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BBBSKC announces new team members and promotions

At Big Brothers Big Sisters, we're always evolving, and 2019 has been no different. This year, we've welcomed several new people to our team and have promoted several team members to new positions of leadership. Check out all of the exciting new hires and promotions below!


Abigail Lutz — Graphic Designer

Abigail has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 1 1/2 years. As the Graphic Designer, Abigail builds the BBBSKC brand through public-facing print and web-designed projects by serving as the day-to-day contact for graphic design projects. Abigail creates designs that ensure that the mission of BBBS shines through.

Anamilet Saenz — Manager of Child Enrollment & Matching (Bilingüe)

Anamilet has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 4 1/2 years. In her brand-new position, Anamilet interviews and enrolls families in the BBBSKC program. She and her team visit families in their homes to learn about the child and about their family to write a profile about them to find the best Big for them. Her team also meets with the Volunteer Enrollment and Matching team weekly to prepare matches for Bigs and Littles.

Audrey Johnson — Accounting Manager

Audrey has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for over 6 years! As the new Accounting Manager, Audrey will serve as a supervisor for the Donation Center Drivers and expand her role in oversight and management of the logistics of the BBBSKC and satellite office financials.

Brittney Scarborough — Manager of Match Support 2nd—7th Grade

Brittney has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 2 1/2 years. As the Manager of Match Support 2nd-7th Grade, Brittney will oversee a team of 5 Match Support Specialists that provides match support to families and Bigs. In her new role, Brittney will serve as an additional support and advocate for her team, addressing any issues that may arise in their daily operations through coaching, encouragement, and guidance.

Chandra Clark — Director of Community Outreach

Chandra has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 4 years. In her new role, Chandra will lead a brand-new department dedicated to community outreach. Chandra will lead a team of Brand Ambassadors that will help strengthen and grow the agency's relationships with the community. Chandra will also focus on the development and implementation of the BBBSKC workforce development program to help expand the pipeline of resources that are available to our Little Brothers and Sisters.

Jessie Chastain — Manager of Volunteer Enrollment & Matching (Bilingüe)

Jessie has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 4 years. In her new role, Jessie focuses on the volunteer experience to help create the best possible match. Her team gets to know volunteers through conducting home visits, gathering references and interviewing volunteers online and in-person. They then work with the Child Enrollment team to find the best possible match. In addition to enrolling volunteers and matching them, Jessie will also help create systems that will enable matches to start their long-time friendship as soon as possible.

Kevin Clarke — Director of Corporate Partnerships

Kevin has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 1 1/2 years. In his new role, Kevin will supervise a new team member that will provide additional support to our corporate giving programs. Kevin will continue to meet with new companies and share all of the different ways they can get involved with BBBSKC and make an impact.

Kristie Williams — Manager of Match Support 8th—10th Grade

Kristie has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for almost 8 years! In her new role as a Manager of Match Support, Kristie will work closely with her new team that consists of three additional Match Support Specialists to provide coaching, advice, resources, and support to each match and to build a relationship with the Little, Parent and Big. Kristie will work to ensure that her team is balanced, working towards agency goals, and adhering to national standards, and will also provide guidance, encouragement, and leadership to the team so they have everything the need to be successful in their roles.

Maggie Klos — Systems & Innovation Manager

Maggie has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for over 3 years! In her brand-new role, Maggie will focus on ensuring that the agency is working efficiently and effectively so that we can defend the potential of more Littles in Kansas City. Maggie will manage special projects, oversee database management, and create solutions for inefficiencies. Her goal is to ensure that BBBSKC continues to be an innovative organization by constantly evaluating, refining, and developing our operational systems to make our work less chaotic and more focused on our mission.

Rachel Kobelt — Manager of Match Support 11th Grade and Beyond

Rachel has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for a little over a year. In her new role, Rachel will supervise and advocate for a team of three match support specialists and assist with match support issues as needed. Rachel will be responsible for team goals and metrics and will work with the team to improve documentation and quality assurance. In addition, Rachel will also maintain a student resource database and coordinate, schedule and plan all events for matches in 8th - 12th grade.

Tami Carolan — Student Enrollment Manager

Tami has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for over 7 years! In her new and expanded role, Tami will manage all new children/families that the agency serves from the point of interest through assignment to the child enrollment and matching team. Tami is also responsible for school and community organization partnerships, where she will continue to establish partnerships, work with school and organization staff to refer children to the program, conduct informational meetings with students, and serve as a liaison between our staff and their staff to better support our Littles.

Bri Hopkins — Individual Giving Manager

As a community-minded professional, Bri focuses on serving the KC community to empower women and teens through the arts, mentorship, entrepreneurship, and professional development for young emerging leaders. Originally from St. Louis, Bri moved to Kansas City in May of 2016 after graduating from Drury University with her bachelor of arts in Arts Administration, Theatre, and Entrepreneurship. Before Big Brothers Big Sisters, Bri served as the Development Manager for the Youth Symphony of Kansas City. Bri works with Match Makers, our monthly giving program, and the Life Changing Circle, which helps BBBSKC donors make a lifelong impact for their community.

Courtney Gilbert — Volunteer Recruitment Assistant

Truly a "people person" to the core, Courtney has always had a passion for interacting with and learning about people of all ages from a variety of different backgrounds. To enhance her natural ability to relate with individuals, Courtney has taken child development classes through multiple Kansas City-area institutions, including Rockhurst University, Penn Valley, and UMKC. These continuing education classes, coupled with Courtney's outgoing and upbeat personality, have led to fun opportunities working with children through dance, church, and sports, as well as working hand-in-hand with adults to coordinate fun-filled educational and recreational activities for students city-wide.

Derrick Jennings — Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Derrick attended UMKC and majored in Computer Science and French. While he was there, he spent four years developing A Bridge to the Stars, an educational pipeline for under-represented high schoolers in STEM. “I’m excited to work with Big Brothers Big Sisters because it marries my passion for bettering the world to my fascination with organizational development.”

Hannah Goodwin — Administrative Assistant

Hannah graduated from Missouri State University with her bachelor's in communication and minors in diversity studies and sociology. She has previously served in community engagement roles and is an active volunteer in the community. “I’m excited to work at BBBS because we have the privilege of helping children and families in our community feel seen, heard and valued.”

Joey Schmidt — Match Support Specialist 8th-10th Grade

Joey graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Studio Art and a minor in Psychology. Upon graduation, he moved to Kansas City and served as a Teach for America Corps member for two years and received his master's in Secondary Education from the University of Missouri St. Louis. "I know the power having a good mentor and friend can have on your life. I have had the privilege to have access to multiple mentors throughout my life in the form of parents, siblings, friends, and bosses who have helped form me into the person I am today. By working here, I am able to work for an organization that realizes the impact that having another caring individual can have on any person’s life, especially at a younger age."

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

Kelsey graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a bachelor's degree in communication studies and Spanish. "I am excited to work here at BBBS because I love the idea of going to work and knowing that I am doing something to help the awesome kiddos in my community!"

Kimberly Karashin — Vice President of Human Resources and Culture

Kimberly holds a bachelor's degree in anthropology from the University of Kansas and a master's degree in public affairs from Park University. Kimberly brings over 10 years of experience in human resources, with a focus on training, hiring, and employee relations, to her brand-new position at BBBSKC. "We are always looking for that fit, the perfect career or organization. When I read the job description at Big Brothers Big Sisters I knew that I finally found that perfect fit for me because it is a position where I could utilize my experience and skills while working for an organization whose mission fulfills my heart and is seen every single day!"

Liz Freeman — Engagement and Foundation Manager

As the Engagement and Foundation Manager, Liz is responsible for managing all grant processes and procedures, including applications, reporting, data management, and internal communications. Additionally, Liz handles donor engagement processes, such as tax letters, thank you letters, and stewardship. Previously, she was a consultant with the Entrepreneurship department at the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, where she served as project manager for the Inclusion Open RFP. Liz is an alumna of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received a bachelor's degree in Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Management. “I’m excited to work for BBBSKC because the organization’s mission resonates so deeply with me. I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support of mentors and sponsors throughout my life and career, and recognize that all children in our community should be given the opportunity to have a friendship like that for themselves."

Maddy McClure — Special Events Coordinator

Maddy graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2018 with a degree in Hospitality and minors in Business and Leadership Communications. While she attended UNL, Maddy had several internship opportunities with country clubs, the Tour Tournament in KC, and the Masters Golf Tournament. After graduating last May, Maddy worked for the Chicago Bulls in their sales program before moving to KC to begin her current role with BBBSKC. "I love working at BBBS because I had mentors growing up who had a big impact on my life, and I believe it's so important for kids to have friends and mentors help them realize their full potential. I love knowing that I get to come into work each day and help support those friendships."

Mario Garcia III — Match Support Specialist 8th-10th Grade

Mario graduated from Kansas State University with a bachelor of science in human development and family sciences. Mario participated in multiple mentorship programs as a mentor throughout high school and college and is eager to continue supporting mentorship in his role at BBBSKC. "I'm passionate about mentorship and I love working to create life-changing friendships in our community."

Megan Furney — Enrollment and Matching Specialist (Bilingüe)

Megan graduated from Rockhurst University with a bachelor of arts in Spanish and a minor in leadership development. She also received a Spanish Intensive Certificate from the Costa Rican Language Academy. Before joining the staff at BBBSKC, Megan volunteered with a variety of local and international organizations, including 1Nation1Day, Restoration House KC, and Iglesia Bautista Palabra Viva. "I'm excited to work at BBBSKC because building bridges is my life mission, especially in terms of language barriers. I'm excited to use my strengths to support children and teens in KC!"

Natalie Ortega Wells — Match Support Specialist 2nd-7th Grade (Bilingüe)

Natalie graduated from Lawrence University with a bachelor’s degree in English, Spanish, and gender studies, and just finished her master’s degree in social work at Columbia University this May. Before coming to BBBSKC, Natalie worked with a nonprofit in New York that advocates for better conditions in state prisons. She also previously served as a mentor for freshmen at a New York City high school. "I’ve seen first-hand the impact that one-on-one mentoring can have. I’m so excited to support the development of meaningful relationships through BBBS and to continue to see the amazing impact that matches have on both Littles and Bigs!"

Paige Engle — Special Events Coordinator

Paige graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in journalism and mass communications and a minor in nonprofit leadership studies. She previously interned for Big Brothers Big Sisters for two summers before being hired full-time! "Working for BBBS has been my dream job since I was 19! I am so proud of our agency and the work that we do. I can’t imagine being any happier than I am here!"

Sofia Jimenez—Omana — Match Support Specialist 11th Grade and Beyond (Bilingüe)

Sofia received her bachelor’s degree in psychological sciences from Kansas State University and began her career at Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2019. Sofia volunteers with the Kansas and Missouri Dream Alliance where she currently works with immigrant youth in the community. "I love that BBBS sees the importance of investing in the future of our Littles and provides the opportunities and resources necessary to uplift our youth and community."


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