Ideas: At Home with Cheryl Sizer
At Home with Cheryl Sizer
Story: Bridget Broihahn
Photos: Bridget Broihahn
Cheryl Sizer is one of those amazing women that juggles both career and home. This private account manager for Glaxo Smith Kline has been educating doctors and clients for twelve years. Before that her career was special education- both as a case worker for the Mahomet-Seymour School District and assistant director of special education for rural Champaign County. She holds a BS in deaf education from Illinois State University and a master of education in organizational leadership from the University of Illinois.
She also volunteers extensively and serves many not-for-profits. She’s on the Kappa Delta Sorority Foundation Board, the national board, and previously the national council. Locally, she is president of the Kappa Delta House Corporation.
“They’re building a house in 2018,” she said excitedly.
Even as a young girl, she was a leader in training. It’s not surprising that when she was in seventh grade, she actually ran the pom-pom squad, because no teacher would step forward. In high school she was in every club and had good grades, even though she attended two high schools. Her father died when she was little and her mom had her hand’s full raising Sizer, her sister and her three brothers. Sizer stepped in and helped.
From her Kappa Delta experience grew the service she does for Crisis Nursery.
“KD supports the nursery,” she explained, as she sipped tea. Her mother is from England, so she knows how to serve a proper tea. “A friend suggested I help out there. Now I’m on the board of directors.”
She loves Crisis Nursery, too. She’s pretty passionate about it.
“Crisis Nursery is wonderful,” Sizer said. “It serves the family in crisis of children from ages up to six years old.”
The extraordinary thing to Sizer is that the family defines the crisis, so nobody is ever turned away.
“There’s more to life than what is going on in your immediate sphere,” she said, still sipping her tea. “You have to get out there.”
She recently added to her board of directors bio, the Girls Go For It! Program for girls in fourth and fifth grades.
“It instills leadership and confidence skills with a six to eight week program that includes activities and workshops,” she said of the grant funded program that made its premiere recently.
To add to that, she is a mom of Ashlie, a twenty-something English teacher and coach at Leroy High School and a busy wife for 33 years to Greg, who owns his own business, TMS Autocare on Springfield Ave., Champaign. She pooh-poohs any suggestion of being busy, however.
“It’s prioritizing things. I have a common passion and it is kids. Anyone can make time if they’re passionate about something,” she said. “I like to have fun, too. I garden and I workout at the shed.”
Now, don’t go thinking there’s a new gym in the area called, “The Shed.” Sizer is referring to her friend group. They meet daily.
“We meet at Brenda’s shed. There are six of us in my workout group. It’s fun bonding with them and we hold each other accountable,” she said.
She said she never listened to the cliché of going for her dreams.
“It’s OK to dream, but you have to have a purpose and a passion. Be generous; it does come back to you tenfold,” she said, putting aside her teacup. “People ask how do I do it. I don’t think of it like that. I just want to make life better for somebody.”