Cheryl was born in Rhode Island. When she was little she moved with her mother to the San Joaquin Valley in Hanford, California. She was raised by her mother Evelyn and grandmother Annie. Both women have been big influences in her life.
She has been married 51 years to Tom and was a full-time working mother with three sons. Her career as an Account Supervisor with a small staff for a multi-family real estate company encompassed 300 accounts in Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. She refers to herself as a “bean counter”. That is a lot of beans and enormous responsibility to keep all the balls in the air. Within days of retirement four years ago they moved to Ajijic from Indianapolis, Indiana.
When asked to share something that would surprise people, she recounts breaking her foot when she crashed a motorcycle she was test driving.
After arriving in Ajijic, she looked for two years for a volunteer opportunity that would speak to her heart and make a difference, while allowing her to utilize her exceptional skills as a “bean counter.” In February 2018, she brought those talents and gifts to Days for Girls Lake Chapala and shortly after became our Distribution Coordinator. Cheryl manages and coordinates volunteers for the menstrual management kit distributions with Hana. Through her excellent management skills and ability to keep a lot of balls in the air all at the same time, our distributions have increased and provided Hana with volunteers to assist her.
The girls learn the importance of education, empowerment, self-assurance and pride through their connections with Hana and the DFG volunteers. The FLUYE education program and the menstruation kits have built bridges that connect us and unify us in a way that crosses language, borders and cultural differences to a place of “conexiones profundas.”
Cheryl says the biggest challenge has been the summer months when so many volunteers return north. Please keep this in mind to help out DFG in the summer, as Hana and our distributions continue throughout the year.
From all of us at Days for Girls Lake Chapala, a sincere and heartfelt thank you. We are most grateful for the talents and gifts you bring.