Bishop Franklin has appointed Ms. Cheryl Fisher, Esq. as Chancellor of the Diocese of Western New York. Cheryl succeeds James Fanning and is the first woman to serve as Chancellor of the Diocese. Bishop Franklin said, “I am so pleased that Cheryl has agreed to serve as Chancellor of Western New York. She is a person of wisdom, integrity, faith, thoughtfulness and humor. All of these gifts are huge assets to the life of the Diocese.”
A cradle Episcopalian, Cheryl Fisher has practiced law in Buffalo for 40 years. Cheryl began working as an attorney for the Diocese in 2001 when she was appointed Church Attorney, the representative of the Diocese in Disciplinary matters by Bishop Garrison. In 2009, she was appointed Assistant Chancellor and has continued to actively represent the Diocese since that time. She attends Trinity, Buffalo. At the parish level, Cheryl has been warden and vestry member, taught Sunday School, president of the parish women’s group, an acolyte, Lay Eucharistic Minister, a member of altar guild and other parish activities. She has been involved in a wide range of activities and leadership positions at the Cathedral. She is a graduate of the EFM (Education for Ministry) course sponsored by the University of the South. Since becoming Assistant Chancellor, Cheryl has participated in the Episcopal Chancellor’s Network, with other Chancellors and Assistant Chancellors from across the country.
Cheryl was a member of the firm of Magavern, Magavern & Grimm LLC for over 30 years before retiring as a partner in 2014. She was admitted to the Bar in 1977 after graduating cum laude from the University of Buffalo School of Law where she taught research and writing and completed a student federal judicial clerkship with the Hon. John T. Curtin. From 1979-1984 she served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Western District of New York handling both civil and criminal cases. She presently serves as a Mediator in the Alternate Dispute Resolution Program, United States District Court Western District of New York, and continues a small practice.
Cheryl is chair of the Committee on Character and Fitness, Eighth Judicial District, immediate past Co-Chair of the New York State Bar Association (“NYSBA”) Committee on Professional Ethics, a member of the House of Delegates of the NYSBA, and the Executive Committee of the NYSBA., and the Women’s Bar Association.
Cheryl is a past president of the Bar Association of Erie County and is been listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Woodward White, 2007-2016, and has been designated one of the top 25 women lawyers in upstate New York by SuperLawyers.
Cheryl has also held various leadership positions in non-law related community organizations. She is a past Chair of the board of Lord of Life Adult & Child Services, Inc. a child day care center and an adult day care facility for those suffering from dementia. In 1999, she received the Episcopal Community Services Bishop Lauriston L. Scaife Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to the Community through an ECS Agency. She is president of CMH Counseling.
For over thirty years Ms. Fisher has been a member of the Board of Directors of Child and Family Services of Erie County, Inc., a private, not-for-profit family service agency. In 2000, she received that board’s John N. Walsh Jr. Board Appreciation Award for commitment to strengthening family life in Western New York. She was Chair of the Board of Directors from 1993 to 1996.