Cheralyn was born with Cone Dystrophy. She had a typical upbringing and was held to the same expectations as her peers and nine siblings. She progressed through the Utah public school system receiving family and special education support. However, she found herself lacking the confidence necessary to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher. In college she became acquainted with the National Federation of the Blind. Surrounding herself with successful blind adults changed her life dramatically. Shortly thereafter, she accepted a position in Davis School District teaching Special Education. She taught and consulted for five years. She then accepted a position with the Utah State Office of Education. Among her many responsibilities, she served as the Vision Impairment Specialist for over 3 years. Because of the impact the NFB had on her own life, she is committed to helping others to recognize and achieve their own potential. After coordinating the Utah network for Mentoring Excellence (U’nME), she helped initiate Project STRIVE. Involvement in programs such as these, she hopes that today’s youth will have the skills and confidence she lacked at their age. Cheralyn is the proud mother of Chase and Amelia Creer. Chase and Amelia inherited their mother’s eyes so she is even more determined to improve the quality of education and opportunities for blind and visually impaired children in the state of Utah.