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.
LaDonya C. Francis – Treasurer
LaDonya C. Francis is a consummate financial professional and an autodidact. Whether working at one of the Big Four accounting firms, Department of Defense, collaborating with business owners, or helping clients reach their financial goals, her success in many areas, stems from a natural desire to understand finances, specifically taxes, and more importantly her willingness to engage and support others. With a degree in Accounting and a MBA, LaDonya serves on several boards, including NNAC Delta Research and Educational Foundation Advisory Board, Black Child Development Institute – Hampton Roads, owns several businesses, and is a Registered Tax Return Preparer.
Born April 14, 1982 in Agana Heights, Guam, Tori has circled the world with her military family, (father, mother, and five siblings). Tori began her radio career in 2005 after graduating from Fayetteville State University. Tori’s welcoming attitude and sparkling sense of humor has helped her deliver some of the best interviews with entertainers, actors and community leaders such as: President Barack Obama, Jay-Z, Anthony Hamilton, J. Holiday, Mario, Nelly, Marcus Houston, Anthony Anderson, Vivica A. Fox, etc. Tori also does voice-overs and her voice can be heard around the United States via radio and television commercial advertisements. New to the Hampton Roads area, Tori has witnessed a plethora of homelessness which motivated her to begin “Operation Help the Homeless”, where she solicits donations (clothes, feminine hygiene products, nonperishable food items, etc.) and donates them to the local shelters. Tori has recently teamed up with the Peninsula Rescue Mission. Tori, is very active in the community, as an inspirational speaker and big sister to under privileged young ladies. Her moto is “if you don’t believe in yourself, who will? Strive for the best and forget all the rest”.
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.
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.
Jan 14, 2015, how can I forget?! That’s when Lupus became my “new normal”. I learned a year and a half earlier, being your own advocate for your health is vital! I knew something wasn’t right when my body was giving me signals: from alopecia, to skin lesions, to fatigue, body aches and the telltale Butterfly rash. I intensified my research and refused to take “NO” for an answer and requested to see a rheumatologist for further testing. As an active duty Navy Officer, sometimes we just learn to “grin and bear it”, but I thank God that this time is one time I was reluctant not to and I believe my stubbornness – SAVED MY LIFE! I am now a living witness that you MUST be your own advocate and I can proudly say Lupus doesn’t have me – I have it!! I am a proud Warrior, Activist, Visionary, Wife, and Mother.