Cheryl has 30-plus years of experience in education and education policy, covering today’s most pressing issues. She spent the first ten years of her career teaching career and technical education and family economics, which made her an unwavering advocate for quality education for all students. She worked at the U.S. Department of Education where she evaluated programs seeking to close the achievement gap for at-risk youth. As her children grew, she spent 15 years as an active volunteer in FCPS. A firm believer that FCPS should uphold rigorous academic standards and programs, Cheryl served as Chair for the Government Relations Committee at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology (TJ), where she successfully increased the Commonwealth’s funding for TJ.
Cheryl also spent over 25 years working with nonprofit organizations, where she helped them translate good intentions into measurable outcomes. She currently serves as Vice President of Social Capital Valuations, LLC and previously worked at United Way of America and has volunteered for numerous grassroots efforts. She believes compassion should be measured by transformed lives, not by the amount of private donor or taxpayer dollars spent. She will bring this results-oriented, fiscally responsible focus to the Fairfax County School Board.
Cheryl and her husband, Kevin, have lived in Vienna for nearly 20 years. Kevin holds a Senior Executive role in the Federal Government. Her two children attended and graduated from FCPS. Her son has gone on to graduate from Virginia Tech and serves as an officer in the United States Marine Corps; her daughter went on to graduate from Carnegie Mellon University and works in the financial sector. Cheryl’s 90-year-old Mother now lives with the family.