Born in the Bronx from the parents of Vernon and Dorothy Richard, both from Brooklyn, NY along with her big brother Vernon Jr. later relocated to out of the city life to the suburbs, Rockland County, NY
Family and Education were two major parts in their households growing up.
As an HBCU graduate of Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte NC 2004, studying Mathematics Vernessa worked in the Charlotte Mecklenburg School system for a short period of time.
In 2006 Vernessa returned home to care for her sick Mother who was diagnosed with Cancer in 2010 among with other illnesses. During this challenging time Vernessa and her Mother worked side by side to build their family legacy. In 2016 the both of them teamed up with the Marcy Housing Alumni Group to rename a school after her Dad Captain Vernon A. Richard.
Currently residing in the Nanuet home she grew up in Vernessa continues to love and support her two beautiful daughter's Arielle Nyree 9 and Summer Dorothy 3. Aside from being a full time mom she plans to continue to build her Father's Legacy.