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 2,300 children in Metro Chicago 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”) 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.

Daisy Aguirre

Bilingual Match Support Specialist

Grace Ball

(she/her/hers)
Site Based Program Facilitator

Breyon Brown

MIM Facilitator

Kristine Brown

(she/her/hers)
Brand Strategist

Matthew Calvert

(he/him/his)
Marketing and Communications Manager

Greta Cervantes

Bilingual Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Gabrielle Christopherson

(she/her/hers)
Site Based Match Support Specialist

Mary Collins

(she/her/hers)
Senior Donor Relations & Database Administrator

Tim Corp

Chief Financial Officer

Brittany Cranfield

Match Support Specialist

Gabriel Cunine

(she/her/hers)
Manager of Site Based Programs

Samuel Dancer

Brand Manager

Sarah Denton

(she/her/hers)
Manager of Site Based Match Support

Sierra Ditmar

(she/her)
Manager of Community Based Match Support

Sierra Downey

Site Based Program Facilitator

Michael Elfakih

Match Support Specialist

Cassandra Favela

MIM Facilitator

Vanessa Figueroa

(she/her/hers)
Manager of Site Based Customer Service and Processing

Jeremy Foster

(he/him/his)
Chief Executive Officer

Everardo Franco

(he/him/his)
Chief Operating Officer

Marlene Garcia

(she/her/hers)
Bilingual Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Lizzette Garza

(she/her/hers)
Bilingual Site Based Program Facilitator

David Gee

(he/him/his)
Chief Development Officer

Katriona Graefenhain

Match Support Specialist

Rachel Hampton

(she/her/hers)
Program Manager

Tabetha Handy

(she/her/hers)
EM/Match Support Specialist

Alyson Hankwitz

(she/her/hers)
Manager of Community Based Customer Service and Processing

Bailey Hatch

(she/her/hers)
Site Based Match Support Specialist

Paris Jackson

Site Based Program Facilitator

Bran'Arla Johnson

Brand Ambassador

Beth Juarez

(she/her/hers)
Brand Ambassador

Linda Lamb

Brand Ambassador

Elizabeth Lancaster

(she/her/hers)
Senior Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Nicole Leitner

(she/her/hers)
Manager of Quality Assurance

Veronica Lindsey

(she/her/hers)
Receptionist

Kylie Marshall-Egli

(she/her/hers)
Quality Assurance Specialist

Mary Marvin

(she/her/hers)
Site Based Match Support Specialist

Zachary Mundy

Match Support Specialist

Gianne Nascimento

Match Support Specialist

Emma Nouri

Match Support Specialist

Jasmine Perez

Customer Relation Specialist

Trameka Pope

Brand Ambassador

Amy Potchen

(she/her)
Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Marisa Pyatt

(she/her/hers)
Match Support Specialist

Shamira Quinones

(she/her/hers)
Match Support Specialist

Miesha Ransom

Brand Ambassador

Kate Rhodes

(she/her/hers)
Manager of Individual Giving & Major Gifts

Jacqueline Shack

(she/her/hers)
Enrollment and Matching and Match Support Specialist

Lina Shoaibi

Accounting Manager

August Spree

(she/her/they/theirs)
Events Manager

Dawn Steffen

(she/her/hers)
Site Based Program Facilitator

Anna Stolz

(she/her/hers)
Senior Family Engagement Coordinator

Verna Sutton

Director of Human Resources

Emily Vazquez

(she/her/hers)
Bilingual Customer Relations Specialist

Michelle Velez

CB Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Muna Walker

(she/her/hers)
Director of Community Based Programs

Kelly Walter

(she/they)
Manager of Grants & Foundations

Kenny Yang

Site Based 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

  • Jason Kaye

    VP - Programs

    Health Care Service Corporation

  • Toby Coffey

    VP - Board Development

    Connect Search

  • Mark Kaufman

    VP - Fund Development

    Athletico

  • Rob Hallberg

    VP - Treasurer

    BMO Harris Bank

Board of Directors: Members

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  • Gary Abrahams

    USG

  • Debra Beinstein

    The Smiley Foundation

  • Xerxes K. Bhote

    Geneva Capital

  • Brad Block

    Law Offices of Bradford Block

  • Leslie Brewer

    Familia Dental

  • John Compernolle

    Bank of America

  • Raymond Dennis

    PS2G DBA DigiDoc

  • Carrie Falkenhayn

    Deloitte

  • Rick Hammell

    Elements Global Services

  • Cara Harrison

    KPMG

  • John B. Hirsch

  • Dave Holloman

    EY

  • Margaret Jones

    Chicago Housing Authority

  • Ashish Karamchandani

    Heitman

  • Fiyaz Khan

    Northern Trust

  • Dave Kimbell

    Ulta Beauty

  • Bob Kirby

    CDW

  • John Koepke

    Accenture

  • Travis Krueger

    GTCR

  • Anthony Kyles

    PepsiCo

  • Rob Livingston

    Lockton

  • Manoj Mahenthiran

    PwC

  • Jeff Michalczyk

    CIBC

  • Sanjay Patel

    Raymond James

  • Jim Rowe

    Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Luke Schlafly

    Pinebridge Investments

  • Christa Small

    McDonald's

  • Jim Wylie

    Marsh

  • 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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  • Alex Basto

    Board President

  • Macy Anderson

    VP - Social and Networking

  • Kenrick Fernandes

    VP - Data

  • Deirdre Gillette

    VP - Board Development

  • Dejon Gonzalez

    VP - Membership

  • Jessica Haramis

    VP - Social/Networking

  • Jim Matthews

    VP - Big Recruitment

  • Natalie Matthews

    VP - Marketing

  • Shinita Pettiford

    VP - Big Recruitment

  • Jared Rapoport

    VP - Fund Development

  • Daniel Suffoletta

    VP - Board Development

  • Gianna Traylor

    VP - Membership

  • Helen Wu

    VP - Fund Development

Leadership Board: Members

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  • Bob Achstatter

  • Brian Adams

  • Alexander Adegunwa

  • Macy Anderson

  • Patty Avila

  • Alex Basto

  • Lindsay Basto

  • Sophia Bischof

  • Madeline Brutscher

  • Claire Byrne

  • Paige Dorfman

  • Dave Dytko

  • Kelly Wagner Dytko

  • Kenrick Fernandes

  • LeAaron A. Foley

  • Claire Frank

  • Nicole E. Gatens

  • Deirdre E. Gillete

  • Luke M. Gilpin

  • Dejon Gonzalez

  • Pete Greig

  • Jessica Haramis

  • Katy Henegan

  • Jeffrey Huelskamp

  • Peterson Ianakiev

  • Jim Matthews

  • Natalie Matthews

  • Mike Morales

  • Jacob Mueller

  • Lauren Nagle

  • Nnaemeka Okoro

  • Kate Ondra

  • Julia Osmond

  • Shinita Pettiford

  • Jared Rapoport

  • Advait Reddy

  • Anna Robinson

  • Billy Rohaly

  • Jessica Schapiro

  • Maria Schroeder

  • Lindsey Scott

  • Alex Sharos

  • Deepa Sheth

  • Elizabeth R. Sheyn

  • Melissa Siochi

  • Jane Skaggs

  • Sara Smets

  • Kate Sorensen

  • Daniel Suffoletta

  • Heather Sullivan

  • Kelly P. Sweeney

  • Celex Thomas

  • Gianna Traylor

  • Joseph Wong

  • Helen Wu

Financials

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.

 

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
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Alumni

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!