News: Graphics artist makes work easy with passion, a smile
Story by Cpl. Thomas Bricker
BARSTOW, Calif. - Many leave home to travel the world, hoping to find their passion and purpose in life.
Cheryle Magorno, a graphics specialist aboard Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow did just that. At a young age, she trekked across the country and returned to where her heart resided with a job she’s waited her whole life to get; one that she loves.
“We moved to Barstow in 1950, right after I was born [in Oklahoma] and I spent my entire life growing up in Barstow,” Magorno explained. “It wasn’t until after I graduated high school that I started moving places,” she added.
Between 1969 and 1980, Magorno traveled and took up jobs in different cities but none had the appeal she had been searching for.
“I got a first glimpse of what I wanted to do while taking classes at a technical college that taught me desktop publishing. That’s when I knew what I wanted to do for a living.”
Magorno, now married, was about to embark on the next chapter of her life; one that would bring her a little closer to the job she’d always wanted.
“In 1995, my husband and I went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba to work for five years. He was with the human resources office while I worked as a marketing specialist with [Morale, Welfare, and Recreation] services,” she explained. “It was so nice there; one of the best places I think I’ve ever been in my life,” she added.
Though her travels of the west and overseas were life changing and adventurous, she returned home and fulfilled her passion.
“I came back to Barstow and was working here at the base for a while [with Marine Corps Community Services] as a marketing representative,” she explained. “After a year, I left to work at Fort Irwin for a bit but came back in 2002 for the job I have now.”
Known as the “The Graphics Lady” or “Ms. Cheri” throughout the installation, Magorno has become a key part in the daily operations since she began working here. Her bubbly personality and the love she has for her job combined with the quality of work she produces has not gone unnoticed.
“I’ve only been here a few months and I’ve worked with Cheri numerous times already,” said Sgt. Maj. Richard Charron, MCLB Barstow base sergeant major. “She’s great to work with, has a great personality, and she just creates a good atmosphere around her; one that’s good to work in.”
The first impression of Magorno to the lasting one has never changed for those who have worked with her the longest.
“She knows her job and she does it well,” explained Rob Jackson, the public affairs officer aboard MCLB Barstow and Magorno’s supervisor. “She loves her work so much; sometimes we have to tell her to slow down,” he added jokingly.
As the graphics specialist, the job involves designing signs, logos, event programs, and posters for the base. Her collateral duties include working with the Voluntary Protection Programs in designing and publishing a quarterly newsletter on base, and she’s also the fire warden and works with the supervisor on the department’s annual budget. In several years, Magorno would like to end this chapter of her life at MCLB Barstow, but it doesn’t mean the end of her days as a graphics designer.
“I’d like to open up a web-based business to design logos and other works of art after I retire from Barstow,” she explained. “Artistic ability runs in my family. It’s not something I can just turn off,” she said with a smile.