Sheryl is a native of Oconee County, SC, and her ancestors are among the earliest settlers of the area surrounding Lake Jocassee. Her father was a Duke Power employee who worked on construction of Oconee Nuclear Station before moving the family to North Carolina in 1972. Some of Sheryl’s earliest memories are of starry nights camping along the Chattooga river at Burrell’s Ford campground, swimming in the clear, cold mountain lakes during the summer, and spending most of her time outside. College, raising kids, and work occupied her until her children fledged the nest and started their own journeys, and then Sheryl returned to Oconee County to be closer to her parents. You may have seen her around Chattooga Belle Farm, where she works part time at the farm store, or you may recognize her from her previous job at Head-Lee Nursery. In 2015, she completed the Upstate Master Naturalist program. Sheryl is also a SC Adopt-A-Stream volunteer and regularly monitors two local streams. Currently, she and her mother live in Tamassee Valley, at the base of one of the first wagon trails to climb into the southern Blue Ridge Mountains.