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Dr. Saundra Nelson Cherry is an Assistant Professor in the Graduate Department of Counseling at Hampton University.
Dr. Cherry is a native of Newport News, Virginia. She was married to the late Gregory Cherry, founder and curator of the James A. Fields House (Whittaker Memorial Hospital).
Dr. Cherry is a member of Restoration Christian Church. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received a Master of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene (Dental Management Concentration) from the University of Maryland at Baltimore and a Master of Divinity Degree from the Samuel D. Proctor School of Theology Virginia Union University. In 2000,
Dr. Cherry completed her Chaplain Residency (Clinical Pastoral Education) at Riverside Regional Medical Center and her Doctorate of Ministry Degree (Clinical Pastoral Education) from Regent University.
Dr. Cherry has received leadership training through Crisis Intervention Training (1st Responders); the Community Emergency Rescue Team (CERT) of Newport News; the Sorensen Institute Candidate Training and Political Leaders Programs, the Leadership Institute of the Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, and the Leadership Institute.
Dr. Cherry has received the following awards: Minority Scholarship from University of Maryland at Baltimore (1988); Honors Award Magna Cum Laude – Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union University (1999); YWCA Virginia Peninsula Women of Distinction Award for Human Services/Non-profit (2009); the Women of the Tribe Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center photo display (2010), President Obama’s Volunteer Service Award- 2012 Drum Major for Service, Sister to Sister Community Service Award (2012) and the Special Chiefs Award for the Newport News Police Department (2013).
Dr. Cherry was elected to Newport News City Council, representing the South District, Seat B in May 2014. She is actively involved in the community and is committed to the positive transformation that’s taking place throughout the city of Newport News. She is a strong advocate for social justice and believes that the voice of the citizen matters.
Dr. Cherry believes that one person who cares about others can make a difference, and that our communities and neighborhoods are made better when we lend our hands to help, our ears to hear and our hearts to serve.