Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: Virtual Lab Training Center for the April 25th NonProfit Commons Meeting

This Friday, April 25th, TechSoup’s NonProfit Commons in Second Life is happy to celebrate Medical Laboratory Professionals week ( by featuring Sally S. Cherry, BS, MT (ASCP), SarVana Haalan in Second Life. Sally will be presenting on her Virtual Laboratory for Training, Career Recruitment and Retention, focused on medical laboratory professionals and projects.

About the Virtual Laboratory Training, Career Recruitment and Retention (VLTC) Project

VLTC is the ongoing real life to virtual worlds “Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real” (R2V2R) integration of clinical laboratory training; information sharing; and laboratory career development by Cherry Consulting Network. The virtual-based component known as the Virtual Laboratory Training and Career Center includes Ms. BugLady’s Micro Lab (STI laboratory training) and “Ms. BugLady’s Lab Career Centers I/II” (medical lab career development and recruitment). The Virtual Laboratory Training and Career (VLTC) Center was developed and is managed by STD/STI Laboratory Consultant/Instructor, Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP) with the “in-world” assistance of 3D avatars, Sally Cherry (Kitely),  SarVana Haalan (Second Life) and Sarvana Cherry (JokaydiaGRID).

Presenter BIO – Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP)

As a laboratory/social media health consultant, Sally S. Cherry, MT(ASCP) is interested in the integration of social media and 3D virtual world platforms within real life and virtual-based programs and projects especially for nonprofits and public health. Over the years, Ms. Cherry’s professional experience and interest in laboratory science has led to a diverse public health career as a laboratory coordinator (Baltimore City Health Department – Bureau of Disease Control), international medical consultant (JHPIEGO and Columbia University), national STI laboratory consultant/instructor (STI/HIV Prevention Training Center at Johns Hopkins sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – CDC), HIV/AIDS project manager, and health communications advocate. Her interest in technology and social media fuel her mission to integrate social media and 3D virtual worlds technology into nonprofit and public health projects as well as providing social media capacity building, training, and marketing. In addition, 

Sally’s mission fueled the development of an HIV/AIDS capacity building and awareness program, “Community HIV/AIDS Resource Exchange (CHARE) Project” as well as “Community Health Technology Awareness Resource Exchange (CHeTARE) Project”, a health technology capacity building, awareness and training program. She conducts “Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real” Workshops to provide a better understanding of 3D virtual worlds and to instruct how to integrate the technology into collaborative projects, outreach, marketing, networking, and other real life projects. This includes a capacity building program, training activities, and HIV/AIDS awareness project through various virtual environments created within Kitely.


Join us in Second Life! 

Nonprofit Commons Weekly Meeting

Friday, April 25th, 8:30 AM PT / SLT

Plush Nonprofit Commons Amphitheater


AGENDA (all times below PT)

  • 8:30 am Introductions
  • 8:40 am TechSoup Announcements
  • 8:45 am Mentors Central 
  • 9:00 am Featured Presentation – Medical Laboratory Professionals Week: Real to Virtual; Virtual to Real in the Lab
  • 9:45 am Open Mic / Announcements

Immediately following the meeting, we will tour the VLTC Project in the virtual world of Kitely ( To prepare for this, you can create an account at and have an OpenSim compatible viewer such as Singularity or Firestorm viewer.  See this for help on creating an account and logging in:

The mission of the Nonprofit Commons in Second Life is to create a community for nonprofits to explore and learn about virtual worlds, foster connections, and discover the many ways in which nonprofits might utilize the unique environment of Second Life to achieve their missions. 

Written by: Rhiannon Chatnoir