For 30 years Cherryl has worked to improve the quality of life for people living in rural communities through access to education and health care, and increased economic opportunities.
Graduated from Arizona State University, magna cum laude, with a BS degree in Agriculture Industry, Cherryl worked with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) where she started as an Agriculture Management Specialist in the 1970s. She later managed a statewide program of property management and contracting services for the USDA. She transferred to Oregon in 1988 where she accepted a position as Hearings Officer for the National Appeals Staff of the Farmers Home Administration (USDA). Cherryl also received a Certificate in Administrative Law Adjudication from the National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada and attended Willamette University College of Law.
In 2000 Cherryl was elected to the Oregon State Legislature where she served until January, 2003. During the 2001 legislative session she was Chair of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Civil Law and served on four other committees.
In 1999 Cherryl spent six weeks in southern Africa where she explored and documented the culture and economy in four different nations: South Africa; Zimbabwe; Namibia; and, Botswana. In February 2003 she traveled to Cuba with her husband where she studied the government, culture, and healthcare system. She has also traveled in England, Scotland and made two trips to Mexico, one as a Rotary International Group Study Exchange Leader to study the rural culture. In 2007 she and her husband returned to Africa for six weeks and located a village in Botswana where they built a day care center that was completed in 2010, with an afterschool program for AIDs orphans aged 6 – 12.
Since 1988 Cherryl has worked on various community projects in the Rogue Valley and has served on the boards of many local non-profit organizations. She also served as Chair of the Josephine County Planning Commission and as a member of the Josephine County budget committee. Her dedication to our community is evident in her involvement in many local organizations and charitable events including: American Association of University Women; Zonta Club of Grants Pass; Bright Futures Foundation; Rotary Club of Grants Pass; Josephine Community Library; to name a few.
Her interests include photography, travel, reading and keeping in touch with her children and 12 grandchildren.
Address & Contact Information
Josephine County Courthouse
500 NW 6th Street
Grants Pass, OR 97526
Phone: (541) 474-5221
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