A native of Kent County, Texas, where her father was the County Sheriff, Sheryl has lived her adult life in North Carolina, having lived in Charlotte prior to moving to the Triangle. Before law school, she worked for the AT&T family of companies, including Southern Bell and BellSouth.
Sheryl earned her undergraduate degree from Belmont Abbey College and her Juris Doctorate degree from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in North Carolina, she is a Board Certified Family Law Specialist, a Certified Superior Court Mediator, a Family Financial Mediator and a trained Collaborative Law practitioner
Since 1998, Sheryl has served as a peer counselor volunteer with the North Carolina Lawyers Assistance Program, a subcommittee of the North Carolina State Bar, which provides confidential assistance to North Carolina lawyers to help identify and address problems with alcoholism, other drug addictions, and mental health disorders. She has served two terms on the state Governing Board of the Lawyers Assistance Program.
Her training with the Lawyers Assistance Program has given Sheryl deeper insight into the impact substance abuse and mental health issues have on the entire family. Experience representing clients who are coping with substance abuse or mental health issues – and representing clients who have a spouse suffering with substance abuse or mental health issues – has given Sheryl an understanding of how those issues affect the dynamics of a family law case.
When she is not working, Sheryl enjoys reading, browsing thrift stores and caring for her pets, Ziva, Lovey, BBLuke, and her parakeet Jonah, each of whom was rescued. Sheryl is passionate about animals and over the past two decades has provided forever homes for dozens of dogs, cats, one parakeet and various livestock. During the warm weather months, you might find her at an outdoor Bluegrass festival or at a Durham Bulls game.
Juris Doctor, North Carolina Central University
Bachelors in Business Administration, Belmont Abbey College