Cherisa I. Jerez is a proud Latina originally from Miami, Florida. Her mother, a native New Yorker, blessed her with both Irish & Puerto Rican roots, while her father—a Cuban immigrant, inspired her to embrace the culture of the Caribbean. These multi-cultural influences, including growing up on the West Texas border in El Paso, have shaped her desire to bring Latino & Latina characters to life in her stories.
She commissioned as a 2LT in the US Army Signal Corps in 2005 and after completing three years on active duty she transitioned to the US Army Reserves earning the rank of Major in 2017.
In 2008, Cherisa transitioned from active-duty military service to manufacturing, working in a series of roles of increasing responsibility in the US and Puerto Rico.
She holds an BS in Accounting from University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), an MBA from Webster University and a Doctorate in International Business from Liberty University.
When not writing, she currently serves as Co-founder and Vice President for Ashire Technologies & Services, Inc. She lives in St. Cloud, FL with her husband, youngest daughter and beloved Shih Tzus.