About | Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City

WHO WE ARE

STANDING TOGETHER TO DEFEND POTENTIAL

Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City works to clear the path to a child’s biggest possible future by matching them with a caring, adult mentor in a one-to-one friendship. “Bigs” help “Littles” ignite, empower and defend their potential by standing with them. Last year, 100% of the Senior Littles graduated high school, 83% reported improved self esteem and 71% reported improved grades since being matched.

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Our Leadership

Our talented and dedicated Board of Directors leads the BBBSKC agency in making important decisions and guiding the organization to success.

Current Members:

  • Adam Miller
  • Andy Wiltz
  • Anthony Carey
  • Chris Evans
  • Chris Kolquist
  • Christopher Ferraro
  • Cynthia Simpson
  • Dana Jermain
  • Dana Tatum
  • Elise Kirchhofer
  • Erica Cohen
  • Erica Jones
  • Jeff Dreiling
  • Jeff King
  • Liz Lewis
  • Marshall Lockton
  • Melissa Beltrame
  • Rekha Lakshmanan
  • Rob Adams
  • Ruth Brackney
  • Ryan Manies
  • Scott P. Strawn
  • Tandra Stacer
  • Tanner Cain
  • Tim Desett

The Big Impact Group is a group of dedicated young professionals who volunteer their time, talents and energy to support fundraising and recruitment initiatives. Staff liasons for the Big Impact Group are Maggie Kloss and Kevin Clarke.

Current Members:

  • Alessandra Graber
  • Alex Atkinson
  • Alex Hunter
  • Allison Clements
  • Allison Rank
  • Andrew Vogliardo
  • Calvin McDonnell
  • Chad Gerdes
  • Chioma Atanmo
  • Chris Stathos
  • Courtney Hullinger
  • Derek Stuchlik
  • Hannah Vick
  • Jessica Marsh
  • Johanna Laxton
  • Jordan Canupp
  • Kaitlyn Steinacher
  • Kara Miller
  • Kari Long
  • Katasha Kumar
  • Kate Jamis
  • Katelyn Peter
  • Kyle Harsha
  • Leslie Lamoreaux
  • Mandy Perkins
  • Mary Cate Reinert
  • Mary Maxine Luber
  • Megan McClure
  • Meggie Snipes
  • Melissa Windon
  • Michael Giangregorio
  • Mike Lierz
  • Olivia Corazzin
  • Patrick LeSage
  • Rob Givens
  • Shane Gordon
  • Shelbi Neel
  • Stefan Hoffman
  • Sydney Sutherland
  • Taran Speak
  • Tim Jardine
  • Zach Harsch
  • Zane Thompson

Learn more about the Big Impact Group here >

This board focuses on BBBSKC's partnership with Savers Thrift Stores and the clothing donation business. They make decisions that lead a productive and profitable model that provides funding to the BBBSKC program.

Current Members:

  • Brandon McManamy
  • Brett Wacha
  • Craig Mattke
  • Ed Broxterman
  • Jason Buck
  • Jeff Shipley
  • Jim Gates
  • Matt Habiger
  • Michael Briscoe
  • Mitzi Marchant
  • Robert Beltrame
  • Sandy Aschenbrenner
  • Scott Keen

The BBBS DEI Advisory Board is a group of community leaders who work to increase exposure of the program in diverse communities, recruit Bigs, and champion diversity, equity and inclusion for the agency. The staff liason for the Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Board is Derrick Jennings II.

Members:

  • Adam Miller
  • Alicia Walker
  • Amy Rodriguez
  • Anna Munguia
  • Brian Kantanka
  • Brittany Connor
  • Brooke Douglas
  • Chris Williams
  • Clara Anderson Sainte
  • David Rodriguez
  • Jayson Cuba
  • Kim Wallace Carlson
  • Omar Husain
  • Quinton Wilks
  • Rani Lange
  • Regan Hahn
  • Ross Maddock
  • Ryan Bernsten
  • Sahin Hoque
  • Sami Dunn
  • Suzanne Wheeler
  • Thamara Subramanian
  • Tiffany Scantlebury-Wheeler
  • Tiffany Willis
  • Tracy VanVlack
  • Veronica Ford

Diversity & Inclusion Statement from CEO

Through their ongoing contribution of skills, time, connections and financial resources, members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City Ambassadors serve as volunteer leaders who foster the agency’s growth and good work following their formal responsibilities as part of the Board of Directors.

Current Members:

  • Andre Davis
  • Antonio Castanon
  • Brad Markes
  • Jennifer Matney
  • Jennifer Schuler
  • Jeremy Schafer
  • Jerry Cooke
  • Jim Lipari
  • Kevin Kalish
  • Lee Brumitt
  • Marc Woodward
  • Matt Linski
  • Paul Kushnir
  • Rachel Smith
  • Rik Siro
  • Rob Sprague
  • Ryan Shreve
  • Terry Satterlee
  • Thomas W. Van Dyke
  • Tom Holcom
  • Doug Jones

About Our CEO

Micheal Lawrence, CEO of BBBSKC, has dedicated his life to creating life-changing friendships for children. He started with the agency over 25 years ago as a Case Manager and has held nearly every position on staff. For the past several years, as CEO, he has transformed the agency into one of the top in the country. Under Micheal's leadership, BBBSKC has: 

  • Been named Agency of the Year (out of 350 affiliates) four out of the last six years 
  • Grown Active Matches by 79% 
  • Moved to a new headquarters in the Crossroads 
  • Increased revenue by 245% 
  • Received awards for Best Places to Work, Top KC Non-Profit and much more
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Micheal Lawrence, CEO of BBBSKC

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One of the most rewarding ways to get involved is to work with us. A career with BBBS is an opportunity to merge your talents and personal values with your desire to make a difference. Every day, we are changing the perspectives of children and enabling them to see the world around them in a more positive light. With that newfound point of view, they can see their potential more clearly and dream bigger about their future. Our success is a result of committed and inspired employees, working together to make a lasting impact on America's youth, schools, and communities. We need talented and passionate people who are committed to a diverse workforce with representation from every walk of life. Our organization is enhanced when we unite people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City offers a flexible work environment that is upbeat and fun. BBBSKC was named by NP Times as one of the best nonprofits to work.

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