Helping others is not just work at YSU for Cheryl Levy, administrative assistant in the Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs; most of her time spent off campus is spent preaching and teaching, for Cheryl is also an ordained and licensed minister.
Cheryl enrolled at YSU in 1968 to study voice at the Dana School of Music with the intention to sing classically. She took a hiatus from YSU and worked at a variety of secretarial jobs in the Youngstown/Warren area and, in 1993, was hired at YSU in Urban Studies as a clerical assistant, later moving to Financial Aid and Scholarships as a student service counselor/veterans representative. She resumed her college education, but this time in Theology and Religion at Logos Bible College. She re-enrolled at YSU, changed her major to Religion, added a minor in Social Work, earned a bachelor’s degree and shortly thereafter began working toward a master’s in Counseling.
Cheryl’s private voice training began at 14, and through the years she has performed solo work with the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra, on TV and radio, at the Youngstown Playhouse, and at colleges throughout Ohio and Pennsylvania. She also starred in the lead role in Puccini’s Suor Angelica here at YSU.
She and her husband, Michael, are elders at Destiny International Inc. in Youngstown and, in 1990, founded the Un-Shortened Arm Ministry, a substance abuse outreach program. Among her many awards are the Gillespie Painter Award, NAACP Outstanding Service Award and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Student Service Award. She is completing her biography, He Melts Me like Butter.