Rebecca Cheraquit serves as the Chief Program Officer at Melwood. She was previously the Vice President of Community Services with Melwood and has held senior management positions in the nonprofit and social services fields for 20 years.
Over the last decade, her focus has been job readiness and job retention for young adults and adults with disabilities. Her professional journey began in New York City, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from City University of New York at Brooklyn College. In 2000, Ms. Cheraquit completed a Master of Science degree in Social Work at Columbia University School of Social Work with a concentration in clinical work, and she holds an LMSW license as a social worker. Ms. Cheraquit successfully managed alternative education programs in collaboration with the New York City Department of Education. In these roles, she also demonstrated her ability to lead grassroots advocacy efforts to affect public policy.
About seven years ago, Ms. Cheraquit moved to Maryland and joined the Melwood team as the Director of Vocational Support Services. She turned Melwood’s Vocational Support Services program into an industry-leading operation with an emphasis on process and professional development. In 2016, she was selected as the Vice President of the Community Services Division, responsible for approximately 15 programs and services and 300 staff members.
Ms. Cheraquit will continue to lead the development of new and innovative programs to better serve people with disabilities by growing opportunities for community integration.