Cheri Alvarez, Interim CEO

Cheri recently became part of Compeer’s leadership team as the organization’s Chief Operating 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.

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.