Labreia Cherry was born and raised in Rochester, NY. She escaped the cold weather of NY and came to Florida to attend the University of Florida in Gainesville. She obtained a B.A. in Sociology and worked for a number of years providing case management for severely mentally ill adults. Desiring a change of pace she relocated to South Florida and became a special education middle school teacher for children with emotional disorders. During that time God opened her eyes to the large number of children who have unstable living conditions and limited family support. Labreia soon transitioned to go back to school to get a degree in social work to be able to give in a different way to children that deal with these circumstances on a daily basis. Labreia attended the University of South Florida where she received a Masters in social work and a Masters in Public Health (behavioral health concentration). She has been a volunteer with Mama Africana since 2013 and loves being able to be a support and mentor to the girls of MA.
On October 1, 2014, Labreia came on staff as co-director of the Mama Africana Network. We are thankful because we believe her skills and wisdom will really help build up the organization.