Meet the Board
President: Cherise Gunnerson
Cherise Gunnerson is a native of New York and is a current resident of Lithonia, GA. She graduated from Fisher College with a degree in Health Information Technology and has worked in the medical field for 19 years. Cherise is a loving mother of five daughters, Jahlanti (21), Janyla (10), Jenesis (7), Jia (1) and Jordyn. In memory of her daughter Jordyn Rose, as well as her sister Tamika Emily and in honor of her daughter Jia Irie (all born with a CHD), Cherise founded CHFGA and is committed to supporting CHF’s mission to raise funding for life saving research and awareness.
Vice President: Kristen Vicknair
Kristen Vicknair currently lives in Dacula, Georgia. She graduated from the University of West Georgia with a degree in Early Childhood Education. Kristen is married to her best friend and college sweetheart Devin. Together they have two boys, Cameron (12) and Jackson (10). Kristen is a proud mom of a heart warrior (Jackson) who was born with a CHD. She is passionate about increasing CHD awareness and educating others about CHD. She is honored to have the opportunity to help other families raise money and advocate to help save children’s lives one heart at a time!!
Treasurer: Melody Nuñez
Melody Nuñez was born and raised in Queens, New York. She is married to Jesse Nuñez and together they have two children Cameron (15) and Jada (12). She has lived in metro Atlanta for 21 years, loves to exercise and eat healthy, and is an avid vegan.
After obtaining a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Bauder College in Atlanta, Melody went on to manage business for retailers such as Lancôme Cosmetics and Victoria Secret Beauty. She then took her talents and expertise in retail to co-found a women’s apparel company which is currently sold across the United States. She returned to school and obtained a BA with a concentration in Accounting in 2012, from Bauder College. She currently works as an independent consultant helping small businesses grow with a clear understanding of “the numbers” and small business tax solutions. Melody brings to her new position two years of experience in fundraising with her work as a Board Member and Vice President of Parental Involvement and Fundraising chair with her local PTA.
Secretary: Keri Jefferson
Medical Advisory Board
Dr. Ian Balfour