Geraldine Ghery Chery, who goes by Ghery is currently a PhD candidate, pursuing a PhD in Human Services, specializing in Social and Community Services with a concentration in Public Policy, Management and Governance. She earned her Master’s degree in Public Health (MPH), with a concentration in Epidemiology, received from the State University of New York at Albany University, School of Public Health. Ghery is a Human Services-Board Certified Practitioner (HS-BCP). Additionally, she’s earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Wellness, from the State University of New York at Buffalo State College. She is a Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC) and an Internationally Certified Alcoholism and Drug Counselor (ICADC).
She is of Haitian heritage, born and raised until she moved to Spring Valley, NY at 14. She fluently speaks, reads and writes English, French and Creole; and reads and writes Spanish. She is a proud auntie of five beautiful nieces and nephews.
Ghery is an experienced and advanced level Human Services Board Practitioner, who has expertise in the following areas to include: substance abuse prevention education, life skills coach, mentor, and addiction counseling. Ghery has conducted several research projects nationally and internally that shed lights on social concerns in underserved communities. She’s done ressearch projects internationally in Ecuador to include Quito, Guayaquil and Pedro Moncayo, and nationally in several cities in the United States to include Buffalo NY and Albany NY. She’s written several papers on social issues concerning women, diversity in the workplace, ethics and substance abuse.
In addition, she is very passionate about the human services field and as well is over-zealous about inspiring, educating and empowering young women; and it shows in the way she has immersed herself in the field. She has been coordinating projects that influence underserved young women from all walks of life. Some of her projects include coordinating activities that serve to empower and inspire under-represented young women; to include motivational and educational seminars, coaching workshops, mentoring sessions, talks, luncheons, and other recreational projects. She initiated and developed a weekly inspirational newsletter where she was the chief editor; where she taught and encouraged under-represented young women to write and give their lives a more positive meaning. Through this, she taught them as well to inspire others.
Ghery's favorite quote is “to be aware is to be alive”. Her main goal and life dedication involves her legacy on earth; and that is to leave her foot prints in this world, by simply making a small difference every day. She is a fierce advocate for young women in terms of raising their awareness of their roots and knowing who they are and whose they are. She is the proud chief operating officer of the website (www.gheryisms.com) that she had created, where the goal is to educate, inspire, and empower women in all areas of their lives to include the mind, body and the soul. When she created the website, her goal was to perhaps reach one person; and that alone, would be a dream fulfilled. That goal has been fulfilled immensely, as her website continues to reach new visitors daily. Her website has an average of 7,531 visits a month and an average of 1,372 unique visitors a month and counting.
Ghery as well is very involved. She has been an active member of the National Organization for Human Services for several years, where she participates in human services related conferences to help boost her field. In addition, she serves on several boards. She is involved on several community committees; and on her free time, Ghery provides free services as a mentor to at risk youth as a way to give back to her community.
Ghery's favorite quote is “to be aware is to be alive” by Anonymous, and "Everyone deserves not just to survive, but to live" by Steve McQueen.
Geraldine (Ghery) Chery is a positive and resilient person who imagines big, dreams big, believes faithfully and more importantly, is eternally hopeful.