At the crack of dawn one Summer morning in August of 1990, the wail of a precious baby girl pierced through the halls of the Maternity Ward at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation in sunny Georgetown, Guyana. Fast forward 24 years later, this once wailing baby girl has now transformed into a strong compassionate and very driven young woman, on a mission to effect positive change. However, before migrating to the United States in the Spring of 2006, Cherese James spent her entire childhood and early teenage years growing up in a quiet village outside of Guyana’s bustling capital city. Coming from very humble beginnings, she explained that “though circumstances weren’t always the best,” she was always happy and contented as there was always love in the home.” This experience she said, “has been invaluable in helping to shape my character and has taught me some of the very values I still hold dear today.”
Currently a Vascular Surgeon Assistant at the New York Vein Centre, saving lives and making a difference is what Cherese enjoys best and has hopes of one day becoming a Vascular Surgeon herself. She possesses a strong passion for Equality, which has driven her to the advocate and raise awareness for persons living with disability. The tenacity and deep passion she displays while advocating for such individuals, has resulted in her appointment as Ambassador of the Guyana Association for the Visually Impaired (GAVI) in May of 2014. Cherese, being no stranger to pageantry, has decided to participate in the Miss Caribbean US Pageant as she sees it as a celebration of the diverse beauty, Talent and intelligence of different women who have not lost their identity. She believes “the sky is not the limit, there’s room beyond the stars.”
Hobbies and Interest: modeling, acting, dancing, reading, playing cricket and cooking.
Community Service: feeding the homeless, donating clothes to orphanages, fundraising (NYC), volunteered for two months at Ptolemy Reid Rehabilitation Centre (Guyana), and advocate for disabilities.