Bernice W. Skirboll

Bernice “Bunny” Skirboll founded Compeer in 1973, 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 from Compeer’s inception through 2006. Under her leadership, Compeer grew from a small program in Rochester, NY 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, "Compeer: Recovery Through the Healing Power of Friends," which the University of Rochester Press published in 2006.