Santiera Brown-Yearling, is a native of Suffolk, Virginia that lives in Chesapeake, Virginia and proudly serves the community through civic engagement. She is known as an influential leader with a growth mindset that enjoys mentoring, volunteering, and partnering with community organizations. In 2018, she was appointed by the Commonwealth of Virginia under Governor Northam administration to serve as a board member and currently serve as the Chair for the Respiratory Advisory Board where she governs the scope of practice for respiratory therapists. She is a strong and committed professional that has a passion for research, education, community collaboration, and citizen engagement.
In 2008, Santiera earned her Bachelor of Arts from Virginia Wesleyan University, and in 2011, she graduated from Tidewater Community College with an Associates of Applied Science in Respiratory Therapy. She received her advanced degree in 2017 from the University of Maryland Global Campus with a Master of Science in Healthcare Administration with Honors. She recently earned a Master of Arts in Law with a concentration in healthcare from Regent University. Santiera hopes to challenge the status quo and support initiatives that address the overarching concerns of health care disparities, education, economics, and accessibility of equitable services and resources.
Santiera is an active member at First Baptist Church Mahan, Suffolk, Virginia formerly known as “112”. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, IncorporatedⓇ (Lambda Gamma Omega chapter), member of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Chesapeake Democratic Women (CDW), and Women’s Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce (WDHRCC). She was selected to serve on Sentara Diversity and Inclusion Council at Sentara Leigh as the Co-Chair for the Multicultural and Communications Committee, and during the summer of 2019-2021, she partnered with the Women’s Center at Tidewater Community College to volunteer for the Women Inspiring Self-Empowerment (WISE) program to mentor a student who desires to work in healthcare and improve their leadership skills. Recently, she was appointed to serve a four-year term on the Chesapeake Commission on Health and Well Being.
While living in Chesapeake, she has been able to serve the community, inspire the next generation, and use resources to make a positive impact. Santiera is dedicated to using her personal experience, community outreach, advanced education, and successes to contribute to meaningful principles of good governance. She believes there is much work to be done and with integrity, compassion, and authenticity she wants to do more listening and more caring to elevate voices of the community.