Personal InformationName: Elizabeth "Lily" Cherenzhenko
Position: Commanding Officer
Age: 57 (Terran Years)
Birthplace: Earth; Lawton Oklahoma
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Hazel
Physical Build: Height 5'7", Weight 137 lbs. Lily is of pretty average build and she carries her years well; with her high features and clear skin, she doesn't look 55 +. She's very fit but the fact she's a mother is evident.
- Cameron University: Bachelors of Science / Doctorate of Medicine
- Starfleet Academy: Major - Physiology / Biology & Xenobiology
- Starfleet Academy: Minor - Pilot
- Specialist Skills - Specialized in exotic diseases and emergency medicine / disaster relief. Advanced Command training.
- USS Venture - Cadet Cruise
- USS Epsilon - Medical Officer
- USS Alejandro - Assist. Chief Medical Officer
- USS Alejandro - Chief Medical Officer
- Humanitarian mission of mercy in Dominion space
- USS Nikitinov - Chief Medical Officer
- USS Nikitinov - Acting Captain
- USS Wolverine - First Officer
- USS Wolverine - Captain
Azeri Fleet Command Training Completed
Missions Completed for Azeri Fleet
Lily Cherenzhenko (pronounced 'sharon-SHANE-ko') was born Elizabeth Anne Spencer to Kelly and Kathryn Spencer of Lawton Oklahoma on Earth. She's the oldest of four children. Growing up her younger siblings couldn't pronounce her name correctly, calling her "Lilabeth." Her parents shortened that to "Lily" but even after the children were grown the nickname stuck and now she only uses her given name on legal records.
Lily was a homebody growing up. She spent all of her schooling either in Lawton itself and neighboring suburbs. She loved medicine so after finishing her Bachelors she went straight into med school and graduated with her Doctorate very soon after. She was significantly older than what's considered "standard" when she joined Starfleet - she'd spent her internship and residency at Comanche County Memorial Hospital and then decided to enroll in the Academy in the hopes of becoming an instructor at Starfleet Medical. Because of her extensive prior education, her training within the Academy was swift and was also pivotal in changing the direction of her career. She'd had no desire to serve in any other capacity than at Starfleet Medical, but while at the Academy she met a young Commander named Richard Cherenzhenko and they became fast friends; she showed him the powers to heal and he showed her the stars. She was surprised to find that she was quite skilled as a pilot and she took her minor there alongside her medical degree.
Ultimately Lily and Rick fell in love and they married just after Lily's graduation. He encouraged her to take her skills into the Federation and she spent her Cadet cruise aboard the USS Venture. As an Ensign she was stationed in medical on the USS Epsilon and it was after she was transferred to act as Assistant Chief Medical Officer aboard the USS Alejandro that she and Rick became pregnant and she gave birth to a boy, Zachary David. She enjoyed a decorated service on the Alejandro for several years, eventually becoming Chief Medical Officer and achieving a rank of Lt. Cmdr. Towards the end of her tour Zach decided he wanted to follow Rick's father's love of archaeology and went back to Earth to live with his grandparents to finish school.
As the Dominion war raged, Lily decided to help with humanitarian efforts and was sent into Dominion occupied territory on a mission of mercy to treat and extract abandoned prisoners of war. The mission went bad when word of the team's presence on the last planet was leaked to the enemy. They were ambushed and when efforts to locate them failed, everyone was presumed killed. Four weeks later the team stunned Starfleet Command by returning alive to a Federation outpost. Investigations into the incident revealed that Lily had conceived a radical method of treatment, mixing the Ketracel-white of dead Jem'Hadar soldiers with certain plants on the planet to stop bleeding and halt infection, saving the lives of members of the team that had been wounded in the initial attack. She was promoted to Cmdr. and with the war escalating placed as Chief Medical Officer aboard the USS Nikitinov, a flagship vessel on the front lines where she remained for another several years. Rick was stationed there as well, allowing them to serve together for that time.
During the Federation's final assault on the Dominion, the Nikitinov was struck by direct fire following a loss of shield integrity and the Captain and First and Second Officers were killed. As the only functional ranking officer left, Lily took command. The battle was devastating, and she suffered personally; Rick had been the Nikitinov's Second Officer. Lily served as Acting Captain for weeks during the aftermath as the ship was returned to a state spaceworthy enough to see them home. When the war ended she returned to Earth to spend an extended leave of absence with Zachary to let them both have the necessary time to properly deal with Rick's death. Her leadership aboard the Nikitinov and reports regarding the incident on Yadera Prime hadn't been forgotten and when she returned to duty she was offered a position within Azeri Fleet as First Officer aboard the USS Wolverine.
Her first year in this position was spent stranded on a small planet on the outskirts of Federation space, when the Wolverine was attacked and then crash landed. Upon returning 12 months later, Captain Morgan faced an inquiry as events that led to the crash and her leadership were thrown into question. The result of the inquest saw Morgan lose her command when it was decided that investigations needed to be taken further. With a promotion to Captain, command of the Wolverine was given to Lily.
Captain Cherenzhenko is a gifted physician and an extraordinarily centered officer. She knows when it is appropriate as well as vital to let her emotions sway her decisions and when to keep her distance. She's seen and experienced horrific things and she's able to keep a clear presence of mind when dealing with difficult situations. She is collected under fire, diplomatic in the face of upheaval, and able to reason through most problems with a calm and methodical logic. This dual professionalism, however useful, comes at a price - if a situation involves contradicting medical and command decisions, she's not always able to look at it as objectively as is due. She has a tendency to let her compassion lead her, and she takes failures in this context very hard regardless of whether whatever decision made was professionally the better one.
Her disposition is gentle but fierce. She's very kind, very genuine and exceptionally personable. Her temper is mild though if it does flash it is expressed in a quiet controlled anger which, according to colleagues who have witnessed it, can be more frightening than were she to lose it explosively. This soft-spoken exterior is deceptive. Lily will counter injustices quickly and vehemently and has shown in the past that she will go to any lengths necessary to uphold the oaths she took both as a physician and an officer. She is powerfully loyal and will fight dearly to protect those who serve under her.
Lily's family is very important to her. She keeps in regular contact with her own and her husband's parents and though she can't be with him continually, stays involved in her son's life. She and Zachary are extremely close. She's had to be both mother and father and consciously or not believes fault for his father's death lies with her; she denies to a degree that there was nothing she could've done, and guilt for saving the lives of the crew of the Nikitinov over Richard is still strong.
Starfleet Medical CNS's Notes
Her husband's death affected Lily more deeply than even she understands by simple virtue of its circumstances. She didn't witness it, but stumbled upon it when the medical emergency call other bridge officers made was issued. However, she was not able to deal with it straight away as she was forced to assume command immediately after discovering the command staff dead; emotion was a luxury the ongoing battle and its aftermath could not afford her. She wasn't able to indulge in the scope of the tragedy until months later, and the ramifications of such a profound delay in grieving manifested strongly for several years.
There's no question that she operates astonishingly well amidst adversity, but her ability to actually manage such strain personally is poor. She's treated frequently for insomnia and occasionally suffers migraines when under heavy stress, and she has admitted to nightmares. She will opt for sleep aids and analgesics to help, but there is opinion among some professionals that this is merely a "quick fix" avoidance tactic of sorts and is directly related to the Nikitinov, citing the fact that this type of temporary coping mechanism was all she had available to be able to shoulder the reality of Rick's death emotionally and psychologically enough to functionally assume command of the ship.
Dr. Charles Nimzicki's (CNS, Azeri Base) Notes
While her husband's death still affects her to some degree and in certain situations, over the years served on the Wolverine she has, through some unconventional 'therapy', at last properly dealt with its circumstances. She no longer appears to carry blame for Richard's death upon herself, and has, if rumors are to be believed, opened herself again to intimate relationships and has now remarried.
She craves the moments she can take to keep herself well-rounded. If she's in her quarters she enjoys pottery or tending to live plants, and loves Yoga. In the Holodecks she'll gravitate to anything free spirited and natural, and it's common to find her on horseback or even, oddly enough, fishing.
OtherUnique quirks: Lily was born and raised in the southern states of North America. When she talks about home, or is riled up emotionally in some manner (excited, angry, upset, stressed etc), a little southern accent will sneak out.
Years of Service in Azeri Fleet
Character AwardsThe Purple Heart
Awarded to an exemplary FO character who has served in such a capacity for more than 6 months.
Player AwardsAzeri Fleet Command Training
Stewart Award - Meritorious Technical Post
Brooks Award - Meritorious Plot Twist Post
Mulgrew Award - Meritorious Creative Subject Heading
Bakula Award - Meritorious Comical Post
Braga Award - Meritorious Action Post
Berman Award - Meritorious Arrival by a Character
Troi Award - Meritorious Emotional Post
Kira Award - Meritorious Adventure Post
Chakotay Award - Meritorious Descriptive Post
Roddenberry Award - Outstanding Post Award
Okuda Award - Exceptional Joint Post (JP) Award