Cheri Fisher was born and raised in Youngstown, Ohio. She has two sisters, a brother and her, parents Ozzie and Evie. She graduated in 1979 from Youngstown State University with a degree in early childhood education. In 1979 she moved to the Adirondacks with her husband and one son and became immediately involved in the community as a volunteer, beginning with the 1980 Olympics. Since then she has integrated her family into the Saranac Lake community, encouraging their involvement with various groups and activities in the area.