Cheryl Fernandez graduated from Lane Community College in 2004 and wanted to give back to the community. Her mother suggested Volunteers In Medicine (VIM) and that’s where her story begins … It has been 13 years and Cheryl is still going strong. She dedicates three days a week to work at VIM, which gives her the opportunity to give back to the community while working in an environment in which she thrives.
Cheryl’s work mainly consists of maintaining the clinic’s health records. At Lane Community College she was enrolled in a record management class where she found herself thoroughly enjoying what she was learning. Throughout her time at VIM, she has applied those textbook skills and utilizes them through her work. At VIM, Cheryl continues to learn and one of the biggest lessons is how to expand and advance those record management skills.
Through the years, Cheryl has mastered her craft and has since gained the reputation as the “go-to” individual among her peers. There is a saying at the clinic, “If you need anything, Cheryl is the person who will be able to find it.” The record keeper finds pride in her expertise to navigate the clinic’s files that have accumulated since its opening in 2001. Through her position, she has tailored and fine-tuned her skills as an organized professional.
Cheryl has a passion for the clinic and the individuals served because of the work she does. It’s what keeps her coming back and increasing the time she spends volunteering. Because of her generosity of time given, she has helped VIM grow and has ensured the medically underserved individuals of Lane County receive their much-needed care. Everywhere she goes she promotes the clinic and spreads the message of the importance of volunteering and giving back. Cheryl knows that the more individuals who invest their time and resources into Volunteers in Medicine, the greater the impact will be on the community members who need it most.
Thank you, Cheryl, for your years of service to Volunteers In Medicine!