Celebrating the Women of LUM in March
LUM is excited to introduce you to the president of the LUM Board of Directors, Cheryl Fowler.
Cheryl has been an active LUM volunteer for more than eight years when she was selected to represent her church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tippecanoe County, on the LUM Board of Directors. In addition to serving on the LUM Executive Council for the past four years, Cheryl has served on the Hunger Hike Fundraising Committee for seven years and was the program director for the LUM Community Thanksgiving Feast in 2015 & 2016.
Cheryl grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, graduated from Finneytown High School, and earned a BS in marketing from Miami University, Ohio. Cheryl lives in West Lafayette with her husband of 36 years, Gary, and they have an adult daughter, son-in-law and seven-month old granddaughter. In addition to her family, she draws inspiration from music, especially this Carrie Newcomer song lyric,
“The greatest revolution is a simple change of heart.”
Cheryl shared that,
“Central to my faith is the inherent worth and
dignity of each person and my commitment to
justice, equity and compassion for all.”
This is what drew her to get involved with Hunger Hike and the new LUM Westside Food Pantry, opening this April.
“Creating awareness of food insecurity, raising money to fight hunger and providing food assistance to local families,”
is important to Cheryl. She is most proud of her work with the LUM Executive Council, stating that,
“Serving as the liaison for my church, working with the governance of LUM and witnessing firsthand the LUM volunteers & staff making a difference in people’s lives, gives me such a positive feeling. LUM truly is in the business of helping to restore human dignity and hope.”
Following a long history of women serving with LUM, Cheryl is a humble and hardworking leader and volunteer. Over the years, she has stepped up and led when needed but has also rolled up her sleeves and participated in the day-to-day work at LUM.
“LUM helps me live out my values,”
Cheryl shared with pride and gratitude.
Cheryl also serves on the social justice team with her church and a racial justice group in the community. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family, outdoor activities including camping, traveling, music and supporting the arts, and tap dancing, which she has done since she was four years old.
LUM and the children and families served by LUM are blessed to have someone like Cheryl as their leader, advocate, and servant.