Cheryl Merritt graduated from McMurry University with a degree in Business Administration. After graduating, she worked as an auditor at a local accounting firm. She gained experience in a wide array of accounting work, focusing in audits of governmental and non-profit entities. In October 2002, she launched her own business, now known as Merritt, McLane and Hamby, P.C.. Cheryl is married to wonderful man, Matt Merritt, and has four children; Shawna, Chris, Tyler and Lanie. She also has six grandchildren. She is a member at Hillcrest Church of Christ. She has been involved with teaching bible class and various other activities. She is currently on the board of the Better Business Bureau and Sanctuary Ministries. She has traveled to India to help further the missions of Sanctuary Ministries. Cheryl enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, running, and gardening.