Cheraton Love was born on June 5, 1983 in Houston, Texas. At age 4, she moved to Charlotte, North Carolina. She graduated from Independence High School in 2001. Cheraton earned a B.S. degree in Molecular Biology from Winston-Salem State University in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from Wake Forest University in 2010.
Cheraton and her husband, Brad McNease, moved back to his hometown of Thomasville, NC in 2011 to be near family as they raise their three daughters: Zoe, Lily and Rosie.
Cheraton is the Dean of First-Year Students and Advising Services at Winston-Salem State University. In this role, she advises, assists and advocates for the needs of the all students. Her role specifically focuses on ensuring that the freshmen acclimate to collegiate life. She supervises a staff of professional advisors who assist students by working with them to understand their course requirements and help address additional needs such as how to navigate through important University processes. She also enjoys teaching General Biology to pre-STEM and Nursing students.
Related to volunteer work, she stays engaged in both Forsyth and Davidson Counties.
She serves on the Grant Writing committee and is a member of the Women’s Fund of Winston-Salem. She has been a Senior Academy mentor, a program sponsored by the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, to graduating high school seniors for two years.
Cheraton works with the Superintendent of Thomasville City Schools by serving on the Parent Advisory Council to discuss crucial needs of parents and families related to the school district. Previously, Cheraton was the President of the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) at Thomasville Primary School for the two academic years (2015-’16, 2016-’17). Cheraton serves as a Board of Directors member for two nonprofit organizations: Davidson County Community Action as well as Arts Davidson County. Cheraton has served as the Third Vice Chair on the Executive Committee of the Davidson County Democratic Party since 2017.
Cheraton enjoys spending time with her family, reading, writing, working with youth and volunteering in her community.