While earning her Bachelor of Science in Health Science at SUNY Cortland, NY, she concentrated on environmental emergency response programs. She is a Certified Chemical Hygiene Officer with over 25 years of extensive experience interpreting and applying governmental regulations for environmental, health, and safety compliance, emergency planning and response, hazardous materials, and waste management. Also having experience as a volunteer Emergency Medical Technician in NY and PA, she has hands-on experience with the proven ability to accomplish multiple priorities in hectic and emergent situations that ensure safe, clear, and concise response, mitigation, and collaboration through transparent communication. Cherise believes in providing quality leadership and demonstrates this by supporting diversity, teamwork, inclusivity, creativity, and multi-cultural environments. In her spare time, as an avid outdoors woman, she enjoys gardening, preserving/canning food and foraging for wild edible and medicinal plants.