After graduating from BYU, Cherstyn lived in Washington, DC for ten years, working for members of both the House and the Senate. After Washington, she gained subsequent experience working with a Political Action Committee (PAC) in California, a PAC in Salt Lake City, then a think tank, The Sutherland Institute, and later joining their governing body, the GFC Foundation as Partner and Government Relations Manager. Cherstyn then joined Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.) for three years as their Director of Development, and that experience led her and her husband to ultimately create a new non-profit charity called Dahlia’s Hope; a complete aftercare program here in Utah for survivors of sex trafficking. Cherstyn has served as a delegate in her local precinct, as Chair of her local high school’s Community Council, and on the board of her children’s charter school. She and her husband, Matt, reside in Pleasant Grove and are the parents of six children.