Who We Are

 

Social Butterflies Foundation Board members and Officers consist of individuals who are living with or have a direct connection to Lupus and Fibromyalgia.  This gives us a great deal of insight on the needs of the population of individuals that we are committed to serving.  It is an organization by us and for us.

 

Meet our Board of Directors

Chastity Corbett – Founder & President

Chastity is passionate about helping lupus survivors live healthy lives. She was diagnosed with systemic lupus in 2005. She is a strong advocate for awareness, and is known to many as “The Lupus Conqueror”.  While research for a cure is of the utmost importance, many need immediate assistance.  Therefore, she founded the Social Butterflies Foundation.  This is an organization dedicated to ensuring that lupus and fibromyalgia survivors know that they are not alone.  It will provide resource information, opportunities to socialize with others who are living with lupus and/or fibro, support groups, educational conferences, and provide emergency medical assistance.  Lupus and fibromyalgia awareness is not just a month, it is a movement.  

 

Michael “Mike” Castille – Vice President

Mike Castille is the Desktop Support Manager at Johns Hopkins Community Physicians.  His sister-in-law has lupus so he’s witnessed the multiple challenges that this “invisible” disease causes for the surivior, family, and friends.  With that said, when he got the opportuntiy to assist with increasing awareness of lupus and fibro, he could not say no.  His primary role is webmaster, however he is committed to do whatever is needed to assist in the realization of the mission of the Social Butterfly Foundation.

 

Wanda Washington – Secretary

Wanda currently lives in Waynesboro, Virginia with her husband, Kelvin and granddaughter, Z’nye. She is a Realtor for Long and Foster Real Estate.Wanda is serving as the facilitator for the Shenandoah Valley Lupus Support Group in Fisherville, VA. She is responsible for bringing the first lupus walk to the Harrisonburg community. 

“In 2014 , my daughter passed from complications due to lupus at the age of 28. After losing my daughter it has become my passion to raise awareness about lupus.”  

Dr. David Maxwell- Parliamentarian

Dr. David B Maxwell is a Rheumatology Specialist in Hampton, Virginia. He graduated with honors from Eastern Virginia Medical School in 1980. He completed his fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina.Having 38 years of diverse experiences, especially in treating lupus patients, Dr. David B Maxwell affiliates with many hospitals including Riverside Regional Medical Center, Riverside Walter Reed Hospital, Sentara Careplex Hospital, and cooperates with other doctors and specialists in medical group Riverside Physician Services Inc.

 

Toni Chavis- Sargent at Arms & Conference Chair

Toni is a proud retired Air Force Veteran that served our country for 22 years. She was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 1999 at the age of 36. In 2010, she was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Just a couple of years later in 2012, she acknowledged her diagnosis of Lupus. She is currently 55 years young, and is a survivor living with Fibromyalgia, Lupus, and Rheumatoid Arthritis. She is the owner of TTC Enterprises, LLC in Yorktown, VA. She encourages survivors to live and enjoy life in spite of the illnesses.

 

Cherron Johnson- PR/Marketing Chair

Cherron’ ” Che’ ” Johnson is a Brand Development specialist with 15+ years of experience in media, marketing, advertising, and entertainment. He is passionate about his spirituality, his family, making positive contributions to his community, and the Dallas Cowboys. Che’ is happily married, and resides in Richmond, VA with his wife and two children.

 

Nastassia Persaud- Scholarship Chair

Nastassia is the Director of Brand Management and Human Resources for Joseph Delphry Inc. dba The Athletes Foot. She holds her Masters in Business Administration from LIM College. In her free time, Nastassia volunteers as an ombudsman for the US Navy, providing resources and referral assistance to sailors and their families. She also volunteers at the local animal shelters and churches. She enjoys traveling, books, and spending time with family. “I had a friend living with Lupus and I wanted to know more of what she was going through. At the same time I was approached by a friend with an opportunity to spread awareness and give back. I truly believe that we are all here on this earth to love and support each other. Being a part of the Social Butterflies Foundation gives me so much joy knowing that I am making a difference in someone’s life.” Nastassia among other roles, is currently responsible for the Social Butterflies Foundation’s college scholarship program which provides scholarships for college bound students living with lupus and/or fibromyalgia.

 

LaMisha Cross – Emergency Financial Assistance Chair

LaMisha Cross works for Arthritis Consultants of Tidewater in Virginia Beach. She has been employed there for six years. She is an integral part of patient services and care of Fibromyalgia and Lupus patients. Her dedication to the health and well-being of their patients make her a standout among her colleagues.

 

Shawn O’Keefe

I am currently an Operations Manager with James City County Parks & Recreation and I am a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional with over 18 years of professional experience in the fields of recreation and human services with 14 years as the Manager/Operations Manager working for non-profits, city and federal governments. I am a father to two wonderful sons, a fatherhood and youth development advocate. I suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis which is very similar to both Lupus and Fibromyalgia. I support Lupus and Fibromyalgia research, education, promoting awareness and providing support for Lupus and Fibromyalgia survivors because I have witnessed firsthand the devastation these diseases can take its sufferers through and have had a close loved one pass due to complications with Lupus. My best friend’s mother, passed away due to complications from Lupus when we were in our early 20’s, my high school friend has suffered with Lupus since about 10th grade and my “sister” Chastity has been dealing with its affects for years.  

 

Victoria S. Parker, Ph.D.

Victoria was born in Goldsboro, NC and raised in Newport News, VA. In 2013 she received her B.S in Chemistry/ Pre-Medicine from Norfolk State University where she was a recipient of the DNIMAS Full Ride scholarship. She earned her Ph.D. in Pharmacy/Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry from the University of Iowa (May 2019) under the advisement of Dr. Michael Duffel. She will begin her postdoctoral appointments at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA this summer. Her interest in Lupus research and inflammatory diseases was inspired by the activism and awareness of Lupus that was growing within her community by her mentor, friend and Soror, Chastity Corbett. As a board member of the Social Butterflies Foundation, Dr. Parker hopes to help raise funds and awareness to increase research funding that will be used towards developing new drug treatments or modifying current treatment to combat Lupus and other inflammatory diseases that widely affect the Black/African American community.