Cherie Medina loves people, and believes that, with a little hope and faith, anyone can change. That’s why she has spent the past 16 years serving as a probation officer with Riverside County Probation. Ms. Medina grew up with family issues and people who didn’t understand her pain, so she is able to relate to her clients’ issues. She considers her heart to be her greatest strength; she is always on the side of the underdog, and she is an advocate when things are done unfairly.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Medina has earned a number of accolades, including the Burt Van Horn Award for outstanding performance, Divisional Employee of the Year, Probation Officer of the Year, and Woman of Distinction. She is also an honored member of The International Women’s Leadership Association, Strathmore Who’s Who, and Phi Beta Kappa. To prepare for her career, Ms. Medina earned a master’s degree in psychology and a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice, which she received with honors. When Ms. Medina isn’t working, she enjoys being with her children and grandchildren, spending time at the beach, the mountains and outdoors, and watching the San Diego Chargers. She also supports Mad Hands, which is a nonprofit organization where she teaches art to kids.
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