Cheryl was double majoring in German and Linguistics at UT Austin. Her areas of interest included phonetics, phonology and language acquisition. As a native Texan whose family immigrated to Texas from Germany and spoke fluent German until two generations ago, she feels strongly about the importance of studying and preserving Texas German. Her outside interests include piano performance, painting, and drawing. She currently lives in Austin, works in software as a User Interface Designer, and she's mom.