Cheryl grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho, a fourth generation Idahoan, where, if she wasn’t in school or asleep, she was outdoors. Cheryl received a BA in Psychology from Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA; a M.Ed. in Human Services (Counseling) from Boston University; and a PhD in Adult Education from the University of Idaho. She has lived in Okinawa, Nurnberg and Stuttgart Germany as well as West Virginia, Arizona, and Texas, and is now living in Portland, Oregon.
Her professional background is in Strategic Planning; Organizational Development; Grant Writing; and Program planning, implementation and evaluation and education. She has served as staff or Board for several different nonprofits and enjoys developing new programs and trying to figure out how to make them successful.
When Cheryl moved to Oregon in 2005, she bought a condo, which she soon discovered is within the acquisition boundary of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. She joined the Friends group, becoming a Board Member and serving as Chair of the Store Committee when the store was still just part of a blueprint for the new Wildlife Center. She was President of the Board of the Friends Group from 2011 until 2016 and was a member of Friends Academy 6 at the National Conservation Training Center. The Friends of Tualatin River NWR celebrated its 20th Anniversary as a Friends Group in 2013 and was honored to be the NWRA Friends Group of the Year for 2014.
Cheryl loves to travel and recently came back from 3 1/2 weeks in Thailand, Lao, and Burma, which brought the total number of countries she has visited or lived in to 80. Besides spending time with family—son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons—she also sings in a community choir.