Meet the Candidate
Cheryl grew up in Barnstable Village here on Cape Cod. After graduating from Barnstable High School in 1977 she studied at Bates College in Maine. Her college life included a Varsity Letter in Lacrosse as goal tender and a year-abroad at the University of Aberdeen, Scotland during which she enjoyed traveling to Ireland, England, France, Germany and Spain. She completed her undergraduate studies with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. She matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine in 1981. Accepted into an experimental program of just 13 students at PENN, she enjoyed working as a dental assistant with a senior classmate, and seeing patients of her own during freshman year. This was a new concept in education funded by the PEW Foundation which later became the model for all future dental education. The model included a 5th year during which students worked as Master Clinicians and also as instructors. The training was designed to provide General Dentists with the skills needed to work in rural areas, far from Dental Specialists.
In 1986, Cheryl began her employment with Lower Cape Dental Associates, with offices in Orleans and Provincetown. She taught at Harvard School of Dental Medicine each week in the Department of Oral Diagnosis and began to care for patients that suffered from a virus that was still unnamed. In just a few years, it would be named: Human Immunodeficiency Virus. HIV changed everything. Patients were suffering. There was no cure and barely a treatment. People were afraid. In 1988, the owners offered to sell the Provincetown practice and despite over $100,000 in student loan debt, Cheryl said Yes. The practice, renamed Provincetown Dental Associates, served the young, old, sick and well. Sometimes the bill did not get paid. Sometimes, it was paid…with fish. But folks were cared for. And cared for well. Cheryl’s practice accepted MassHealth, Ryan White Care Act, and contracted with Helping Our Women to provide services for those in her community with need.
In 2010, Cheryl was approached by Outer Cape Health Services and asked to work as Dental Director and also to rent space in her private practice while they built a new 5 chair dental clinic on Harry Kemp Way. Cheryl said Yes and served OCHS for the next 8 years until the clinic transitioned to Harbor Health. Spring of 2020, another virus has struck our world. Along with all Massachusetts dental practices, the office closed in March and remains closed this summer.
Cheryl was appointed to the Provincetown Board of Health in 1990. In the midst of a public health crisis, a number of downtown clubs and restaurants had failing septic systems and were putting their patrons at risk. Working with like-minded Health Board members, Cheryl lead the effort to enforce compliance, including shutting down 7 different establishments. It was tough work but needed to be done. The call to build a small sewer in Provincetown got louder and Cheryl was appointed to the new Citizens Advisory Committee on Wastewater and later, the Water & Sewer Board in 1997. In 1998, Cheryl was elected to her first term on the Board of Selectmen. Many difficult issues were on the table but gaining political support for building the new sewer was job one and ground was broken for the system spring of 2002. Cheryl’s service continued after she left the Board due to term limits in 2007. She was elected to the Local Housing Authority serving 7 years and was elected to the Barnstable County Assembly of Delegates in 2010 and again in 2012. She served on the Cape Cod Water Protection Collaborative, a County agency, from 2006 – 2010.
Amidst serious political turmoil in Provincetown, Cheryl decided to run for the Board of Selectmen again and served from 2014 – 2019. She currently serves as Provincetown’s representative on the Cape Cod Commission.
And For Fun
Cheryl traced and studied her family tree and discovered that the first Andrews that arrived from England, Lt. John Andrews, served as Chairman of the Board of Selectmen in Ipswich in 1687. He, along with 5 other town officials, was jailed by the Governor of New England when the Town Meeting refused to pay what they felt was an unlawful tax demanded by King James II. The action of these brave and courageous men has been called “The Foundation of American Democracy.”
Cheryl’s mom descends from two passengers that sailed on the Mayflower in 1620, Elder Wm. Brewster and Stephen Hopkins. The Hopkins, along with a few of the Brewster grandchildren, moved from Plymouth to Eastham and founded many of the early Cape Cod families.
Cheryl enjoys the sea and holds a 100 ton Master Mariner License from the United States Coast Guard. She has taught Marine Navigation and is a member of the USCG Auxiliary including service as Vice Commander. From 2011 to 2019, Cheryl organized The Great Provincetown Schooner Regatta, an annual sailing event in Gloucester and Provincetown. She owns a 35 foot Fuji Ketch named ‘Sabbatical’.