” who serves as the CEO of Cherry Health, the largest Federally Qualified Health Center in Michigan.
Blackmon is an advocate for the underserved, passionate about attending to patient and community needs and seeks opportunities to give back as a philanthropist and eager volunteer — serving on multiple local, state and national boards and committees.
She is also a “trailblazer” who carves a path for others to travel and helps light their way to personal growth, professional development and community impact.
Biggest career break?
Leaving corporate America behind to fulfill my passion of serving those less fortunate under the mentorship of Chris Shea
My daughter Lauren’s continued resilience against the odds
Best advice you’ve ever received?
How did you make your first dollar?
In junior high, I bought high-end designer items from garage sales for pennies on the dollar and re-sold them for a profit.
My grandmother’s rolling pin
Traveling all over the world for Condé Nast to review resorts, restaurants and spas!
If you were president for a day, you would … ?
Attack the issue of health equity head on by developing programs that support improved physical, emotional, financial and social well-being for all Americans
Last book you read?
“Between the World and Me,” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Last search term you googled?
Your worst habit?
Watching multiple TV shows at the same time
To unwind, you like to … ?
Spend time with family and friends
Time with my husband in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora
Collard greens with smoked turkey
Person you most admire?
My parents, Daryl Henderson and Patricia Henderson