Cherise graduated in 1997 from the department of Agricultural Economics at Purdue University. Prior to that, she grew up on a small fruit/vegetable/tree farm in Waynetown, IN. In 1998 she was hired on at Purdue University as the USDA Projects Administrator and has worked in various jobs in the business office in Agriculture. Cherise was named the Director of Financial Affairs in 2008. She resides south of Lafayette with her two sons.