Cheri stepped into the role of Conservation Advocacy Chair in 2017, in response to the organization’s efforts to preserve and enhance green infrastructure planning in Loudoun County’s latest Comprehensive Plan. She has been a member of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy since 2000, participating in Christmas Bird Counts and International Migratory Bird Day walks. She served on the Board as Secretary from 2007-2008.
She completed the Virginia Master Naturalist program, and developed and taught children’s nature classes at Ida Lee Recreation Center. She has volunteered her advertising/marketing skills to promote a Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center program. Her interest in advocacy began in her 20’s, with her first letter to her congressman, advocating for sustainable fishing of our oceans. Her passion was further ignited by attending Virginia Conservation Network’s annual General Assembly Preview, and taking an online Introduction to Environmental Law and Policy course. From Cheri’s point of view, issues such as health and economy are inextricably linked to our environment. She loves exploring Loudoun’s rich habitats via hiking, mountain biking and paddling.