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Meet Cherie: CVEM's new bookkeeper

CVEM is excited to welcome Cherie Chagoy to our team as our new Bookkeeper/Office Manager. 
Cherie comes with over 10 years accounting experience and a heart for nonprofit work. 
“Cherie comes highly recommended as a smart and skilled bookkeeper and already seems to have figured us out! She’s worked with other vulnerable populations and has a heart for service,” said CVEM Interim Director Martha Robert. 
In addition to her work at CVEM, Cherie works as an accounting assistant at Stewart Community Home. 
Originally from Texas, Cherie and her husband Chip moved to Smiths Station when he was stationed at Ft. Benning. He is now out of the military and working as an electrical engineer but they have no plans of leaving the area. “This is home,” Cherie said. 
Cherie and Chip have three children: Alec, 8; Ashton, 6; and Ava, 3. Cherie has been a stay at home mom and decided to rejoin the workforce this year in  hopes of serving the Lord in a different way. 
 “I’ve been praying for the Lord to utilize my talents for the Kingdom,” she said. 

Welcome Martha, CVEM's new Interim Director

The Chattahoochee Valley Episcopal Ministry’s Search Committee and Board President Agnes Shelton named Martha Robert Interim Director in January.
Martha comes to CVEM with substantial nonprofit experience, a strong Episcopalian faith and a passion for social justice.
Her career background includes work as an elementary school teacher, an financial administrator for two non-profits, and director of a Day School. 
“I basically have had two careers: Education and Nonprofits,” Martha said.
She started her career as an elementary school teacher. “I feel very passionate about education, particularly early childhood education,” she said. “I made a choice to leave the classroom because that’s not where I belong.”
Her next move led her to serve as the financial administrator of Nicholas House, Georgia’s first transitional housing program for homeless families. The organization began as an outreach effort of St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Atlanta.
“Everything I learned about nonprofits, I learned from Nicholas House,” she said.
She worked nine years at Nicholas House and three years in Atlanta Children’s Shelter, a daycare for young children living in shelters.
After living in Atlanta for 26 years, Martha moved to Milledgeville, Ga., where she was the director of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church Day School upon the retirement of the school’s founding director of 29 years.
Martha moved to Columbus in August, and found a church home in St. Thomas, where she also learned about CVEM.
“I am always seeking opportunities to work for social justice. I feel like that’s my calling,” said Martha, a cradle Episcopalian. “The advocacy work CVEM does in caring for people in poverty and who are marginalized is such a wonderful and long-standing work that has been done in the Church’s name. I was immediately drawn to it.”
The CVEM Search Committee will continue to work with the Diocese of Atlanta during this interim period to name a permanent director. The process may take between six to nine months.
During her time as interim, Martha said she plans to work closely with the Board, Staff, Volunteers, and Community to both honor the work that has been done and cast a vision for the future.
“I am looking forward to working with everyone, to listening to people’s stories and working together to create a vision and direction for this ministry,” she said.
Martha is widowed and has a daughter, a son-in-law and two step children in Atlanta. She also has a sister who is an Episcopal Priest in Mobile, Alabama.