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 into 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 & C.E.O

Chastity is passionate about helping lupus and fibromyalgia survivors live healthy lives. She was diagnosed with systemic lupus in 2005 soon after she graduated from Norfolk State University with her Master’s degree in Criminal Justice. 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. Chastity is often quoted saying “Butterflies don’t let each other fly alone”.  Social Butterflies Foundation provides resource information, opportunities to socialize with others who are living with lupus and fibro, support groups, educational conferences, outreach programs, emergency financial assistance, college scholarships, and more.  Chastity coined the phrase “Lupus and fibromyalgia awareness is not just a month, it is a movement.”  She is a proud wife, mother of three sons, and affectionately called Nana by her young grandson and granddaughter. 

 

Catrina Clark- Secretary

Catrina has been supporting the Lupus and Fibromyalgia Support Group since it’s inception. Seeing a couple of her friends and family battle with and live with these illnesses made her drive to support and aid this population, a personal mission. Being a champion and advocate for many populations of people who cannot speak for themselves is what Catrina endeavors to avail herself to do.

Catrina is an avid student who completed her Bachelors in Psychology and will soon hold her Masters in Psychology. She currently is a manager in a nonprofit in Maryland, runs her own Coaching and Mentoring business called Louisa57 and is involved in several community organizations. Catrina desires to ensure “Butterflies Don’t Let Each Other Fly Alone” by supporting them in every way she can. 

Rabbina A. Banks- Director of Communications

Rabbina A. Banks is a disabled veteran of the United States Air Force. During her military career, she worked as an Aircraft Fuel Systems Technician. Everyone calls her Bina for short. She is the owner of B Ayesha Inc. She started her company after surviving a stroke. There is something about almost dying that renews your sense of purpose. Her main mission in life is to continue to serve the communities around the country and the world. One of her many passions, as a philanthropist, is the plight of the woman veteran and their families. She is also an advocate for more research and understanding of invisible chronic illnesses.

Bina was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in January of 2014. She knew for a while before that diagnosis that something was wrong, but the doctors couldn’t figure it out. She’s thankful for her diagnosis because it gave her a reason behind what was happening to her. Bina is a mother, a wife, a sister, an aunt, etc. but those titles are not all that defines her. What matters is how she defines herself and the definition that she chooses is that of a warrior. She is a Master Mindfulness Practitioner, Cognitive Behavior Coach and Resiliency/Life Direction Coach for chronically ill women. She has an AAS in Electronics Engineering. She’s currently studying to get my BA in Psychology.

Kimberly Simmons – Co-Chair Fundraising Committee

Kimberly Simmons is a communications and writing professional with more than 20 years of experience developing and editing a broad range of technical documentation and corporate communications materials e.g., standard operating procedures, user and training manuals, and quick reference guides.  Kimberly is also a certified fitness professional with 26 years of experience teaching group exercise classes, something she began during her senior year at Towson University. Over the years, she has earned several national certifications and licenses in group exercise, personal training, Spinning®, Zumba Fitness, Aqua Zumba®, and MixxedFit. These days, rather than teaching, Kimberly uses her passion for health and wellness to plan, promote, and participate in special events and fundraisers that raise awareness for conditions that are relevant to her and her community.

Kimberly was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in May 2017. She says that she really didn’t ask her doctor too many questions at the time because she felt relieved to finally have a diagnosis after visiting multiple doctors for years. She considers the Social Butterflies Foundation to be a “safe place” for people like her and is extremely thankful to have the support group members as a listening ear and a resource because no one else can truly understand like other warriors can. Kimberly is a proud wife of nearly 23 years and a proud mother of an 18 year-old son and a 16 year-old daughter, born two years and two days apart.

Dr. David Maxwell- Medical Advisor

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.