Cheryl M. Schrier, Business Owner, Cancer Survivor,

USA Ambassador Ms. 2016

Community Advocate

COMBATING POVERTY & HOMELESSNESS

    Cheryl M. Schrier

Mrs. Pennsylvania International 2015


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Cheryl Schrier (nee Camillo) is a native of the Philadelphia area.  Born in Germantown the youngest of four girls, her family moved to Mt. Airy when she was four.  A graduate of the Cecilian Academy and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital School of Nursing,  she was drawn to the fast paced critical care environment, where she rapidly advanced through nursing management positions  into a clinical educator role, including  instructor certifications in both ACLS and BCLS.

Her teaching experience led her from a clinical setting into a business environment, as she went to work for an independent educational company, gaining experience in marketing, sales and business management, while continuing to teach critical care related educational programs.   Gaining exposure to the home health care and supplemental staffing industries, she spent the next decade with several national health care organizations, traveling as a successful and profitable sales and business manager, culminating in an executive management position for health care franchises/agencies.   Seeking independence in her career, Cheryl began incorporation of a case management firm, but elected to pause her journey when she married her husband Tom and adopted her oldest daughter, who lost her mother at 5 when Tom's first wife lost her battle with breast cancer.  Her focus moved to her family and working to manage their combined real estate investment properties.  Giving birth to a second daughter in 1995, she remained dedicated to marriage, family and real estate property management.   In 1999, she and Tom founded Building Control Systems & Services, Inc., a union electrical contracting firm specializing in temperature control installation services in commercial construction.  As their youngest headed off to school, she returned  actively to her role as Vice President of  the corporation where she has spent the last 15+ years utilizing her vast business and human resource experience to manage a successful and profitable corporation.  Always seeking opportunities to serve her communities during these years, she  became a NHTSA Certified Child Passenger Safety Technician and was awarded the Pennsylvania  Governor's Highway Safety Award for outstanding volunteer performance.   She also was elected as the President of the Atrium at Newtown Condominium Association, a position she continues to hold.    As a volunteer for the American Red Cross, Cheryl learned of the Bucks County Homeless Shelter, which was  sold to Family Service Association of Bucks County.  Learning of the case management approach and broad range of services provided to shelter residents under the Family Service umbrella was deeply meaningful to her as a nurse, and she moved her corporation into a sponsorship role to support these services, which combat homelessness at the root causes.   In 2013 during an executive physical, a scan revealed suspicious finding in the thyroid area.  With two of her three sisters afflicted with thyroid cancer, diagnostic tests disclosed that she too had thyroid cancer.  Blessed with a surgical cure, she remains cancer free for two consecutive years.  With a renewed love of life, she became determined to lose weight that had accumulated over years of caring for family, marriage and business.  Teaming up with her physician, she approached this with her usual enthusiasm and lost 65 pounds.   Inspired and challenged by her youngest daughter, whom she had coached to three state titles and top five national placements with one national title win, she decided to compete in 2015 in the International pageant and in 2016 in the USA Ambassador pageant, winning both PA state titles  and going on to win the NATIONAL title of USA Ambassador Ms.!!!    Known lovingly as the "Contractor with a Crown" she continues her work to Combat Poverty & Homelessness by engaging other small businesses to connect with charities that attack homelessness at root causes and serves proudly as an Executive Board member of the Bucks County Opportunity Council. 

Hand & Stone Spa Newtown, PA

Cheryl connects business owner Cathy Malerman with Barb Burns to supply much needed items to homeless drug addicts through Angels in Motion in Kensington.

Lower Bucks County Chamber of Commerce

(from right) Sarah Hughes  (Miss Bucks County), Cheryl Schrier (BCSS VP &Mrs. PA  Int'l), Tom Schrier (BCSS President) , Dan Bates(LBCCC President), Denise Bowman (LBCCC Board Chair), Suzy Buehler (McCafferty Auto), Scott Hagan (Sheraton Bucks Co), Tom Dingwall (Mr. Solution).

Benefit for Homeless Shelter

Cheryl with  Audrey Tucker CEO, and Michael Mattie,  President of Family Service Association of Bucks County at 2015 Benefit  fundraiser for Bucks County Emergency Homeless Shelter.