Strong Leadership + Bold Vision =
BIG Results

Our Mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Our Vision is that all youth achieve their full potential.

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 over 2,000 children and their families in Metro Chicago 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”) from age seven through high school graduation. Private corporate, foundation and individual contributions provide approximately 90% of our revenue base upon which we build programming that meets the needs of each child individually. 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 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.

Our Team

Our staff of over 65 talented individuals have made it their mission to make a difference in a child's life every day.

Seleny Albor

Bilingual Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Monica Anchondo

Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Sena Aniwa

Manager of Site Based Match Support

Emma Barnes

Program Facilitator

Breyon Brown

MIM Facilitator

Kristine Brown

Brand Strategist

Matthew Calvert

Marketing and Communications Manager

Barbie Clark

Match Support Specialist

Mary Collins

Senior Donor Relations & Database Administrator

Irma Cornier

Bilingual Match Support Specialist

Tim Corp

Chief Financial Officer

Brittany Cranfield

Match Support Specialist

Jessica Cullishpuma

Bilingual Site Based Match Support Specialist

Gabriel Cunine

Manager of Site Based Programs

Lindsey Davenport

Site Based Match Support Specialist

Sarah Del Cid

Site Based Program Facilitator

Aklesiya Dejene

Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Giniqua Delaney

Program Support Specialist

Kaliah Eison

Customer Relations Specialists Supervisor

Michael Elfakih

Match Support Specialist

Vanessa Figueroa

Site Based Customer Service and Processing

Jeremy Foster

Chief Executive Officer

Everardo Franco

Chief Operating Officer

Marlene Garcia

Bilingual Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Lizzette Garza

Bilingual Program Facilitator

David Gee

Chief Development Officer

Claire Gerbasi

Manager of SB Customer Service and Processing

Jeniffer Gutierrez

Inquiry Specialist

Tamika Hadley

MIM Facilitator

Regina Hall

Customer Relations Specialist

Rachel Hampton

Project Manager

Tabetha Handy

Manager of CB Match Support

Alyson Hankwitz

Manager of Community Based Customer Service and Processing

Paris Jackson

Program Facilitator

LaRon Jones

SB Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Beth Juarez

Brand Ambassador, Youth & Family Recruitment

Elizabeth Lancaster

Senior Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Veronica Lindsey

Office Manager

Mary Marvin

Site Based Match Support Specialist

Rafael Melendez

Bilingual Match Support Specialist

Zachary Mundy

Match Support Specialist

Gianne Nascimento

Match Support Specialist

Maria Navarro

Bilingual Match Support Specialist

Liliana Ortiz

MIM Facilitator

Amy Potchen

Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Kate Rhodes

Manager of Individual Giving & Major Gifts

Jacqueline Shack

Enrollment and Matching and Match Support Specialist

Zoya Shevchenko

Program Facilitator

Lina Shoaibi

Accounting Manager

August Spree

Events Manager

Dawn Steffen

Family Engagement Coordinator

Dustin Stidmon

Customer Relations Specialist

Verna Sutton

Director of Human Resources

Kaleb Taylor

Brand Ambassador

Muna Walker

Director of Community Based Programs

Kelly Walter

Manager of Grants & Foundations

Kenny Yang

Program Facilitator

Board of Directors: Officers

Experienced. Involved. Passionate. The Board of Directors holds our CEO and organization accountable to the mission of providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. The Board is vital to helping secure and sustain corporate partnerships and programs, aid in our fundraising efforts and oversee the work of our CEO, Jeremy Foster.

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  • Brian Wrubel

    Board President

    Marquette Associates

  • Sanjay Patel


    Raymond James

  • Jason Kaye

    VP - Programs

    Health Care Service Corporation

  • Toby Coffey

    VP - Board Development

    Connect Search

  • Mark Kaufman

    VP - Fund Development


  • Rob Hallberg

    VP - Treasurer

    BMO Harris Bank

Board of Directors: Members

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  • Gary Abrahams


  • Debra Beinstein

    The Smiley Foundation

  • Xerxes K. Bhote

    Geneva Capital

  • Leslie Brewer

    Familia Dental

  • John Compernolle

    Bank of America

  • Raymond Dennis

    PS2G DBA DigiDoc

  • Carrie Falkenhayn


  • Rick Hammell

    Elements Global Services

  • Cara Harrison


  • John B. Hirsch

  • Dave Holloman


  • Margaret Jones

    Chicago Housing Authority

  • Ashish Karamchandani


  • Fiyaz Khan

    City National Bank

  • Dave Kimbell

    Ulta Beauty

  • Bob Kirby


  • John Koepke


  • Travis Krueger


  • Anthony Kyles


  • Rob Livingston


  • Manoj Mahenthiran


  • Jeff Michalczyk


  • Jim Rowe

    Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Luke Schlafly

    Pinebridge Investments

  • Christa Small


  • Jim Wylie


  • Lisa Young

    Lending Tree

Leadership Board: Officers

Our Leadership Board is devoted to the organization's vision of making a positive difference in a child's life. They provide funds to grow the agency, recruit and develop future mentors, partners and board members, and generate public awareness of the organization. The board is comprised of young professionals who share a common interest in serving our community and enjoying themselves along the way.

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  • Gianna Traylor

    Board President

  • Brian Adams

    VP - Membership

  • Macy Anderson

    VP - Social and Networking

  • Kenrick Fernandes

    VP - Board Dev

  • LeAaron Foley

    VP - JEDI

  • Deirdre Gillette

    VP - Social and Networking

  • Julia Osmond

    VP - Fund Development

  • Shinita Pettiford

    VP - Big Recruitment

  • Advait Reddy

    VP - JEDI

  • Jessica Haramis

    VP - Social/Networking

  • Jane Skaggs

    VP - Membership

  • Kyle Wiltsey

    VP - Board Development

  • Helen Wu

    VP - Fund Development

Leadership Board: Members

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  • Brian Adams

  • Macy Anderson

  • Patty Avila

  • Heidi Baker

  • Alex Basto

  • Jheri Bermudez

  • Sophia Bischof

  • Claire Byrne

  • David Chodak

  • Joseph Cofsky

  • Dave Dytko

  • Kenrick Fernandes

  • LeAaron A. Foley

  • Claire Frank

  • Deirdre E. Gillete

  • Luke M. Gilpin

  • Pete Greig

  • Jessica Haramis

  • Katy Henegan

  • Jeffrey Huelskamp

  • Jim Matthews

  • Natalie Matthews

  • Nick Miceli

  • Jacob Mueller

  • Lauren Nagle

  • Shatara Nowling

  • Nnaemeka Okoro

  • Julia Osmond

  • Shinita Pettiford

  • Jared Rapoport

  • Advait Reddy

  • Ethan Rowe

  • Dillon Rudy

  • Jessica Schapiro

  • Maria Schroeder

  • Lindsey Scott

  • Shruti Shah

  • Deepa Sheth

  • Melissa Siochi

  • Jane Skaggs

  • Neal Stevens-Jackson

  • Daniel Suffoletta

  • Heather Sullivan

  • Celex Thomas

  • Gianna Traylor

  • Nate Wandel

  • Kyle Wiltsey

  • Joseph Wong

  • Helen Wu


Putting Your Generosity to Work

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago has built a strong foundation for sustainable growth. Your generosity keeps us going and enables us to start more kids on the right path. We look forward to sharing how your contribution is being used to serve children, their families and our communities.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago is an independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with its own audited financial statements.


FY22 Financial Statement FY22 Form 990
FY21 Financial Statement FY21 Form 990
FY20 Financial Statement FY20 Form 990
FY19 Financial Statement FY19 Form 990
FY18 Financial Statement FY18 Form 990
FY17 Financial Statement FY17 Form 990
FY16 Financial Statement FY16 Form 990



Welcome Back!

We love hearing from our past Littles.  And Bigs.  And Board Members.  Anyone, really, who touched our organization and made it better.

Share your stories with us – They inspire others to join our organization

Connect with other alumni  – You never know what that will spark

Reconnect with BBBSChi – There’s always plenty of new opportunities around here

We’re committed to our alumni.  We’re looking to give voice and build momentum for our mission, raise capital support for our vital mentoring programs, and provide opportunities for networking.

When our alumni get back involved, we ensure that our nation’s children will have the opportunities they need to reach their potential.

Reconnect with us today!