Founder, Dr. Magdala Chery
Magdala Chery, MBS, DO is currently an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine in Stratford, NJ. Named one of South Jersey Magazines Top Docs in 2018 and 2019, Dr. Chery is among South Jersey’s leading physicians making a noticeable impact in the health care world. She was selected to be an Albert Schweitzer Fellow in 2010 as well as New Leaders Council Fellow for the New Jersey Chapter in 2018 which shows her long dedicated history to public health and service. Outside of the office, she is an on-demand motivational speaker who has delivered many keynotes at events across the nation. She leaves her audience inspired, encouraged, and energized.
Most recently, she has suffered the loss of her father to COVID-19. Through this tragic experience, she personally witnessed the impact of injustice and racism in our healthcare system. Realizing that her father’s story was simply an amplified narrative that exists in our communities, she turned her pain into purpose and created the #NotJustABlackBody campaign. This platform is dedicated to honoring the Black lives that were cut short from COVID-19 while equipping the community with knowledge on the injustices and racism embedded in the healthcare system.
Dr. Chery is also passionate about expanding the conversation on primary care and health in minority communities outside of the exam room/office. She has an interest in evaluating policy to address trauma-informed care for black women, social determinants of health unification into the electronic medical record, and the integration of mental health in primary care.
Dr. Chery holds a bachelor’s degree from Montclair State University, received her medical degree from Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (formerly UMDNJ School of Osteopathic Medicine), and completed her internal medicine residency at the University of Connecticut (UCONN). Dr. Chery was recently named a recipient of the 2020 - 2021 Commonwealth Fund Fellowship in Minority Health Policy at Harvard University. She will begin her fellowship this summer at the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health.
Campaign Director, RB Alverna
RB Alverna is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of theAcademy365, Inc. a nonprofit organization based in Essex County, New Jersey focused on leveling the playing field for black boys. Under the leadership of RB Alverna, #theAcademy365 impacts the lives of young black men through mentoring, teaching life skills, and cultivating safe space programming and workshops.
RB is a passionate educator and advocate for marginalized groups. He has an unwavering commitment to providing opportunities for all Black boys to engage in unique and relevant learning experiences. He believes in purposeful disruption of the status quo.
Most recently, he brought his talents to the #NOTJUSTABLACKBODY campaign, a platform that is dedicated to honoring the Black lives that were cut short from COVID-19, while equipping the community with knowledge on the injustices and racism embedded in the healthcare system.
RB holds a Bachelor's degree in History from Kean University in Union, NJ. He also earned his Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in nonprofit leadership and is currently completing his final year of doctoral course work in Educational Leadership at Caldwell University. His dissertation will investigate the unresolved trauma of black boys prior to arriving to college and the lack of resources predominantly white institutions have in place.
Digital Media Manager, Cherrell Angervil
Cherrell Angervil is the owner of CangMedia, LLC a digital media firm. Her vision is to cultivate a company that provides a personal, creative, and engaging experience to the digital media of all the brands she works with and helps to build.
Cherrell holds an MA in Communication from Kean University. She has worked with several organizations, government entities, medical professionals, and educational branches as a Digital Media Manager.
With each new client relationship, Cherrell's goal is to help bring their brand to life!
This particular campaign is near and dear to Cherrell as she has been affected by the loss of multiple loved ones due to COVID-19. Lives that could have been saved had they received the proper care. Cherrell wants to make sure that their lives and their stories are not labeled as just a number but that they are remembered in the fullness of who they were to their families and their communities.