Cherrise's compassion and empowering others shines forth in her work with families for nearly 15 years since earning her Bachelors in Social Work from D'Youville College in 2001. Her supervisors and co-workers deemed her the "guru" of community resources. She is fierce in her devotion to research all means for the betterment of the clients she serves. Her extensive knowledge of the human service system proves to be an asset when working with cancer patients in securing services that will benefit socially, emotionally and financially.
Being entrepreneurial minded she received her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2012. Embracing values such as integrity, respect, optimism, commitment, innovation, holding others in high esteem Cherrise has earned great favor amongst her peers, family and clients she assists. Endowed with these positive character traits she has been found to be trustworthy and competent to get the job at hand done. Having irresistible charm and bubbly nature, Cherrise's personality is magnetic and engaging. In July of 2014 Cherrise was diagnosed with breast cancer and was thrust into the fight of her life. Her treatment consisted of chemotherapy, double mastectomy, complete hysterectomy, radiation and other surgeries to come. In the midst of her own battle she mustered up the strength to champion for other cancer patients and started the non profit organization Curls in November 2014 and incorporated as Our Curls, Inc. in March 2015. All services provided is to fill deficient services available specifically to women of color with cancer: free ethnic wigs, free wig trimming, free makeover sessions, support groups, referrals to programs and services available to cancer patients and more to come. Our Curls, Inc. held its launch event in July 26, 2015. Cherrise has already begun holding support groups, referring cancer patients to services, donating chemo care bags to CCS and monies to Northtown Pregnancy Center. Cherrise is happily married to her wonderful husband, Leonard Betters for 12 years. She has three beautiful and bright children worthy of a reality show - Angelia, Evan and Aaron.