Cheryl Lovelady serves as a Graduate Intern with NDRN, supporting the work of the Legal Services and Public Policy departments. She is currently pursuing her Master of Social Work degree through the University of Houston, studying individual, community, and systemic dynamics of change. Before she joined NDRN, Cheryl was the Development Manager for the ACLU of Texas, stewarding a $2.1 million portfolio of institutional and individual giving, to protect the civil rights of all 28 million Texans. She got her start at the ACLU of Texas as a Legal Fellow, investigating abuses against clients in immigrant detention facilities. Cheryl earned her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center in 2011.
Cheryl began her career as a financial skills instructor and resident advisor for students with disabilities transitioning to college. She earned a B.S. in Psychology, and a B.A. through the Plan II Honors program, both at the University of Texas at Austin. While at UT Austin, Cheryl also studied American Sign Language and worked with Deaf Austin Children’s Theater, passing on her love of theater through accessible, multi-modal performances by Deaf and hard of hearing youth. Cheryl comes from a family of delightfully neurodiverse individuals, and is still exploring her own disability identity. Personal and professional experiences have solidified her belief that legal, civil, and human rights for people with disabilities are the non-negotiable floor, not the ceiling, toward building a truly accessible future.