While many in our community know Cheryl Grieb as a successful business owner, strong community leader, and a champion for women’s issues, what you may not realize is that it didn’t start out that way. Cheryl’s beginnings were humble and her upbringing was one of learning the lesson of hard work, the hard way. Her dedication to success and her commitment to community have been formed by this upbringing, which is part of the true pioneering spirit that makes Osceola County great.
Cheryl and her recently widowed mother along with her thee brothers moved from New Jersey to Kissimmee in 1974 where Cheryl entered second grade. Cheryl’s Mom did not come from money and worked very hard to feed and clothe her four young children while working in real estate. This would prove to be Cheryl’s first experience that in this world, there is no force equal to the strength of a determined woman.
Following in her mother’s footsteps, Cheryl started her career in real estate at the age of 18. By age 24, she was able to purchase her mother’s real estate company and then opened a second real estate company by age 30.
Cheryl’s Mom had always instilled in her the importance of giving back to her community. Initially, Cheryl’s involvement included working to protect our heritage and environment through her work on the Osceola County Parks and Recreation Committee and by serving on the task force which formed the first historic district in downtown Kissimmee.
As a Realtor, Cheryl recognized a need for housing for individuals who could not qualify for a mortgage. She decided to take on this task, and along with other dedicated people, she helped form Habitat for Humanity of Osceola County, helping numerous people in Osceola County realize the dream of home ownership. One of the many other activities that Cheryl has been involved in include one that is near and dear to her heart, Co-Chairing the Kissimmee Relay for Life for the American Cancer Society. After years of being in a committed relationship, it was discovered that her partner, Patti, had cancer. Patti is now a cancer survivor and continues to fight. Cheryl continues to fight alongside, not only for Patti, but for every one of the many people who have been affected by this heinous disease.
Once elected as a City Commissioner in December of 2006, Cheryl became more involved serving on the Community Vision Board, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council as a two time Chair, the Tourist Development Council member and past Chair, Greater Osceola Partnership for Economic Prosperity Chair, Director for Florida PACE and was instrumental in passing domestic partner benefits for the employees of the City of Kissimmee. This victory for the employees won her the “Voice for Equality” award from Equality Florida.
Cheryl has been able to help accomplish many successful community projects during her time on the Kissimmee City Commission. From the Kissimmee Lakefront Park that gives all Osceola County families a world class facility, to saving hundreds of thousands of tax dollars by streamlining fleet maintenance, she has worked to make government relevant and accountable to its residents. Cheryl championed the city employee health clinic, saving tax dollars while protecting the families of city workers.
By continually practicing the important lessons she learned from her mother, Cheryl helps make our community a better place for us to live.