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 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/or fibro, support groups, educational conferences, outreach programs, emergency medical 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. 

 

LaMisha Cross – Vice President

LaMisha Cross works for Arthritis Consultants of Tidewater in Virginia Beach. She has been employed there for seven 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. Lamisha is also a proud U.S Navy Veteran. She is a loving mother of two and a grandmother.

 

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. 

Shawanda Robinson- Treasurer

Shawanda is a single mom who currently works full-time for a local bank as a Universal Banker. She is the Assistant Church Clerk for her church in Chesapeake and works two part time jobs. Shawanda and her daughters started a Holiday Angel Tree for two low income resident homes for the elderly and disabled in the Hampton Roads area where friends and family adopt a resident and purchase something off their wish list for the Holidays. Community involvement and helping others is her passion. Even with her busy schedule, she will find the time to help and participate when she can. Shawanda was diagnosed with Lupus SLE in May 2007. It took them seven months to figure out what was wrong, then the diagnosis progressed to Raynaud’s, Interstitial Lung Disease, Polymyositis, Lupus Cerebritis and more recently evidence of Scleroderma. She started doing research, changing habits and seeking out others to help her understand more about Lupus. Now, she has a chance to share her experiences with the support group. She joined the Board as Treasurer so that she can make a difference in the lives of other Lupus and Fibro Warriors. “To be a part of Social Butterflies Foundation is an amazing way to advocate for those who hide behind these invisible illnesses. We don’t have to hide or be ashamed anymore. We need to educate and make others aware that this is very real, and we need to make these invisible diseases VISIBLE!”

Toni Chavis- Sargent at Arms 

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.

 

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.

 

Shawn O’Keefe- Scholarship Administrator

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.  

 

Danita Sanders- Finance Committee

Danita has an MBA in Business with a minor in Accounting. She has worked in accounting for over 20 years. Danita is a certified QuickBooks Pro advisor. She is a published author and owns a paint party company. As a mother of four and a grandmother of four, she lives a very full and active life. However, Danita believes in giving back to her community, and she is a strong advocate for lupus and fibromyalgia awareness. “I don’t want to be one of those people that waits until they’ve achieved some high level of success before they start to give back. I want to give back now while I’m building my career and businesses. Giving is a heart condition not a bank account condition.”

Lisa Jones – Finance Committee

Lisa Jones is a retired United States Navy Veteran with 24 years of distinguished service to our country.  She was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia in 2019 after suffering with associated symptoms for over 10 years.  Unfortunately, she had to retire before she was ready because of this invisible illness.  Lisa is passionate about helping those who suffer, survive, and conquer the “new normal”. She is an active member of the National Women of Achievement, Incorporated Galena Park Houston Metroplex Chapter and volunteer for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.  She resides in Chesapeake, Virginia with her husband and four furbabies.  She has two sons and two grandchildren.  “Fibromyalgia has definitely been life changing for me and I refuse to allow it to define me”.

Janet Wilson- Fundraising Committee

Janet has a BS in Business – Healthcare Management.  She has worked for a reputable Healthcare Managed Organization for over 27 years. Her emphasis is on compliance and quality improvement to mitigate risk to the organization. In August of 2010, Janet received the terrifying diagnosis of lupus. Despite her diagnosis and with the support of her family, Janet fights lupus. “I quickly realized that many people did not know much about lupus or how debilitating it can be. I learned that the best way to fight lupus is to bring awareness. It has taught me not to be afraid and to know that I am not alone in this battle.”

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 – Communications 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.