“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did but people will never forget how you made them feel”.
This is one of Dr. Maya Angelou’s most memorable quotes and Cheryl’s favorite to live by.
She grew up in Camden and lived there until she married. As a longtime Camden resident, Cheryl received her early education from Camden schools including Davis Middle School before graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School.
She went on to pursue a degree in biology from Seton Hall University with aspirations of becoming a medical doctor. Cheryl had worked hard and was proud of her four-year Martin Luther King scholarship.
On a blind date at the Cherry Hill Inn, she met her future husband, Ron, who guided her to pursue a career in nursing, following in her Mom’s career footsteps. It was here that Cheryl found her love of working with new mothers and their newborn babies. Cheryl has made a career at Pennsylvania hospital in the Mother/Baby Unit (persevering through the Covid pandemic).
Cheryl and Ron married at her childhood church, Kaighn Avenue Baptist Church in Camden, where she continues to worship. Cheryl and Ron settled in Mt Laurel and have two adult daughters, both professionals in their own right.
Tragically, Ron passed away suddenly in 2012. Since his passing, Cheryl has had to re-calibrate her life, realizing her greatest accomplishment is ‘surviving’ since he passed. In addition to her nursing career, Cheryl continues to volunteer through her church including clothing drives, food for the homeless and Girl Scouts.
In 2022, Cheryl learned about Impact100 South Jersey from reading The Mt Laurel Sun. She was so impressed with the organization’s mission and approach, she joined online via the Impact100 website. It is exciting for Cheryl to be a member of such a purpose-driven nonprofit.
A nonprofit close to Cheryl’s heart is the Alice Paul Institute, where both her daughters attended many Girl Scout events. She loves the fact that Impact100 SJ has awarded grants to the Institute to continue their mission of gender equality through education and leadership development.
Since growing up in Camden and witnessing the positive impact that charitable organizations make there, Cheryl is excited to be a part of Impact100 South Jersey which is making a large regional impact.
In particular, she appreciates the in-depth work of the Grants Review committee and the process through which game-changing monetary awards are donated to local nonprofits.
Cheryl’s interest in philanthropy and “giving back” can be credited to her Mom, who inspired her to always be in service to others. The mantra she passed along “Always help others whenever you can,” has been a constant reminder and guiding force in Cheryl’s life.
Despite confronting her own medical issues, Cheryl continues to press on, being uplifted by her daughters to “keep going”. In addition to reducing her work hours, Cheryl enjoys participating in a local book club and is considering retirement in the foreseeable future.
An abiding philosophy that has served Cheryl well is her belief in a higher power, regardless of her circumstances. She is grateful for the blessing of her life and endeavors to live each day to its fullest.