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Team and Board

Meet the Team

Cheri Alvarez

CHERI ALVAREZ, CEO

Cheri Alvarez graduated from Canisius College with her Master’s Degree in Counseling Education and proceeded to commit her career to working in the Western New York non-profit community for the past 25 years. Prior to joining Compeer, Cheri served ast the Chief Operating Officer at YWCA WNY and the Chief Operating Officer at Cradle Beach. Her career also includes a leadership role at Catholic Charities where she served as the Coordinator of Closing the Gap (CTG), responsible for the oversight, development and implementation of Site Facilitators in the Buffalo Public schools. At Gateway-Longview she rose through positions, ultimately serving as the Director of Foster Care and Permanency Services. Cheri is a Business First “40 Under 40” awardee (2015), a graduate of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York Leadership Fellows program as well as a graduate of the University at Buffalo’s Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership Core Program.
Amanda Mantino

AMANDA MANTINO, AFFILIATE RELATIONS COORDINATOR

Amanda has a BA in Psychology from St. Bonaventure University and an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University; the latter of which focused on the design and management of international non-profit programs and organizations. She has worked in corporate and non-profit environments and has found that helping people live better lives has helped her live a better life and it is the most important thing to her in a job. She enjoys being part of a team and coming up with creative solutions to problems. Amanda is so happy to be part of Compeer, an organization that supports mental health in such an essential way: through the power of friendship. She is particularly excited to be working with affiliates and people who are exploring the start of a new Compeer location — learning what they need and how she can support them as they work to support their communities.
Bunny Skriboll

BERNICE SKIRBOLL, COMPEER’S FOUNDER

Bernice “Bunny” Skirboll founded Compeer nearly 50 years ago following a near-fatal automobile accident. Her long rehabilitation helped her realize the power of friendship, and she vowed to make a difference in other people’s lives. Skirboll served as executive director since Compeer’s inception. Under her leadership, Compeer grew from a small program to an internationally recognized mental health agency. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Rochester and has received numerous professional awards. Bernice wrote a book about Compeer, “Compeer: Recovery Through the Healing Power of Friends,” which the University of Rochester Press published in 2006. Bunny sits on the board of directors for Compeer Inc.

Board of Directors

Compeer Officers

Ellen Daly, Chair

Danahy Real Estate

Michael Bogucki, Vice President

Paradigm Economics

Gretchen Kelly, Secretary

PLEA Agency

Board Members

Dr. Ellen Grant

Deputy Mayor, City of Buffalo

Clifford Jackson

U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services, Western District of New York

Peter Heffley

Canisius College, Community Volunteer

Bernice Skirboll

Founder, Compeer

Sara Schumacher

Schumacher Events

Mark D. Mambretti

East Aurora Union Free School District

Jess Fuchs

Montante Solar

Chris Munson

Caserta International

Rob Kubiak

Arthur Elliott