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.