2017 National Conference

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Vu Le (“voo lay”)
Executive Director
Rainier Valley Corps

Vu Le is the author of the blog nonprofitaf.com, formerly known as nonprofitwithballs.com and Executive Director of Seattle-based nonprofit Rainier Valley Corps, which has the mission of tackling systemic injustice by developing leaders of color, strengthening organizations led by communities of color, and fostering collaborations between diverse communities. He loves nonprofit work, has extensive experience in all aspects of it after nearly a decade of being an executive director, and thinks nonprofit professionals are amazing and brilliant and good-looking. Outside of work, Vu watches way too much TV--Game of Thrones, Walking Dead, Archer, Golden Girls, stop judging--and spends time with his wife and two small children, ages 4 and 1.

[Developing an Effective Board to Power Big Futures]

Kurt Aschermann

Kurt Aschermann has almost 40 years’ experience as a marketing and resource development professional. Before retirement he served as Chief Marketing and Development Officer for Boys & Girls Clubs of America, where he supervised a staff that managed BGCA’s fund raising and marketing operations nation-wide. There he created and implemented a fund raising strategy for the organization that saw national revenue go from $350 million to $1.2 billion in a little over ten years. Relationships with major corporations, foundations and individuals resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars raised for the organization and unprecedented awareness for the Boys & Girls Clubs Movement. Besides helping to establish BGCA as the Official Charity of Major League Baseball, Aschermann guided the organization to forge national partnerships with the National Football League, National Basketball Association, Coca-Cola, Microsoft, and many other international corporations.

Aschermann was the architect for BGCAs National Board of Governors reorganization plan in the early 90’s and he managed the organization’s relationships with various high profile spokespersons like Denzel Washington, Anna Kournikova, Shaquille O’Neal, Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. In 2006 Aschermann packaged and helped produce Washington’s first book, A Hand to Guide Me.

Based in Virginia, Aschermann operates a consulting firm called KA6CONSULTING that provides services to a limited number of nonprofits and companies. He also continues to conduct retreats, workshops/breakout sessions and keynotes for nonprofits on marketing/branding, team building and management, board development, fund raising and cause related marketing.

[New Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Luncheon with Pam Iorio and Got It, Need It, Can’t Do It Workshop with Kurt Aschermann]

[It’s All About Raising More Money]


Hillary Bardwell
Director, Foundation Grants
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Hillary Bardwell has significant experience in student mentoring and community partnerships. As Director, Foundation Grants at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, she spearheads several LGBTQ youth mentoring grant projects, hosts LGBTQQ sensitivity training webinars, and organizes initiatives including a highly active Community of Practice forum for discussion, resources and peer sharing. Previously, Ms. Bardwell launched career workshops for public policy students; mentoring programs for special populations including LGBTQ, international, and high-achiever minority students at Rutgers University. She championed a first-time in college student/alumni mentoring program at the Bloustein School of Planning & Public Policy at Rutgers University; designed and taught programming for Rutgers’ first-year students in transition to college; and created college preparatory presentations in partnership with several school districts in southwest Florida, which included a mentoring program component for middle and high school students while at the University of South Florida. Her programs have served as models for peer institutions. She has been a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Mercer County, NJ for over 6 years.

[Building LGBTQ Awareness: Creating Inclusive Communities]

[Models of Inclusion - Learning from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America LGBTQ Youth Initiative]


Nancy Basinger
President & CEO
BBBS of Utah

[mentor2.0: Impacting Youth Outcomes and Post-Secondary Success]

Bryan Bazzi
President & Founder

Bryan Bazzi is a community leader and young professional activist within the Iraqi-Chaldean community of San Diego. Bryan is the President and founder of the Ayana "Affinity Alliance" and with BBBS of San Diego County staff directs and leads all aspects of Chaldean community buy-in, volunteer and family recruitment and resource development. Bryan is a native of San Diego, but his parents fled the war in Iraq in the 1980s and were resettled in the United States. He is actively involved in Chaldean religious and community life. Bryan works for CBRE.

[Developing a Refugee Program]

Melissa Beck
BBBS of Orange County

[Successfully Serving High School and College Aged Youth]

Jovan Bowles
Director of Development
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater LA

Jovan C. Bowles has worked professionally in development for the last fifteen years. A Los Angeles native and graduate of Hampton University in Virginia, Jovan found himself in Washington, D.C. after undergrad for many years working on the development team for organizations like the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education, and the Ummah Endowment Fund. For the last five years since returning to Los Angeles in 2008, Jovan worked in development at the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), raising over $3.5 million annually toward a total $8 million budget through corporate partnerships, major gifts, and events. He made major impacts in the development of a youth program, strengthening senior volunteer committees, streamlining processes, and increasing youth empowerment and a necessary skill set to take the organizations development efforts to the next level.

[Operation Think Tank: Developing & Managing a Successful & Engaged Board]

Benna Cail
Senior Director of Outreach Programs
First Tee

Benna Cail’s experience spans over 25 years in positive youth development through physical activity and sports as a physical educator, youth sports director, and currently as Senior Director of Outreach Programs for The First Tee home office. Benna oversees curriculum and training design and development for The First Tee National School ProgramandThe First Tee DRIVEprogram – two national golf, character and health education programs designed for elementary schools and after-school youth agencies, respectively. Launched in 2003, she authored the original curriculum and professional development training for the National School Program that is now being utilized in over 8,000 schools impacting more than 4 million students. The First Tee’s after-school initiative, The First Tee DRIVE, launched in 2012 and is now offered in over 1,000 after-school locations. She trains and manages a team of national trainers who conduct professional development sessions across the United States each year for elementary physical educators and after-school activity directors.

Colleen Chappell
President and CEO, APR

As the President and CEO of ChappellRoberts, Colleen leverages nearly 30 years of experience, specializing in brand development, integrated marketing, advertising, public relations, pricing strategies and distribution channel launch and growth. Colleen knows what it’s like to sit in a Chief Marketing Officer’s chair or lead a business sales channel from the ground up. Top-tier national agencies once called her the client, and that experience has proven invaluable on the agency side of the business. Colleen brings an unstoppable stream of enthusiasm to the agency. As a premiere business leader in Florida, Colleen was named both Tampa Bay’s Businesswoman of the Year by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and University of South Florida’s School of Mass Communications Outstanding Alumnus. She and her team have been recognized as winners of the coveted international Gold Stevie Award for Management Team of the Year and the international Bronze Stevie Award for Business Services Female Executive of the Year. With a Bachelor of Arts in mass communications from the University of South Florida, Colleen is a Dale Carnegie graduate and accredited in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America. She has served on the executive boards of the Tampa Bay Partnership, and the American Marketing Association Global Headquarters Professional Chapters Council. Most recently, she served as the Chair of the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation.

[Sharing Big Success through your Annual Report]

Jeffrey Chin
Chief Executive Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/Metrowest, Inc.

Alexandria Clinger
Community Development Coordinator
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana

Alexandria Clinger currently serves as a Community Development Coordinator at BBBS of Northeast Indiana. A graduate of Ball State University, Clinger earned her bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication. This degree focuses on informing, persuading, and promoting goodwill to larger groups. While at Big Brothers Big Sisters, she has managed numerous campaigns and focuses on recruitment.

One of Clinger’s most successful campaigns was the Minority Reengagement Campaign. In just 50 days, 76% of minority recruits became volunteers, donors, and ambassadors for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She continues to strive to enrich the community with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the mission it serves. She has high energy for driving customer satisfaction and developing relationships by using outstanding organizational, communication, and presentation skills.

Clinger’s driving passion is to help underprivileged youth. Growing up without a mother, she understands the need to have a female role model in her life. She currently is a Big Sister to her Little Sister Jamorrah. The pair likes to color, paint nails, and sing at the top of their lungs. Clinger also is involved with Teach on the Beach, a nonprofit teaching organization based out of Ghana, West Africa. She helped create a positive learning environment for students who did not have the privilege to attend school every day. When Clinger isn’t busy out in the community recruiting volunteers, you will find her at home snuggled with her dog Maggie watching her favorite TV show.

[Recruiting Minority Bigs]

Karen Collins
Senior Director, Business Services
Zen marketing, Zuri Group

[7 Steps to ZEN Success]

Matthew Courser, Ph.D
Research Scientist
PIRE Louisville Center

Dr. Courser is a Research Scientist in PIRE’s Louisville Center. He has a Ph.D in political science from The Ohio State University and is a research methodologist with training in qualitative and quantitative research methods.He both domestically and internationally on evaluations of drug treatment programs, mentoring and other positive youth development interventions, substance abuse prevention programs, and education programs. Dr. Courser has led multiple mentoring research projects funded by OJJDP.His work has included a multisite evaluation of mentoring as an intervention for system-involved youth, and developmental evaluation of an intergenerational mentoring program.He also served as the Principal Investigator of an OJJDP-funded project (implemented in partnership with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana) that assessed the impact of mentor training on mentoring program outcomes.He currently serves as Principal Investigator of an OJJDP-funded project that is investigating the impact of parental engagement, parenting styles, and family dynamics on mentoring program outcomes.

[How Parents Impact Match Outcomes]

Marie Cubillas
Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Santa Cruz County

Katie Davis
Dream Big Consulting

Katie Davis has a Masters in Nonprofit Management from the University of Missouri and has worked in the nonprofit field her entire career. As CEO, she led Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks to success adapting the open book management philosophies found in the book, The Great Game of Business. After one year of full implementation, the agency exceeded $1 million in revenue, which was a 22% increase over the previous year, expanded services by 17%, and received recognition locally and nationwide. This recognition included being awarded the 2015 mid-size Agency of the Year by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and receiving the Pioneer Award at the 2016 Gathering of the Games. After nine years (six as CEO) at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks, Katie stepped down in September of 2016. Now the owner of Dream Big Consulting LLC, Davis has partnered with the Great Game of Business to create the Great Game for the Social Sectors. This new venture is aimed at creating workshops and training programs designed to help organizations in the nonprofit and public sectors adapt the proven principles of Open-Book Management.

[Playing the Great Game of Business to Enhance Sustainability]

Stephanie Dinnen-Reini
Director of Development
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego

Stephanie Dinnen-Reini is an experienced grant writer, with nearly ten years prospecting and writing successful federal, private and corporate foundation grant proposals. Stephanie joined the staff in 2013 as a grant writer and quickly promoted to the role of Senior Manager within the development department. In 2016 she ascended to Director of Institutional Development overseeing all fund development, strategic new program development, and stewardship. Stephanie is a trained gerontologist, specializing in trauma and mental health care for older adult populations. Prior to joining BBBS, she worked at the Yale School of Medicine studying the dissemination and implementation of psychiatric treatments for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder; she has more than 20 peer-reviewed publications within the field of traumatic stress. Stephanie holds a B.A. from Wittenberg University and an M.S. from the University of Massachusetts. She is a proud Navy wife and mother.

Lindsey Douglas
Development Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County

Lindsey Douglas has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County since 2010, first as Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, then as Resource Development Director, and currently as Assistant Director. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Lindsey served as the Family Partnerships Coordinator for the Head Start/Early Head Start Program based in Huntington, WV, providing services across 4 counties to over 700 children. Lindsey holds a B.S. in Education from James Madison University and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management. Her career has been focused on serving others and her community.

[Powering BIG Business Relationships through Events]

Michelle Drake
Director of Operations
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

Michelle has been with BBBS of the Midlands since 2004. In this time, the agency has quadrupled in size, growing from 9 employees to 36. As Director of Operations, she guides and manages the overall provision of Human Resources services, policies and programs for the agency. She has earned HR certifications from both SHRM and HRCI. Michelle is motivated by the belief that positive outcomes for kids and agency success depend on having well-trained, accountable, highly engaged, and happy employees.

[Strategies to Keep Your Staff Engaged]

Kim Evered
Director of Client Support
Zuri Group

Kim has over 20 years of experience in client support, digital marketing, small business operations and growth management. As Director of Client Support, Kim is responsible for implementing and supporting the websites, donor management platform, and peer-to-peer (P2P) fundraising applications Zuri Group implements with various clients.

Prior to joining the Zuri team, Kim has held several leadership positions in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. Her expertise includes directing operations, software implementation, marketing, sales, and training. Her experience and enthusiasm for building business processes, systems and teams is key to the success of Zuri’s clients.

Kim received her B.A. in English from Willamette University and then spent 2 years in the Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa. In addition to being an outdoor enthusiast, Kim is active in the Bend community and is a member of ConnectW, a local women’s networking group. She is also the Advisory Council Chair for Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Oregon and has been a Big Sister for 7 years.

[7 Steps to ZEN Success]

Christina Fleury
Director of Worcester College Programs
BBBS Central MA/Metrowest

[College Programming: From Start to Sustainable Success]

Wendy Foster
Chief Executive Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay

Laura Fredricks
CEO and Founder

Laura Fredricks is the Billion Dollar A$K Maker Powerhouse, who as CEO and Founder of THE A$K© trains and coaches nonprofits and businesses on How to A$K for Money…and More of It. She is the first to combine the most trusted professions, law and philanthropy, to show how any person, charity or business can raise money to unprecedented levels. For over 25 years, she has advised organizations around the globe on current trends within the philanthropic world and emerging thoughts on management of their assets, personnel, and organizational structure. Her five books, including THE A$K©, are the international industry leading go-to guides. Her latest book: “THE ASK: For Business, For Philanthropy, and Every Day Living”will be out September 2017. Laura is today's Money Wellness Expert and Media Personality.

[360 Degree Fundraising- Get the Most from your Board and Staff]

Joel Freeman
Celebrity Trainer

A Beachbody Celebrity Trainer, Joel’s career in the health and fitness industry spans over 15 years. From running day-to-day operations in a Washington gym to managing Group X programming at Gold's Gym® SoCal and becoming an International Certified Fitness Trainer—he's done it all! But Joel's passion has always been teaching and showing others how to live healthy and fulfilling lives. That's why in 2016, he teamed up with fellow Super Trainer Jericho McMatthews and Beachbody to create CORE DE FORCE™. With this 30-day mixed martial arts-inspired workout, he hopes to motivate even more people to get fit and make healthier choices—all while enjoying the journey! When he’s not working out, Joel enjoys spending time with his wife, fur babies, golfing and being a mentor in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

[Workout with Joel Freeman, Beachbody Celebrity Super Trainer]

Tanya Gibson
HR Director
BBBS of America

As the Director of Human Resources, Tanya is responsible for keeping abreast of human capital management as it relates to recruitment, regulatory and legislative issues concerning human resources, performance management, compensation and benefits, and employee engagement for the National office. In addition, she works closely with the Chief of Staff and General Counsel to recommend best practices for the National office. Tanya joined BBBSA after working as HR Manager for a large, privately held healthcare company in the Tampa bay area. She began her career in teaching and received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from the University of Florida. Tanya also received her MBA from Saint Leo University and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.

[Top HR Trends for your Workforce]

Melissa Gordon
CM Consulting Group, LLC

With over ten years’ experience leading programs at both a local and national level, Melissa first served in program leadership at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana in Louisville, Kentucky. From there, she had the privilege of working with hundreds of organizations around the country in her role with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. During her time there, Melissa developed strong relationships with agency leaders and boards by offering customized, in-person and virtual consultative services. Melissa is now co-owner of CM Consulting Group-which has served over 63 BBBS agencies of all sizes across 28 states, and continues to expand their reach. Melissa is also a Gold Star Speaker for Communication Across Barriers, ­ an agency fighting the crisis of poverty. Melissa also holds a Masters of Social Work from the University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work.

[Emerging Best Practices to Enhance the Quality and Safety of Your Mentoring Programs]

Jessica Haggett
Director of MySTEM & Corporate Programming
BBBS Central Mass / Metrowest

[MySTEM - A Model for Total STEM Engagement]

Sarah Heimer
BBBS Northwest Arkansas

Sarah is an individual who is task orient and able to accomplish big picture visions! She has worked in the business world, and transitioned to being a Development Director for a non-profit when she wanted to seek a more meaningful career, helping change lives. Sarah has served as Executive Director for BBBSNWA for the past 2.5 years and in that time the agency has doubled their budget, raised their profile, and created partnership across their region to reach both rural and city kids. Sarah is passionate about teams, and having the right people, on the rights seat in the bus. Partnerships and collaborations are most beneficial when everyone is playing to their strengths, and the community benefits as a result! Sarah is creative with problem solving, driving numbers, and creating collaborations, and it is her team that makes it all work together!

[How to Develop a Collaborative College Partnership]

Jonathan Hile

Jon Hile has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City since March of 2001.He is responsible for all agency operations and program delivery systems and works closely with the CEO and Executive Committee of the Board to successfully set and implement BBBSKC’s strategic objectives.In addition, Hile is responsible for management of the clothing donation business, a social enterprise effort of BBBS that produces nearly $800,000 general operating net revenue to support BBBSKC. During his tenure, BBBSKC has been recognized as a top performing ‘Gold Standard’ agency in six of the last eight years and has been a finalist for BBBS Agency of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015 (winning the award in 2011, 2013 and 2015).In 2012, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America recognized Hile with the Margaret Slack award for professional achievement. Jon has a Bachelor’s Degree from Truman State University and a Masters in Public Administration from UMKC.He is a graduate of the Centurions Leadership Program (2012) and was elected to the Kansas City Missouri School Board in 2012 and served four years, including two years as the Board President.Currently, Jon serves as a Board Member for City Year, the Catalyst Fund, and KC Scholars. He also serves in an advisory capacity to several other education improvement efforts related to early learning and school quality. Jon was recognized as one of Ingram’s magazine’s 40 under 40 in 2016.

[Planning, Executing, and Sustaining Quality Growth]

[Successfully Serving High School and College Aged Youth]

Dan Hill
Hill Impact

Dan Hill is CEO of Hill Impact, an integrated strategic communications and government relations firm located in Washington, D.C. For more than twenty years Hill has guided organizations and high-profile individuals through complex issues including crisis. He is among the most sought-after and quoted experts on brand & reputation management in the nation. Hill's clients include Fortune 100 multinational corporations, global non-profits and notable names in the sports & entertainment industries.

[How to Prepare For & Manage Crises]

Margaret Hiss
Senior Consultant
Zuri Group

Margaret is a strategy professional with a wealth of knowledge in nonprofit management and organizational development. She has worked extensively with organizations focusing on streamlining operations, implementing efficient business practices, and launching online fundraising campaigns.

Margaret’s particular areas of expertise include software system selections and implementation projects that blend cutting-edge technology, modern user experience, and creative strategies to reach campaign goals.

Margaret excels at project planning, requirements documentation, strategic campaign development and client service. During her time with Zuri Group Margaret has assisted clients see a 200% increase in revenue for year-end giving, find new fundraising and constituent management software solutions, and organize and implement web design and development projects.

Pam Iorio
President and Chief Executive Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Pam Iorio is the President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the country’s oldest and most effective mentoring organization, leading the organization since March 31, 2014.

Iorio, the former two-term Mayor of Tampa, Florida, successfully led the 54th largest city in the United States, leaving office in 2011 with a remarkable 87 percent approval rating. First elected in 2003, Iorio’s tenure was marked by a revitalized downtown, massive investment in infrastructure, redevelopment throughout the city, unprecedented reduction in crime, commitment to the arts and fiscal soundness, with financial reserves tripling even during a recession.

First elected to public office at age 26, Iorio was the youngest person ever to win a seat on the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County, Florida. In 1992 she was elected for the first of three terms as the county’s Supervisor of Elections. In 1999 she served as the president of the State Association of Supervisors of Elections, where she served as spokesperson for the organization during the highly publicized 2000 presidential election in Florida.

In 2012, after three decades in public life Iorio authored a leadership book, "Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead" and helped organizations build strong and effective leaders as a keynote speaker. She also served as the Leader-in-Residence at the John H. Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa. In 2012, Iorio was asked to serve as the interim CEO of The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County after the agency went through significant leadership challenges. She served in that capacity until July 2013, setting the agency on a positive course and assisting in the selection of a new Executive Director.

Iorio graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. degree in Political Science. She holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of South Florida. She is married with two children.

[New Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer Luncheon with Pam Iorio and Got It, Need It, Can’t Do It Workshop with Kurt Aschermann]

[1-1 with Pam Iorio and Board Members]

Director, Professional Development
Comcast Corporation-California Region, Comcast University

Kim Jackson is Comcast’s Regional Director of Learning and Development for California.Kim has over 15 years of experience in talent development, performance consulting, training, and administration.She is a sought after presenter and has been a speaker for numerous Comcast events and non-profits. She has extensive experience in strategic planning and tactical application of organizational development, change management, blended learning frameworks and talent management discipline to maximize organizational investments in human capital. Kim has a strong record of translating business strategy into operating results and a proven ability to collaboratively lead field based and multi-generational teams.

Kim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from San Diego State University with a Minor in English and a MBA from San Jose State University with an emphasis in Finance.She is a certified Instructor/ Trainer for several leadership development programs and an active member of Women in Cable Telecommunications; National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC); Association for Talent Development; Jack and Jill of America; and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is also a NAMIC Leadership graduate and served as a Board Member for Morgan Hill’s Chamber of Commerce. Kim resides in San Jose, California with her husband, three sons, and two dogs (her 4-legged children). In her spare time, is an avid shopper, reader, and ideator.

[“Don’t Look Now, but They’re Wearing Pajamas to Work!”---Leading in a Multi-Generational Workforce]

Alexander James
Director of Partner Programs

[mentor2.0: Impacting Youth Outcomes and Post-Secondary Success]

Patti Johnson
Marketing Director
BBBS of Greater LA

[Establishing a Bigs in Blue Program in Your Market]

Jolynn Kenney
Vice President of Programs
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound

Jolynn Kenney is the Vice President of Programs with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Puget Sound. She became a volunteer Big Sister in 1999 and her experience as a mentor inspired her to share mentoring with thousands of other people. After earning a M.Ed. in Counseling in 2005 from Wichita State University, she relocated to the Pacific Northwest and joined the local agency as staff. Jolynn is passionate about racial equity and justice issues and she works diligently to ensure young people have opportunities. Her areas of expertise include data and program evaluation, making Excel do what she wants, match support best practices, and child safety related issues and practices. Jolynn was honored to receive the national Skip Walsh award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 2016 which recognized her dedication to mentoring other staff throughout the national Big Brothers Big Sisters network.

[Planning, Executing, and Sustaining Quality Growth]

Molly Latham
BBBS of Southern Nevada

[Panel on Mentoring Foster Youth]

Abby Lathrop
Chief Program Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands

Abby Lathrop, Chief Program Officer, joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands in 2003. She became the Chief Program Officer in 2008 after holding several other positions within the agency including Associate Program Director and Partnership Coordinator. As the Chief Program Officer, Abby is responsible for supervising program staff that recruit, interview, screen, and train potential mentors. She also oversees the collection and reporting of data for our various programs. Abby received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and is a certified trainer in the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets. She received her Program Manager certification from Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 2009. Abby works closely with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America program staff on pilot initiatives our agency has been selected to participate in, including Enhanced School Based Mentoring, Hispanic Leadership Network, Strength of Relationship Survey, Program Outcome Measures, and most recently STEM and the PERL Project (Promoting Enhanced Resilience and Learning). Abby is currently serving as the co-chair of the MLAA-PD Network.

[Planning, Executing, and Sustaining Quality Growth]

Tori Sizemore Lehman CPA
Engagement Principal
CliftonLarsonAllen LLP

Tori is an engagement principal with CLA’s public sector group. Tori has more than 20 years of public auditing experience with a focus on nonprofit organizations and governmental entities. Tori received her bachelor of business administration in accounting from Stetson University in 1992. Additionally, Tori is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Florida.

[10 Questions to Ask Your Auditor]

Laura Lizer
Board Chair
BBBS of Greater LA

LAURA LIZER is widely recognized for her many professional, philanthropic and personal achievements. She leads by example and touches peoples’ lives with her generosity and compassion. For over 20 years, Laura has been sole owner and president of Laura Lizer and Associates, a financial management firm for entertainment industry professionals. Managing both legendary veterans including Dean Martin, Shirley MacClaine and Sidney Poitier and new industry leaders alike, she currently handles assets worth over $1 billion. Laura is the Trustee of the Dean Martin Family Trust. She has been profiled in “Money” magazine, and among others, “Los Angeles Magazine”, which called her, “One of the top five financial gurus in Los Angeles.”

Outside the boardroom, Laura has been deeply committed to her many volunteer efforts. Among them, she served as president of the Women in Business Foundation, and for eight years she worked with the Osmond Foundation, helping to raise over $100 million for the Children’s Miracle Network and the pediatric hospitals they fund. Children’s charities have continued to be at the top of Laura’s agenda. In 2004, after the passing of her mentor, Mort Viner, Laura founded the Mort Viner Scholarship Fund at Temple Israel of Hollywood, which is dedicated to assisting children of single parents. In addition, she is a long-time board member and past treasurer of SHARE, an organization that raises funds for programs and research benefiting developmentally disabled children. She also has been actively involved with the Summa Children’s Foundation and was honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her philanthropic efforts to positively impact the lives of young people in our community .

In 2008, Laura joined the Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. In 2010, she was selected to join the agency’s prestigious Board of Directors. Laura is currently serving as Board Chair.

At the heart of Laura’s humanity is her family: her husband Rob Word, a well-known entertainment executive and producer, and their 19-year-old son, Robby. They are her constant source of inspiration, and share her vision to make a difference in the lives of others.

[Operation Think Tank: Developing & Managing a Successful & Engaged Board]

Jackie Lyon
Assistant Director of Marketing & Special Events
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass/ Metrowest

[College Programming: From Start to Sustainable Success]

Fred Maahs
Senior Director of National Partnerships, Community Investment
Comcast Corporation

Fred Maahs Fred Maahs joined Comcast in December of 2007 and is the Senior Director, Community Investment, Comcast Corporation, and Vice President, Comcast Foundation. He is responsible for the strategic leadership of Comcast’s national community partnerships with organizations including Big Brothers Big Sisters, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, City Year, Easter Seals, The Arc, numerous relationships with Native American organizations, and a variety of diverse partnerships at the corporate and regional level.In addition, he serves on Comcast’s Joint Diversity Council and is an Executive Champion of Abilities Network – one of Comcast’s Employee Resource Groups.Early in his career at Comcast, in addition to national community partnerships, Fred was also responsible for the company’s national signature community investment programs - Comcast Cares Day, the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program, and the annual United Way campaign. He received his B.S. in Business Management from West Chester University, an A.S. in Business from Widener University, is certified in Corporate Social Responsibility Leadership from the Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College, and resides in Wilmington, Delaware.

[Partnership Opportunities with Comcast NBCUniversal]

Tim Midkiff
Chief Financial Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Tim Midkiff joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as controller in December 2013. In September 2014, he assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Tim oversees Information Technology, Grant Compliance and Quality Assurance, Payroll, Internal Audit, Annual Audit, Building Maintenance, and BBBSA Foundation.

Tim previously served as the controller for American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region. While at American Lung Association he lead in consecutive years of successful annual federal audits, managed grants from varying federal agencies as well as lead in several mergers.

Prior to joining American Lung Association, Tim served as the controller for Family Gateway. Tim comes from a background of business ownership where he successfully led the company from start-up to expansion to multiple locations.

Tim received a Bachelor Degree from Baylor University and Masters of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Dallas.

[Federal Grant Financial Administration Training]

[Understanding Non-Profit Accounting]

Stacey Nance
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana

Stacey Nance is the Chief Program Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana. She has 18 years of experience in the network serving at both the local and national levels. Her areas of expertise include program performance management, strategic alignment, child safety and youth protection, operations, and outcomes management. She led the Kentuckiana team through multiple research projects in collaboration with the PIRE team focused on volunteer training, intergenerational mentoring, Black male achievement, and parental engagement. She loves data and is excited to share some of their learnings with you!

[How Parents Impact Match Outcomes]

Eunice Lin Nichols
Vice President

Eunice Lin Nichols is a Vice President at Encore.org where she leads Generation to Generation, a 5-year campaign to mobilize one million adults 50+ to help kids thrive. Previously, she ran The Purpose Prize (now a program of AARP), which has awarded over $5 million in prizes to nearly 100 social entrepreneurs over the age of 60 since 2006. She also spearheaded the development of a new prize focused on organizational encore innovation. Previously, Eunice spent 11 years leading a portfolio of statewide programs to expand the social contributions of older adults in California. She scaled Experience Corps (now a program of the AARP Foundation) in San Francisco from a pilot project into an award-winning intergenerational program, engaging hundreds of older adults as tutors and mentors to more than 3,000 students in Bay Area schools. She also placed encore career-seekers in direct service, coordination and executive-level roles in 20 after school programs and other youth serving organizations. Eunice’s diverse experiences include managing an innovation team focused on re-envisioning a century-old 5,000-member faith-based institution, and working as a business consultant, specializing in international market expansion, consumer research and brand strategy. She is active in her community, serving as an elder at her church and leading an annual community festival for a state-subsidized preschool.

[Building Bridges Across Generations]

Julie Novak
Vice President, Child Safety
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Julie Novak joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 2004. As associate vice president of child safety, she serves as a leading expert and national spokesperson on child safety and youth protection. Novak leads the nationwide advancement of effective child abuse prevention and crisis response strategies and works collaboratively with other national experts from organizations including the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, Crimes Against Children Research Center, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Nonprofit Risk Management Center and law enforcement. Novak develops and provides statewide training on issues including abuse of children, violence prevention and crisis management. She currently serves as a member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation, LexisNexis’ Advisory Board and the NCMEC Youth Online Working Safety Group. Novak has received professional training in the areas of child abuse, exploitation, violence prevention and risk management. Prior to joining BBBSA she served as CEO of Big Brother Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin for 11 years where she expanded the organization’s service to children by more than 400 percent. She graduated from the University of Iowa and served for three years as a sexual assault and domestic violence victims’ advocate.

[Child Safety: System for Youth Protection Workshop]

[The Role of Caring Adults in Healing Trauma-Exposed Youth]

Brian O'Connor
Director, Public Education and Campaigns
Futures Without Violence

Brian O’ Connor started his career in advertising before shifting to journalism where he was a reporter in New York City. Now, he uses that media know how to craft national and international violence prevention campaigns for Futures Without Violence, which have also been locally adopted in over 75 communities around the world.

Brian’s experience in motivating diverse audiences is vast, having partnered with countless institutions and agencies such as UNICEF, the University of California, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US Dept. of Justice. From orchestrating cause marketing events for corporate leaders like Macy’s and Verizon to publishing articles in both popular and academic publications, his leadership has inspired people from all walks of life to denounce violence against women in the US and around the world. Brian holds Bachelor’s degrees in marketing and Spanish from Georgetown and a Master’s degree in Journalism from Columbia University. He is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and former Chairman of the Board of Root Division, an arts education non-profit in San Francisco, where he lives.

[The Role of Caring Adults in Healing Trauma-Exposed Youth]

Mike O'teeter
Chief Program Officer
BBBS Lone Star

[mentor2.0: Impacting Youth Outcomes and Post-Secondary Success]

Talya Oberfield
Managing Director

Talya has a range of experience in youth development, volunteer engagement and building sustainable partnerships. She began at iMentor as a Partnership Manager before moving into her current role. Prior to iMentor, Talya led program design and implementation at Boston-based Building Impact where she cultivated strategic partnerships across the non-profit and for-profit sectors to mobilize volunteers through the buildings where they work and live. In addition, Talya was a Teaching Fellow with Citizen Schools, where she taught and mentored middle school students and coached professionals as part of their school-based apprenticeship program while developing and delivering early college awareness workshops with Gear Up. Talya earned her B.A. from Brown University and M. Ed from Lesley University.

[mentor2.0: Impacting Youth Outcomes and Post-Secondary Success]

Katie Orlando
Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa

Katie Orlando lives the dream every day as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Iowa. This is Katie’s 7th year in the BBBS network; she quickly climbed up the later after switching from an inspiring career in Higher Education and Student Affairs in the Northeast to an entry-level Match Support Specialist at BBBS of Mid-Maine, and she hasn’t looked back. Katie is currently in her fourth year on the SMAA Steering Committee and her second year on the NLC Brand Standards Committee. She formally and informally mentors several fellow agency leaders, program staff and board members from across the country. Since Katie’s arrival to Iowa, her agency has received the Quality Award, Gold Standard Award, SMAA Board of the Year, and now the Pinnacle Standard Award. Her agency is also Iowa's Nonprofit of the Year. In 2016 she led her agency through a 41% growth of youth served while opening offices in three new counties and expanding offices in two others. In her free time Katie enjoys volunteering and has made her new community her home. She is on the boards of the local Volunteer Center, Historic Preservation Commission, RSVP program, Jaycees, and the Iowa Mentor Partnership, as well as several local, regional and national boards and committees for Kiwanis International. Her favorite volunteer opportunity is being a Big Sister to Little Sister Kiana.

[Leveraging the BBBS Brand: Low-Cost Fundraising and Marketing Solutions]

[Building a Passionate and Working Board]

Erica Ostroski
Director of Special Events
BBBS of Greater Kansas City

Erica Ostroski is the Director of Special Events for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City where her team is responsible for planning and executing all major fundraisers and friendraisers for the agency. She has been involved with BBBSKC as a Bowl for Kids’ Sake Team Captain since 2004 and has truly enjoyed her time as a Big Sister and employee since 2008. Erica has appreciated various accolades throughout her years of involvement with BBBSKC such as Kansas City’s Big Sister of the Year, Excellence in Volunteer Management Award, Top Multi-Day Fundraising Event and Top Fundraising Golf Tournament in Kansas City, to name a few. During her tenure, BBBSKC has been recognized as a top performing Gold Standard Agency in six of the last eight years and has been a finalist for Agency of the Year in 2010, 2011, 2013, and 2015 (winning in 2011, 2013 and 2015). During her nine years at the BBBSKC events helm: ·Special event revenue has grown by 350% ·Bowl for Kids’ Sake revenue has tripled, topping out at $740,000 in 2016 ·Bowl for Kids’ Sake team average has increased from $715 to $1,620

[Leveraging Bigs to Fundraise through BFKS]

Cerigwyn Parsons
CM Consulting Group, LLC

Cerigwyn Parsons has been connected to Big Brothers Big Sisters in some form or fashion since she began her work as a VP of Programs in Las Vegas, Nevada over a decade ago.

Whether she was managing a team and supporting hundreds of agencies for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, implementing new programs at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, or consulting with over 60 BBBS agencies in her current role as Co-owner of CM Consulting Group, Cerigwyn’s desire is to thoughtfully and honestly influence the quality of youth-serving organizations through analysis, coaching, and program implementation review.

With 20+ years of experience in non-profit and youth-serving organizations, Cerigwyn is passionate about supporting leaders as they invest in and serve their local communities.

[Running a Quality Program as a New Leader]

Lindsey Phillips
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County in Iowa

Lindsey Phillips is the Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Muscatine County in Iowa. Lindsey has always had a passion for social services and advocacy. Lindsey started her professional career serving as a domestic violence advocate responding to crisis situations. After earning a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Iowa the interest broadened. Lindsey has worked in family and children's services focused on safety and permanency, behavioral health, and victims services. As a social worker the impact and successes of Big Brothers Big Sisters lured her in. Starting as enrollment staff, Lindsey advanced in the agency and now serves as Director. While under her leadership the agency has increased the number of youth served, match length, began actively serving a new county, increased funding, and the organization has earned their first Quality Standard Award.

[Leveraging the BBBS Brand: Low-Cost Fundraising and Marketing Solutions]

Angela Reed Padilla
BBBS of Central New Mexico

[mentor2.0: Impacting Youth Outcomes and Post-Secondary Success]

Natalie Root
The Root Agency

Natalie Root, an alumna of Loyola University New Orleans, has helped not-for-profit organizations nationwide raise more than $100 million and increase awareness through strategic communications. Natalie's experience spans a variety of nonprofit sectors including social services, religious organizations, education, health care, arts/culture, and the private sectors of technology, ecommerce, and tourism. ​ Having served as both an external consultant and in-house development director, Natalie ensures that The Root Agency delivers vision, creativity, industry best practices, and strategic thinking in a collaborative, professional manner with empathy and diplomacy to her clients and their constituents. It is Mobi, The Big Dog, who sniffs out new funding opportunities and keeps her team and clients abreast of industry knowledge and trends. Natalie is currently serving as a consultant for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cumberland & Salem Counties and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Michigan. Personally, her own brother is a "Big" to Little Brother Tanrance who is graduating out of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa program this year with a football scholarship to a junior college in New Mexico. Natalie is awaiting her own Little this Spring. She looks forward to helping all agencies across the country grow awareness and funding for this critical mission. #PoweringBIGFutures

[Powering A Big "Ask"]

Dr. Christian Rummell
Senior Researcher
American Institutes for Research (AIR)

Dr. Christian Rummell has over 20 years of experience as a researcher, training and technical assistance provider, and practitioner in the youth mentoring field—with specific expertise on mentoring LGBTQ youth. Currently, Dr. Rummell is a Senior Researcher at American Institutes for Research (AIR). At AIR, Dr. Rummell co-authored a report on LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system and also studied the approach of cross-sector collaborations to prevent LGBTQ youth homelessness. Previously, Dr. Rummell was a dissertation research scholar at Portland State where he conducted one of the nation’s first studies that examined mentoring for gay youth.

[Building LGBTQ Awareness: Creating Inclusive Communities]

[Models of Inclusion - Learning from the Big Brothers Big Sisters of America LGBTQ Youth Initiative]

Edith Sanchez Cruz
Program Manager – Community Engagement, Bilingual
Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego

Edith Sanchez Cruz is the Program Manager for Community Initiatives. Edith began her career at BBBS in 2008 and ascended to the role of Program Manager having had the benefit of prior experience serving in several key programmatic roles within the agency including: Match Support Specialist and Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist. In her previous role, Edith was responsible for client, community and corporate stakeholder interactions including rapport building, volunteer recruitment and resource engagement. In this role, she designed and implemented county-wide agency recruitment activities, directed a team of 3 recruitment specialists; including community-based events, workplace information sessions and small group/individual engagement opportunities. One of her biggest successes was developing and launching the recruitment campaign-The Big Challenge: 100 Bigs in 100 days. While building rapport with current Bigs, Board Members, Staff and Community leaders, 160 new people learned about the importance of becoming a Big and overall obtained a 5% increase to the Inquiry to Interview yield rate. Given her great relationship building skills, Edith was transitioned to oversee new initiatives such as Ayana Chaldean Mentoring, Big Futures and soon, Bigs in Blue, to name a few. Edith holds a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University San Marcos and is committed to creating opportunities for youth through her volunteerism for CAPS- a faith based pregnancy clinic and as a volunteer for Evolution Soccer Academy.

[Developing a Refugee Program]

Henry Sandles
Director of Outreach
First Tee

Henry Sandles began his golf career as an assistant golf professional at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. During his 26 year tenure he coached Women’s NCAA Division I Golf and went on to become the Director of Golf at the University of New Mexico’s two Championship Golf Courses.

Henry began his career with The First Tee in 2001 as a Development Director where he was focused on working with nonprofit organizations to develop chapters of The First Tee. He was responsible for chapter and facility development management. As Managing, Director of Outreach for The First Tee his responsibilities include management of The First Tee National School Program, The First Tee DRIVE Program, and The First Tee LINK Provider program

Angie Scott
Associate Director of Child Safety
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Angie Scott has served as Associate Director of Child Safety for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America since June, 2015. Working in partnership with the Vice President of Child Safety, Scott supports the research and advancement of effective child protection strategies across Big Brothers Big Sisters’ nationwide network of affiliated agencies.  Before coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Scott provided direct service to children and families for four years through BBBS in the Tampa Bay region.  She has experience working with child and adult sexual assault and trauma survivors, and has received training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Advocacy Core Training through the Florida Council of Against Sexual Violence.  She holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.

[Child Safety: System for Youth Protection Workshop]

[Emerging Best Practices to Enhance the Quality and Safety of Your Mentoring Programs]

[The Role of Caring Adults in Healing Trauma-Exposed Youth]

Mary E. Shannon
President & Chief Development Officer
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters

Tiffany Siart
President & CEO
BBBS of Greater LA

[Establishing a Bigs in Blue Program in Your Market]

Dan Soliday
Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters

Bill Stanczykiewicz
The Fund Raising School

Bill Stanczykiewicz serves as director of The Fund Raising School and as a senior lecturer in philanthropic studies for the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Bill developed nationally-recognized expertise in nonprofit leadership and management, including fundraising, while serving for 17 years as President & CEO of the Indiana Youth Institute – a statewide nonprofit delivering responsive professional development and relevant data on children and youth to educators, youth workers, government officials and the media. Under Bill’s leadership, IYI’s fundraising increased significantly while becoming highly diversified, and IYI’s impact and success were cited by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and by the Indiana Achievement Award. Prior to leading IYI, Bill served in the public sector, first as a legislative aid to the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Children and Families and then as the Policy Director for Community Renewal, a cabinet-level position in the Office of the Mayor in Indianapolis where the initiative he designed and implemented was cited as a best practice by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Additional public administration responsibilities have included serving on Indiana’s Education Roundtable, the State Workforce Innovation Council, the Employ Indy regional workforce board and as an elected member of his local public school board. Bill’s professional career started as a radio sportscaster, and he was honored as the “Indiana Sportscaster of the Year.” His media skills continue to be utilized in his current leadership duties, including appearances on ABC’sGood Morning Americaand ESPN as well as through numerous newspaper op-eds and radio and television interviews across Indiana. Other personal awards include being named a “Sagamore of the Wabash,” the highest honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana on civic leaders. Bill also was recognized as a “Next Generation Leader” by the Rockefeller Foundation, listed in “Who’s Who in Education” by the Indianapolis Business Journal and named a “Friend of Education” by the Indiana State Teachers Association. Bill’s statewide and community volunteer service has included serving on leadership committees associated with the NCAA Final Four and the Super Bowl. Bill also served on the board of an inner-city youth organization, co-chaired a successful capital campaign for his religious congregation, coached youth sports and served on the board of his local community foundation. Bill earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in public administration (with a concentration in nonprofit management) from George Mason University and a post-graduate credential in executive leadership from Vanderbilt University. His fundraising skills were sharpened through courses offered by The Fund Raising School, and he serves as an adjunct faculty member at Purdue University. Bill enjoys dating his wife, Carmen, as well as boating, fishing, golfing and playing little league with their four children.

[Speak the Language of Business: Fundraising from the Business Sector]

Andrea Stelzl
AIM Support Analyst
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Andrea Stelzl is currently the AIM Support Analyst at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, but has been with the BBBS network professionally since 2011. After receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UW – La Crosse where she originally became a Big Sister, she served in AmeriCorps at a Wisconsin BBBS host site. Andrea then provided direct service while working at that same affiliate as an Enrollment/Match Support Specialist prior to joining the national team in 2015.

While Andrea’s main focus is working with the AIM system, you will also find her in the Agency Resource Center and guiding non-AIM agencies through their conversions.

[Utilizing AIM to the Fullest]

Chris Strub
I am Here

Chris Strub is one of the nation's leading nonprofit social media voices. In the summer of 2015, he took a solo roadtrip to work with nonprofit youth-related organizations in all 50 U.S. states, including nine different chapters of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Chris, the author of '50 States, 100 Days: The Book,' represented BBBS of South Central West Virginia at Periscope Summit Live in Jan. 2016, and recently worked as a social media consultant for Humana, based in Louisville, Ky.

[Strengthening Relationships and Raising Donations Through Social Media]

Kirsten Thompson

Ms. Thompson has a MA and BS in anthropology, with a background including collections research and quantitative and qualitative research methods. For the past seven years at PIRE, she has worked in the coordination, implementation, and project management of evaluation and intervention activities on the topics of youth access to harmful legal products, prescription drug abuse, substance abuse, and alcohol abuse. She has also helped design and implement evaluations on youth mentoring, rural access to healthcare education, rural access to continued education credits, rural access to shelter for homeless teen mothers, and oral health interventions with intellectually and developmentally disabled individuals. Ms. Thompson has also helped to culturally adapt instruments, training content, and intervention programs for areas as diverse as rural Tennessee and Pennsylvania, inner-city Louisville, frontier Alaska, and Afghanistan. She has extensive experience with conducting focus groups, and key community member and stakeholder interviews. She has worked with BBBS Kentuckiana on numerous OJJDP funded studies and the facilitation of focus groups utilized in the development of new lines of research. She also worked with BBBS America in 2014 writing a white paper on the growing field of Intergenerational (IG) mentoring, including the development of a theory of change based on literature and best practices.

[How Parents Impact Match Outcomes]

Susan Totty
Executive Director
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg – Rockingham County

Susan Totty has been Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Harrisonburg – Rockingham County since 2011. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Susan served as the State Program Director for the Smart Start early childhood initiative in North Carolina. Susan holds a B.A and M.A. in Education from the University of Northern Colorado and has over 25 years experience as a teacher and non-profit director. Her career has been focused on developing and directing services that impact vulnerable children and families.

[Powering BIG Business Relationships through Events]

Hanh Tran
Senior Director of Partner Programs

Hanh joins iMentor with experience in communications, consulting and non-profit program management. Formerly, Hanh worked at the Morgan Stanley Foundation where she created communications aimed at increasing the visibility of philanthropic initiatives. She has also worked in community outreach at New York Cares to expand volunteer opportunities in the Bronx and Brooklyn. Hanh has an interest in social entrepreneurship and previously served as a Kiva Fellow in Vietnam where she used video to share stories about women entrepreneurs. She has worked with refugee communities through WomenCraft, a social enterprise in Tanzania that connects rural artisans with international fair-trade markets. Hanh believes that all youth have the potential to succeed if given adequate opportunity and support and is thrilled to contribute to iMentor’s efforts to serve more students through mentoring. Hanh received her M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and her B.A. in journalism and marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

[mentor2.0: Impacting Youth Outcomes and Post-Secondary Success]

Nichole Turgeon
BBBS of the Midlands

Nichole Turgeon began her career with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands in 2005 as Development Director. As Development Director, Nichole worked with the CEO and Board of Directors to substantially grow the resources available to Big Brothers Big Sisters to serve children facing adversity. During her tenure as Development Director the agency’s revenue more than doubled leading the way for growth in program size and quality. Nichole’s success in transforming Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands’ finances as well as her strategic thinking as a member of the agency’s leadership team led to her identification as an agency leader. Nichole has served as CEO since 2011.

Nichole has been recognized as a 2010 Ten Outstanding Young Omahans by the Omaha Jaycees and was a 2011 recipient of the 40 Under 40 Award of the Midlands Business Journal. She serves on the nationwide Fund Development Committee and HR and Leadership Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America (BBBSA) and is the Co-Chair of the Mid Large Agency Alliance.

Nichole presented on the topic of Nonprofit Leadership Succession at the Association of Fundraising Professionals International Conference in 2015 and the topic of Employee Engagement at the Mentor Summit in 2017.

Nichole received her BBA in Marketing Resource Management from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington and attended Lancaster University in the United Kingdom. Nichole received her MA in Philanthropy & Development from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. Nichole is a Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE).

[Strategies to Keep Your Staff Engaged]

[Panel on Mentoring Foster Youth]

Lori Viner
Director of Operations & Administration
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State

[Working with Savers]

Stan Waddell
Director, Training and Education Child Welfare

Stan Waddell began working with underprivileged children and youth in 1986, and specifically children, youth, and their families in the foster care system in 1993. He has worked in numerous church settings, in multiple settings as a therapist, and has managed a number of Child Placement Agencies in Texas and New Mexico.Most recently in 2008, Stan began working for Cenpatico in both a clinical and training capacity. Stan has a Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Master of Religious Education, both from Southwestern Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas. Stan is licensed as a Licensed Professional Counselor in Texas. He is married to Connie and has two kids Beth and Spencer.

Sheila Weaver
Senior Account Executive
Pandora radio

Sheila Weaver is a Senior Account Executive with Pandora radio. She has 16 years of local & national advertising experience specializing in both digital and broadcast radio platforms. She is an expert in transitioning advertisers from the comfort of using traditional media outlets, to becoming targeting and tracking experts using the more engagement based platforms available today.

[Marketing with a Limited Budget]

Lynne West
BBBS of Ventura County

Lynne West is the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County. She started a dedicated Foster Mentoring Program at her agency in 1999 in collaboration with the Superintendent of Schools Office as a way to increase the graduation rates of foster youth. As a Big Sister to a former foster youth, she has witnessed first- hand the difference a mentor can make in the life of a child and by so doing the changes it has brought to her own life.

Lynne served on the National Leadership Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, is a past president of the California State Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters and currently sits on the Ventura County Children’s Oversight Committee. She is a certified trainer for other mentoring organizations and serves on numerous committees in Ventura County.

[Panel on Mentoring Foster Youth]

Donnevin Wolfe
Community Development Coordinator (CDC)
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana

Donnevin Wolfe currently serves as the Community Development Coordinator (CDC) of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana (BBBSNEI). Donnevin is a graduate of Ivy Tech Community College, Northeast Indiana, where he earned an Associate’s Degree in human services, and he is on track to receive a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice and a Master’s Degree in psychology from Trine University. Donnevin previously worked as a case manager for SCAN, Inc. in Fort Wayne, a leading organization in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. While transitioning into the role of Community Development Coordinator at BBBSNEI, Donnevin joined and strengthened our minority reengagement campaign. His short tenure with BBBS has already had significant impact, and he was instrumental in the success of our recent minority recruitment campaign, which matched 50 Littles with 50 Bigs in 50 days.

In addition to his prior position with SCAN, Donnevin also worked as a Group Home Trainer for Benchmark Human Services, which serves individuals with disabilities, and as an addictions group facilitator, sponsor, and direct program intern at the Boys and Girls Club of Fort Wayne. Donnevin has a substantial history of service to disadvantaged and at risk populations.

Donnevin has been matched in a successful one-to-one mentorship with his Little Brother, Maurice, for four years. Donnevin understands the importance of having a male mentor since he was once a Little Brother himself. Donnevin fulfills his aspirations and shares his caring personality by being involved in the community any way he can. Wolfe also loves spending time with his cat Ace. He has a very big heart for having such a small pet.

[Recruiting Minority Bigs]