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OF LITTLES IMPROVED GRADES

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LITTLES GRADUATED FROM HIGH SCHOOL LAST YEAR

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LITTLES BELIEVE THEIR BIG HAS A POSITIVE IMPACT

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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, 83% reported improved self esteem and 71% reported improved grades since being matched.

OUR LEADERSHIP

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:

  • Adam Miller
  • Alfredo Garcia
  • Andrew Gilstrap
  • Andy Wiltz
  • Anthony Carey
  • Ashley Mahoney
  • Chris Evans
  • Chris Kolquist
  • Cynthia Simpson
  • Dana Jermain
  • Dana Tatum
  • Delia Marin
  • Erica Jones
  • Issac Collins
  • 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
  • Yolanda Waldon

 

 

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. Staff liaisons for the Big Impact Group are Maggie Kloss and Kevin Clarke.

Current Members:

  • Alessandra Graber
  • Alex Atkinson
  • Allison Clements
  • Andrew Vogliardo
  • Avery Bowers
  • Chad Gerdes
  • Chioma Atanmo
  • Derek Stuchlik
  • Elaine King
  • Emily Thorpe
  • Erin Williamson
  • Hannah Vick
  • Ivan Ramirez
  • Jessica Marsh
  • Johanna Laxton
  • Jordan Canupp
  • Justin Mutzbauer
  • Kaitlyn Steinacher
  • Kara Miller
  • Katasha Kumar
  • Katelyn Peter
  • Kristen Koerber
  • Kyle Harsha
  • Leslie Mann
  • MacKenzie Magwire
  • Mary Cate Reinert
  • Mary Maxine Luber
  • Megan McClure
  • Melanie Clark
  • Melissa Windon
  • Michael Klingler
  • Michael Giangregorio
  • Michelle Fontes
  • Mike Lierz
  • Patrick LeSage
  • Shane Gordon
  • Shelbi Neel
  • Taran Speak
  • Tim Jardine
  • Tony Dougherty
  • Zach Harsch
  • Zane Thompson

    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
    • Brandon McManamy
    • Brett Wacha
    • Ed Broxterman
    • Jason Buck
    • Jeff Shipley
    • Jim Gates
    • Matt Habiger
    • Michael Briscoe
    • Robert Beltrame
    • Sandy Aschenbrenner
    • Scott Keen
      Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advisory Board

      The Big Brothers Big Sisters DEI Board is a group of community leaders that champion Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives for the agency by focusing on recruiting volunteers to become Bigs. The goal of the DEI 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 DEI 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:

      • Allie Rojas-Meier
      • Amy Rodriguez
      • Brian Kantanka
      • Brittany Connor
      • Brooke Douglas
      • Chris Williams
      • Christoper Hernandez
      • Clara Anderson Sainte
      • David Rodriguez
      • Iheanyi Amadi
      • Jasmine Thompson
      • Jayson Cuba
      • Jenna Scott
      • Jonathan Vargas
      • Jose Rodriguez
      • Kimberlee Fields
      • Kim Wallace Carlson
      • Kyra Kendrick
      • Lauren Rios
      • Leigh Doner
      • Maira Herandez
      • Mohamed Dia
      • Na’im Al-Amin
      • Omar Husain
      • Rachael Pegg
      • Rani Lange
      • RC Hahn
      • Ryan Bernsten
      • Sami Dunn
      • Thamara Subramanian
      • Tiffany Scantlebury-Wheeler
      • Tiffany Willis
      • Tracy VanVlack
      • Veronica Ford

      Diversity & Inclusion Statement from CEO

      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
      • 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:

        • Akosha Hatch
        • Alicia Weatherstrand
        • Amy Wilkinson
        • Angela Washington
        • Ashlei Fitzpatrick
        • Atrise Hervey
        • Ashley Brockington
        • Cecily Griffin
        • Charlynn Marshall
        • Cindy Villa Aguirre
        • Deborah Murphy
        • Ebony Love
        • Essence Crosby
        • Fawn Lee
        • Giselle Taylor
        • Jamesha Morris
        • Kizwanna Daniels
        • Mandy Danforth
        • Majorie Frazier
        • Melissa Ferry
        • Natasha Grant
        • Nicole Wakes
        • Pateisha Royal
        • Patrice Amos
        • Tamieka Robison
        • Tonette Cooper
        • Veronica Perry
        • 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

        Abigail Silverwood

        Creative Design Manager

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Easy Bake Oven

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        Aniyah Jones

        Match Activities & Resource Coordinator


        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: All Dogs Go To Heaven

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        Brittany Michalski

        Senior Volunteer Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD GAME: Monopoly

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        Cassidy Johannes

        Match Support Specialist - 8th-11th Grade

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Mary Poppins

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        Denise Hill

        Director of Quality Assurance & Resources

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SHOW: Finders Keepers

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        Hannah Neel

        Event Systems Manager

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

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        Jadee Walsh

        Match Support Specialist 2nd – 7th Grade


        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Cheetah Girls

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        Jess Simmons

        Manager of 90-Day Match Support

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Hocus Pocus

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        Kari Harris

        Senior Child Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FOOD: Chicken Fingers

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        Latrice Houston

        Match Support Specialist 2nd – 7th Grade


        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Mulan

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        Maggie Klos

        Systems & Innovation Manager

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Playing President

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        Milca Aguirre

        Brand Ambassador


        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: The Little Mermaid

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        Sandy Nunez

        Match Support Specialist - 2nd-7th Grade (Bilingüe)

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Barbies
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        Wendy Farmer

        Match Support Specialist - 2nd-7th Grade

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Playing Midnight Ghost with neighbors

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        Anamilet Saenz

        Director of Enrollment (Bilingüe)

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        Anna Munguia

        Director of Community Outreach

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Full House

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        Brittany McCuiston

        Office Assistant

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: A Goofy Movie

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        Chloe Fey

        Senior Brand Ambassador

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SHOW: Lizzie McGuire

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        Drake Rorabaugh

        Junior Graphic Designer

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Foster's Home For Imaginary Friends

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        Henry Ortega-Hernandez

        Match Support Specialist - 8th-11th Grade (Bilingüe)

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        Jacob Furry

        Corporate Partnerships Coordinator

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        Jessie Chastain

        Manager of Volunteer Enrollment & Matching (Bilingüe)

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Playing in the creek with the neighbors
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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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        Mason Hilty

        Match Support Specialist - 8th-11th Grade

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD BOOK: Harry Potter

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        Paige Engle

        Event Engagement Manager

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FOOD: Grilled Cheese
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        Savannah Jones

        Child Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Sabrina the Teenaged Witch
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        Whitney (Dunn) Elyachar

        Chief People & Financial Officer

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        Andrea E. Balcazar

        Part Time Brand Ambassador

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        Audrey Johnson

        Accounting Assistant

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        Bruce Mena-Sierra

        Manager of Match Support - 2nd-7th Grade (Bilingüe)

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Hot Wheels

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        Courtney Gilbert

        Volunteer & Child Intake Coordinator

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Dance

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        Erica Ostroski

        Chief Operating Officer

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        Hayley Gimblett

        Program Teams Specialist

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        Jack Barnhart

        Match Support Specialist - 2nd-7th Grade

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Pokémon

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        Jordan Cronan

        Special Events Assistant

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: The Lizzie McGuire Movie

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        Kristie Williams

        Director of Match Support

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Singing and Dancing to anything Paula Abdul

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        Leslie Ramirez

        Match Support Specialist - 8th-11th Grade (Bilingüe)

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        Megan Furney

        Senior Volunteer Enrollment & Matching Specialist (Bilingüe)

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Skateboarding

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        Patty Munoz-Gibson

        Senior Match Support Specialist - 8th-11th Grade (Bilingüe)

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Lite Brite

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        Simphony Guiden

        Volunteer Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Playing School

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        Ximena Pecina

        Match Support Specialist - 12th Grade & Beyond


        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Happy Feet

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        Andrea Davidson

        Manager of Child Enrollment & Matching

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: American Girl Dolls

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        Becky Losey

        Part Time Brand Ambassador

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        Brenda Mena-Sierra

        90-Day Match Support Specialist

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        Craig Mattke

        Thrift Operations Director

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Football in the backyard

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        Erika Diaz

        Child Enrollment and Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SHOW: Rugrats

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        Isabel Baughn

        Match Support Specialist 2nd – 7th Grade


        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Wizards of Waverly Place

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        Jackie Hedeman

        Grant Writer

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        Jordan Hall

        Brand Ambassador

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        Kevin Clarke

        Director of Corporate Partnerships

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        Maddy Trofholz

        Special Events Manager

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SHOW: Hannah Montana

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        Micheal Lawrence

        CEO

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        Riley Hundley

        Manager of Match Support - 12th Grade & Beyond, Interim Manager of Match Support - 8th-11th Grade

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Pokémon
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        Tiffany Stuck

        Chief Development Officer

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Creepy Crawlers

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        Andrew Long

        Match Support Specialist - 8th - 11th Grade


        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Star Wars Episode I

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        Brittany Davis

        Director of Special Events

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Clarissa Explains It All

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        Carrie King

        Trauma Informed Care Specialist


        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Boy Meets World

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        Derrick Jennings

        Part-Time Brand Ambassador

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TOY: Legos

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        Erika Nowak

        Senior Volunteer Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD SHOW: Lizzie McGuire

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        Jade Ong

        Match Support Specialist 8th-11th Grade

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Shrek

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        Jayla Cody

        Match Support Specialist - 12th Grade & Beyond

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: Rugrats

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        Kara Phillips

        Senior Volunteer Enrollment & Matching Specialist

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD ACTIVITY: Singing and Dancing to Spice Girls

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        Lauren Suter

        Match Support Specialist - 8th-11th Grade

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIE: Balto

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        Madeline Simonds

        Content & Digital Marketing Manager

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD MOVIES: Mary Kate and Ashley

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        Michaela Spitsnogle

        Match Support Specialist - 2nd-7th Grade

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD TV SHOW: ZOOM!

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        Riley Faulk

        Special Events Assistant

        FAVORITE CHILDHOOD FOOD: Anything with Hidden Valley Ranch

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        Tonya Jackson

        Chief Program Officer)

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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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