Strong Leadership + Bold Vision = BIG Results

Our Mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Our Vision is that all children achieve success in life.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago  is an affiliate of the oldest, most respected mentoring organization in the US. We are a mission driven, performance based organization that is professionally managed and provides high quality 1:1 mentoring services to 1,700 of Metro Chicago’s most at-risk children and their families across four counties: Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties in Illinois and Indiana.

As Metro Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) between the ages of 7 and 14.  Private corporate, foundation and individual contributions provide 94% of our revenue base upon which we build programming that meets the needs of each child individually, whether he/she comes from a disadvantaged or single-parent home, lives in foster care, has been abused or neglected, is involved in the juvenile justice system or simply needs a consistent friendship. Our programs are proven to keep kids in school, out of trouble and on the path to post-graduate success.

Our Impact

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago (BBBSMC) helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children, strengthen communities and believe that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life.
Jeremy Foster
Chief Executive Officer

From 2010 to early 2017, Jeremy was our Senior Vice President – Development at BBBSMC, managing a $3 million portfolio of corporate, foundation, and individual investors. Prior to 2010, Jeremy served as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lake County. This year marks Jeremy’s 24th year as a nonprofit professional.Jeremy is originally from Sioux City, Iowa where he graduated from Briar Cliff University, holding a Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology and Business Administration and is a certified Family Development Specialist through the University of Iowa.

Michelle Hanfling
Senior Director of Site Based Programs

Michelle is responsible for the management and oversight of the School, Workplace, Club, Flex and Evening Site Based Programs. She supervises four Managers of Site Based Mentoring and has 18 Site Based Program staff. Michelle has been with the Agency fourteen years and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Site Based Program area.Michelle received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

Muna A. Walker
Director of Customer Service and Processing

Prior to joining BBBSMC in December of 2014, Muna spent ten years assisting with the nationwide replication of the Amachi Mentoring Model, a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents. She served as Program Director at Public/Private Ventures and later as Vice President of Amachi, Inc. Throughout her tenure she worked with more than a hundred BBBS and mentoring organizations across the country.Before joining the nonprofit sector, Muna held various roles in financial services. She holds a Bachelor of Communications from Santa Clara University, a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ashley Smith
Senior Manager of Community Based Match Support

Ashley is responsible for the supervision and oversight of Match Support staff to ensure the quality and safety of the community based matches and consistency of programming. She has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago since August of 2012 and has over ten years experience working in youth development and the nonprofit field in both Los Angeles and Chicago. Ashley is also responsible for providing case management services to those in one to one mentoring relationships while ensuring child safety, positive impacts for youth, constructive and satisfying relationships between children and volunteers, and a strong sense of affiliation with BBBS on the part of parents and volunteers.Ashley received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Tim Corp
Director of Finance

Tim is responsible for all areas of Finance including Accounts Receivable, Accounts payable, Cash Flow Management, Employee Payroll and monthly reporting to the BBBSMC Board of Directors Finance Committee. Prior to joining BBBS in 2013, Tim enjoyed a 20-year career with ADS Logistics Co, LLC where he served as their Chief Financial Officer.Tim holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Iowa State University. He grew up in Frankfort, IL and attended Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.

Everardo Franco
Director of Administration and Operations

Everado’s career has evolved across all areas of administration and operations including benefits, employee relations, staffing, compensation, physical & technical infrastructure, legal compliance, strategic initiatives and day-to- day agency operations. He has been with BBBSMC for fourteen years.Prior to his career with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Everado worked with a variety of organizations including the National Center for Latinos with Disabilities (NCLD), where he held titles as Office Manager, Associate Director and Executive Director during his ten year career with the NCLD. He has also worked at the International Latino Cultural Center (formerly the CLC), and the National Puerto Rican Forum. Everado is a graduate of East-West University and resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Kristine Brown
Marketing and Communications Manager

Kristine is responsible for planning, development and implementation of the agency’s integrated marketing strategies, both internal and external. Prior to joining BBBSMC, she served in account management and copywriter positions at marketing and advertising agencies, Upshot and Integrated Marketing Solutions. Kristine has worked on various consumer promotion, social media and brand engagement programs.Kristine received a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Medill, Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College. She graduated from Barrington High School and currently resides in Chicago.

Jeremy Foster
Chief Executive Officer
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Jeremy Foster
Chief Executive Officer

From 2010 to early 2017, Jeremy was our Senior Vice President – Development at BBBSMC, managing a $3 million portfolio of corporate, foundation, and individual investors. Prior to 2010, Jeremy served as the CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lake County. This year marks Jeremy’s 24th year as a nonprofit professional.Jeremy is originally from Sioux City, Iowa where he graduated from Briar Cliff University, holding a Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology and Business Administration and is a certified Family Development Specialist through the University of Iowa.

Michelle Hanfling
Senior Director of Site Based Programs
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Michelle Hanfling
Senior Director of Site Based Programs

Michelle is responsible for the management and oversight of the School, Workplace, Club, Flex and Evening Site Based Programs. She supervises four Managers of Site Based Mentoring and has 18 Site Based Program staff. Michelle has been with the Agency fourteen years and has held positions of increasing responsibility in the Site Based Program area.Michelle received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago and holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and daughter.

Muna A. Walker
Director of Customer Service and Processing
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Muna A. Walker
Director of Customer Service and Processing

Prior to joining BBBSMC in December of 2014, Muna spent ten years assisting with the nationwide replication of the Amachi Mentoring Model, a mentoring program for children of incarcerated parents. She served as Program Director at Public/Private Ventures and later as Vice President of Amachi, Inc. Throughout her tenure she worked with more than a hundred BBBS and mentoring organizations across the country.Before joining the nonprofit sector, Muna held various roles in financial services. She holds a Bachelor of Communications from Santa Clara University, a Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University, and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ashley Smith
Senior Manager of Community Based Match Support
my bio
Ashley Smith
Senior Manager of Community Based Match Support

Ashley is responsible for the supervision and oversight of Match Support staff to ensure the quality and safety of the community based matches and consistency of programming. She has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago since August of 2012 and has over ten years experience working in youth development and the nonprofit field in both Los Angeles and Chicago. Ashley is also responsible for providing case management services to those in one to one mentoring relationships while ensuring child safety, positive impacts for youth, constructive and satisfying relationships between children and volunteers, and a strong sense of affiliation with BBBS on the part of parents and volunteers.Ashley received her Masters of Social Work from the University of Chicago and her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Tim Corp
Director of Finance
my bio
Tim Corp
Director of Finance

Tim is responsible for all areas of Finance including Accounts Receivable, Accounts payable, Cash Flow Management, Employee Payroll and monthly reporting to the BBBSMC Board of Directors Finance Committee. Prior to joining BBBS in 2013, Tim enjoyed a 20-year career with ADS Logistics Co, LLC where he served as their Chief Financial Officer.Tim holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from Iowa State University. He grew up in Frankfort, IL and attended Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox.

Everardo Franco
Director of Administration and Operations
my bio
Everardo Franco
Director of Administration and Operations

Everado’s career has evolved across all areas of administration and operations including benefits, employee relations, staffing, compensation, physical & technical infrastructure, legal compliance, strategic initiatives and day-to- day agency operations. He has been with BBBSMC for fourteen years.Prior to his career with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Everado worked with a variety of organizations including the National Center for Latinos with Disabilities (NCLD), where he held titles as Office Manager, Associate Director and Executive Director during his ten year career with the NCLD. He has also worked at the International Latino Cultural Center (formerly the CLC), and the National Puerto Rican Forum. Everado is a graduate of East-West University and resides in Chicago, Illinois.

Kristine Brown
Marketing and Communications Manager
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Kristine Brown
Marketing and Communications Manager

Kristine is responsible for planning, development and implementation of the agency’s integrated marketing strategies, both internal and external. Prior to joining BBBSMC, she served in account management and copywriter positions at marketing and advertising agencies, Upshot and Integrated Marketing Solutions. Kristine has worked on various consumer promotion, social media and brand engagement programs.Kristine received a master’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications from Medill, Northwestern University, and a bachelor’s degree in Communications from Boston College. She graduated from Barrington High School and currently resides in Chicago.


Board of Directors

  • Brian Wrubel - Board Chair

    Marquette Associates

  • Debra Beinstein: VP-Program

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  • Kathy Herbert: VP-Operations

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  • Jeff Michalczyk: VP-Board Operations

    The PrivateBank

  • Mark Kaufman: VP-Fund Development

    Athletico

  • Tom Monson: VP-Secretary

    Jenner & Block