Tim Boling, CEO

Tim Boling was hired as Compeer CEO in 2016. His focus is on the bigger picture of Compeer around strategic planning, board development, local and national funding and leadership. In his dual role leading Compeer Buffalo affiliate program, Tim is looking forward to continuing to nurture the long-standing, existing relationships with the community as he forges new ones on local, national and international levels.

Cheri Alvarez, Chief Program Officer

Cheri recently became part of Compeer’s leadership team as the organization’s Chief Program Officer. A results-oriented professional, Cheri’s strengths include operations, systems, funding, staff and relationship development, evaluation, and collaborations. She is a Buffalo Business First “40 Under 40” awardee (2015), and a graduate of the Health Foundation of Western and Central N.Y. Leadership Fellows program. Cheri will work with both the international office and Buffalo affiliate local program.

Tara Songster, Affiliate Relations Coordinator

Tara has a strong background in the Behavioral Health Field, having served her community as a Certified Recovery Coach. After earning her master’s degree in Organizational Leadership, Tara joined Compeer as the Affiliate Relations Coordinator where she oversees the international affiliate network initiatives and communication. Tara explained that, as a peer advocate herself, one of the most exciting parts about working for Compeer is being part of an organization that places such value in the power of friendship.

Johanna Ambrose, Project Director, Youth Mentoring Grant

Johanna Ambrose joined Compeer in 2005 and served in leadership roles for the international organization. She led Compeer Inc. from 2013-16, spearheading its transition and ultimate merger with Compeer West, Inc. Johanna currently holds the position of project director for a new federal youth mentoring grant. Her background is in communications, media, and development.

Barb Mestler, Affiliate Program Specialist, Compeer Coordinator Compeer Livingston

Barb has a rich history with Compeer. As the Compeer Affiliate Program Specialist, Barb conducts training for new staff, fields program questions, and assists with problem-solving. Barb recently celebrated 15 years as Compeer of Livingston County Program Director. She has been with Compeer since its beginning in the 1970s, and takes pride in being a long-term one-to-one volunteer with the Compeer Rochester program.

Bernice Skirboll, Compeer’s Founder

Bernice “Bunny” Skirboll founded Compeer nearly 40 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 serves 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.