Cheryl Wilson is a member of Anne Ray Foundation’s Akaloa Program Committee. Anne Ray Foundation and Margaret A Cargill Foundation operate under the umbrella of Margaret A. Cargill Philanthropies (MACP). Akaloa Program Committee focuses on giving to organizations in Southern California that were important to the organization’s founder, Margaret Cargill, during her lifetime.
Cheryl brings a lifetime of experience as a nurse and hospital administrator. In 2021, she retired as President and CEO of St. Paul’s Senior Services after more than 30 years of service, where her passion and tenacity took the organization from a small independent living community with 45 staff serving 200 seniors, to a revolutionary San Diego landmark in senior care. Today, St. Paul’s Senior Services is the largest San Diego based nonprofit exclusively dedicated to senior care.
Cheryl dedicated her career to the care of seniors. She earned a registered nursing degree from Prince Henry’s Nursing School in Australia and bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Redlands. Her nursing career took her to the Australian outback and New Guinea where she treated extreme medical cases under primitive conditions.
Over the years, Cheryl’s work in healthcare has been highly recognized. She has won awards such as the Women Together Award, Salvation Army Woman of Dedication, Tribute to Women in Industry, Mentor of the Year, and most recently Women in Leadership. She extends her passion for senior healthcare on multiple boards and committees, including The Global Aging Network, LeadingAge California, Retirement Housing Foundation, Institute for Senior Living, and Doris A. Howell Foundation. Cheryl is a member of LeadingAge National, National PACE Association, and a board member of Christ Church Day School, CalPACE, and the Global Aging Network. She also served on the Akaloa Foundation and Anne Ray Charitable Trust boards in the 2000s.