Cherington is a native of Greenville and recently returned to the area after living in Asia and New York City. She achieved a Master of Science in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University and a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Mass Communications from Samford University. After graduate school, Cherington was selected to be a Henry Luce Scholar in Guangzhou, China. After traveling in Asia, she spent a decade working in New York City with Eagle Capital Management, LLC, an asset management firm founded by Ravenel and Beth Curry and then, Keeling & Associates, LLC a higher education consulting firm. Cherington is married to ceramic artist, Darin R. Gehrke and they have one daughter.