Cherie Simmers is married to Terry for fifty-two years. They reside in Lakeland and have three adult children and eight grandchildren. She attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Cherie has a distinguished career in advocacy for women. She is serving as the Executive Director of the Women’s Resource Center of Florida for the past three years. Previously, six years as Director of Agency Relations with Give Well Community Foundation, six years as the Senior Court Program Specialist for the 10th Judicial Circuit Court of FL, eight years as Manager of the Domestic Violence Department for the Clerk of Courts with the 10th Judicial Circuit of Fl. She has also served for three years as a Victim Assistant Specialist to the same Clerk of Courts.
Among several of her achievements she had been appointed to Governor’s Task Force on Domestic & Sexual Violence, Co-founded Domestic Violence Task Force and awarded the Governor’s Peace At Home Award. She has successfully collaborated with victims’ rights group judges and other court personnel creating a court based domestic violence advocacy program that has served over 8000 clients annually.