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Sheri Kesterke of Michigan Named As

The NNA’s 2012 Notary Of The Year

Berrien Springs Village Clerk Honored For Her

Commitment To Public And Community Service

LOS ANGELES, June 19, 2012 – The National Notary Association has named Sheri Kesterke of Berrien Springs Village, Michigan, as its 2012 Notary of the Year for her exceptional standards of professionalism and integrity and lifelong dedication to helping those in need.


Kesterke, who serves as Village Clerk for Berrien Springs, was selected from among five finalists from across the United States during the National Notary Association’s 2012 Conference at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on June 5. NNA President and CEO Thomas Heymann praised Kesterke for her efforts to raise awareness of Notary best practices among public officials in her state, along with making her own notarial services available to members of her community in need at any time in the event of emergencies. “Sheri’s achievements stand as an inspiring model for Notaries everywhere,” Heymann said.


“I want to thank the NNA for this honor,” Kesterke said. “They help so many Notaries understand how to do their jobs better. If it weren’t for the Association, I would never have received any training. I am grateful to be part of this community. I wish I could give a little part of this honor to all the Notaries here because they all deserve it.”


In addition to the award, the National Notary Foundation has endowed a $1,000 scholarship on Kesterke’s behalf that will be presented to the educational institution of her choice.


The Notary of the Year award is given annually to the Notary Public whose highly dedicated, exemplary and ethical service to the community have made outstanding contributions to the Notary office. Each year, the NNA chooses from a pool of nominees who best exemplify the ideals of integrity, impartiality, competence, selflessness and public service in the critical role of protecting document signers from ID theft and document fraud.

About the National Notary Association
Established in 1957, the National Notary Association (NNA) is the nation’s foremost professional member organization serving the communities of Notaries in every state. The non-profit NNA is dedicated to educating, serving, and advocating for the 4.8 million Notaries in the U.S. by imparting knowledge and understanding, promoting a positive public perception of the office, and bolstering consumer protection through best practices. The Association’s professional programs, services, and model legislation help Notaries advance their careers and serve the American public with the highest level of professionalism and ethics. To learn more, visit us at



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