Born and raised on Oahu, Cherie graduated from Kamehameha Schools and earned a B.S. in Business Administration from the College of Notre Dame. She began her career in college admissions counseling in 1990 and worked at universities on the mainland and locally for 25 years. In 1997, Cherie returned home to become the Assistant Director of Admissions at Hawaii Pacific University, and assumed the Director role two years later. At HPU, Cherie managed a team of 40. During this time, Cherie was an active member in the National Association of College Admission Counseling and served on the National Committee on Ethics, and was an active member in the Hawaii Association of College Admission Counseling. In 2005, Cherie joined Argosy University Hawaii as the Director of Admissions, supporting the university’s growth and development. She managed the admissions department for four years before transitioning to Director of Student Services. Cherie oversaw Argosy University’s continuing student population and managed five staff members dedicated to supporting student success from orientation to graduation. Throughout Cherie’s time at Argosy University, she witnessed the school thrive and grow student enrollment from less than 300 to nearly 900 students, with a presence on five islands throughout the Pacific. In July 2015, Cherie transitioned from the higher education to pursue a new career with Healthways as the Community Program Manager for Blue Zones Project Koolaupoko. In this role, Cherie works alongside colleagues and community leaders who are passionate about improving the well-being of their community.