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LITTLES GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL THIS YEAR

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LITTLES BELIEVE THEIR BIG HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT

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We Value Thinking Big

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We Value Fostering Growth

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We Value Innovation and Focus

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We Value Teamwork

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We Value Going Beyond Expectations

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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, 84% reported improved self-esteem, and 71% reported improved grades since being Matched.

OUR LEADERSHIP

View our Board Handbook here.

Board of Directors

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

Current Members:

 

 

  • Alfredo Garcia
  • Andrew Gilstrap
  • Andy Wiltz
  • Anthony Carey
  • Ashley Mahoney
  • Chris Evans
  • Chris Kolquist
  • Dana Jermain

 

  • Dana Tatum
  • Delia Marin
  • Erica Jones
  • Isaac Collins
  • Jeff Dreiling
  • Jeff Janda
  • Julie Aitkens
  • Kristin Borman
  • Liz Lewis
  • Lovell Holloway
  • Marshall Lockton
  • Pamela Breuckmann
  • Ryan Manies
  • Scott Strawn
  • Tandra Stacer
  • Yolanda Waldon
  • Zoraya Rowlands

 

 

Big Impact Group

The Big Impact Group is a group of dedicated young professionals who volunteer their time, talents and energy to support fundraising and recruitment initiatives. 

Current Members:

  • Alex Atkinson
  • Andrew Vogliardo
  • Anthony Valles
  • Avery Bowers
  • Caroline Shannon
  • Charlie Mosher
  • Chad Gerdes
  • Cody Blevins
  • Dana Isidro
  • Dave Gardner
  • Derek Stuchlik
  • Emily Thorpe
  • Erin Williamson
  • Jessica Jackson
  • Jessica Marsh
  • Jordan Canupp
  • Justin Mutzbauer
  • Kate Marxkors
  • Kristina Iyamu
  • Liz Black
  • Loryn Polo
  • MacKenzie Magwire
  • Megan McClure
  • Megan Heyen
  • Melanie Clark
  • Michelle Fontes
  • Noah Benham
  • Olivia Meyer

 

  • Paul Silvio
  • Ryan Hembrough
  • Sam Zimmerman
  • Shannon Kilkenny
  • Sydney Sutherland
  • Tegan Bruce
  • Tiandre Miller
  • Tim Jardine
  • Tony Dougherty
  • Zach Harsch

 

    Learn more about the Big Impact Group here >

    Thrift Operations Board

    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:

    • Alex Block
    • Bethany Waddleton
    • Brandon McManamy
    • Brett Wacha
    • Brian Thomas
    • Cameron Wilkerson
    • Emily Haas
    • Jason Buck
    • Jeff Shipley
    • Manuel Aquino
    • Maria Hoheusle
    • Melanie Tull
    • Mike Rivera
    • Micheal Briscoe
    • Nick Giuliani
    • Robert Beltrame
    • Sandra Watts
    • Scott Keen
      JEDI Board

      The Big Brothers Big Sisters Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Board (JEDI) Board is a group of community leaders that champion Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion initiatives for the agency by focusing on recruiting volunteers to become Bigs. The goal of the JEDI Advisory Board is to recruit diverse Bigs through community outreach, networking at various events, fostering meaningful relationships with community leaders, and helping to provide inclusive programming. There is an increase of Littles who identify with the LGBT community and roughly 80% of Littles in the program are children of color; therefore, the need for a more diverse volunteer pool continues to be a top priority for BBBSKC and the board. The JEDI Advisory Board uses their connections, passion, and knowledge to provide resources to BBBSKC, brainstorm new ideas, assist in planning events and campaigns designed around diverse recruitment, and increase our inclusive community presence. 

      Members:

      • Alfred Jones
      • Allie Rojas-Meier
      • Braulio Rivas
      • Brian Kantanka
      • Brittany Connor
      • Brooke Thies
      • Casi Riegle
      • Cathie Chesen
      • Christoper Moore
      • Cleo Van Vlack
      • David Rodriguez
      • Denise White
      • Donteavious Young

       

      • Hao Quach
      • Ihanyi Amadi
      • Jay Hernandez
      • Jenna Scott
      • Jordan Russo-Hicks
      • Kimberlee Fields
      • Kyra Kendrick
      • Langston Jones
      • Lauren Rios
      • Leigh Doner
      • Makenzy Jean
      • Mohamed Dia
      • Morgan Espana-Benitez
      • Natalie Gonzales
      • Nicolette Rodriguez
      • Omar Husain
      • Quincy Crutchfield
      • Rani Lange
      • Sami Dunn
      • Shapree Marshall
      • Sydney Goldberg
      • Veronica Ford

      Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Statement

      Ambassadors Board

      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
      • Kyle Myers
      • 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
        Family Advisory Board

        The Family Advisory Board is designed to create a community of parents and guardians who are passionate about influencing the culture and impact of BBBSKC.

        Current Members:

         

        • Amy Drake
        • Angela Washington
        • Ashley Brockington
        • Cecily Griffin
        • Charlynn Marshall
        • Cindy Villa Aguirre

         

        • Deborah Murphy
        • Ebony Love
        • Fawn Lee
        • Giselle Taylor
        • Kizwanna Daniels
        • Mandy Danforth

         

        • Majorie Frazier
        • Natasha Grant
        • Pateisha Royal
        • Patrice Amos
        • Tamieka Robison
        • Tonette Cooper
        • Xavier Hankins

        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 30 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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        OUR TEAM

        Anamilet Saenz

        Director Of Enrollment (Bilingüe)

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        Andrew Long

        Match Support Specialist

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        Anna Munguia

        Director Of Community Outreach (Bilingüe)

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Full House

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        Ashlee Burris

        Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Indiana Jones

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        Brittany Davis

        Director Of Special Events

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Clarissa Explains It All

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        Brittany Mccuiston

        Office Assistant

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: A Goofy Movie

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        Brittany Michalski

        Senior Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD GAME: Monopoly

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        Carla Lutcher

        Match Support Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Mulan

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        Carrie King

        Trauma Informed Care Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Boy Meets World

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        Cassidy Johannes

        Senior Match Support Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Mary Poppins

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        Craig Mattke

        Thrift Operations Director

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Football in the backyard

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        Dalton Mitchell

        Match Support Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: Harry Potter Series

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        Denise Hill

        Director of Match Support & Quality Assurance

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SHOW: Finders Keepers

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        Emily Tresner

        Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: Junie B. Jones

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        Erica Ostroski

        Chief Operating Officer

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Wayne's World

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        Hannah Neel

        Event Systems Manager

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Anything related to Mary-Kate & Ashley

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        Hazel Snyder

        Match Support Specialist (Bilingüe)

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Belle & Sébastien

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        Isabel Baughn

        Match Support Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Wizards of Waverly Place

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        Jackie Hedeman

        Grant Writer

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        Jacob Furry

        Corporate Partnerships Coordinator

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Legos

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        Jada Bates

        Match Support Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: The Jungle Book

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        Jadee Patten

        Match Support Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Cheetah Girls

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        Jaylee Beckley

        Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Polly Pockets

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        Jess Simmons

        Senior Match Support Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Hocus Pocus

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        JON BARTEK

        Business Development Director for Thrift Operations

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

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        Jordan Cronan

        Special Events Coordinator

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: The Lizzie McGuire Movie

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        Jordan Hall

        Senior Brand Ambassador

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SHOW: Rugrats

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        Katie Lord

        Director of Individual Giving

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Land Before Time

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        Kevin Clarke

        Director Of Corporate Partnerships

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Legos

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        Kristi Hutchison

        Chief Marketing Officer

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Roller Skating

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        Linh Thai

        Facilities & Office Manager

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Kiki’s Delivery Service

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        Lizzet Ibarra

        Match Support Specialist (Bilingüe)

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Bill Nye the Science Guy

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        Maddy Trofholz

        Senior Special Events Manager

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SHOW: Hannah Montana

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        Madeline Simonds

        Creative & Content Manager

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIES: Mary Kate and Ashley

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        Madison Barker

        Match Support Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: High School Musical

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        Maggie Klos

        Systems & Innovation Director

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Playing President

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        Marina Rojas

        Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Beauty & The Beast

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        Micheal Lawrence

        CEO

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SHOW: Dukes of Hazard

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        Milca Aguirre

        Brand Ambassador

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: The Little Mermaid

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        Paige Peterson

        Donor Engagement Manager

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FOOD: Grilled Cheese

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        Patty Munoz-Gibson

        Manager of Match Support (Bilingüe)

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Lite Brite

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        Rebecca Meyer

        Enrollment & Match Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: Eragon

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        Riley Jimenez

        Special Events Coordinator

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FOOD: Anything with Hidden Valley Ranch

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        Shelli Jensen

        Executive Assistant

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Going to Royals games

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        Sophia Hausch

        Graphic Designer

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: The Suite Life of Zack & Cody

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        Tiffany Stuck

        Chief Development Officer

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Creepy Crawlers

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        Tonya Jackson

        Chief Program Officer

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Reading and/or playing school

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        Whitney (Dunn) Elyachar

        Chief People & Financial Officer

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Tennis

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        Ximena Pecina-Cañamero

        Senior Match Support Specialist (Bilingüe)

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Happy Feet

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        Yesi Estrada

        Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: The Game Plan

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        BBBS CAREERS

        JOBS WITH A PURPOSE

        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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