Cherise is from Darwin in the Northern Territory. She is a Mak Mak Marraanungu woman on her father's side and a traditional owner of the country in and between the town of Batchelor and the western Northern Territory coastline (Area 1 and Area 2 in the Finniss River Land Claim and the sizeable portion of the land formally called the "Wagait Reserve"). Additionally, on her mother's side, she is a Tiwi Islander.
Cherise is a Lead Facilitator for Cultural Competence workshops.
Cherise was a founding member of AIPA's Steering Committee.