Cheryl has been a member of the San Antonio Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas since 2008 and has also been an Alamo Area Master Naturalist since 2007.
Cheryl co-founded the Balcones Satellite of the Invaders of Texas Program in 2010. Since that time, teams of volunteer citizen scientists have eradicated more than 200,000 invasive plants from city, state and national parks in the San Antonio area. They have also created demonstration native plant and pollinator gardens. She previously served on the NPSOT Invasives Committee to build resources for NPSOT members.
Cheryl has presented more than 100 invasive/native plant workshops at the local, state and national level since 2009. She is an instructor for the Alamo Area Master Naturalist Training classes and has taught both Level I and Level IV Native Landscape Certification Program classes in San Antonio.
In 2011 Cheryl received the Outstanding Citizen Scientist Award from the Texas Invasive Plants and Pest Council (TIPPC) and the NPSOT President’s Award of Excellence. In 2015, she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Obama for contributing more than 4,000 volunteer hours to the master naturalist program.