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 2,100 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 94% 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 (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.

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.

Abigail Accettura

Site Based Program Coordinator

Grace Ball

Site Based Program Coordinator

Sydney Blanch

Site Based Program Coordinator

Kristine Brown

Director of Marketing and Communications

Maia Brown

Match Support Specialist

Monica Calderon

Bilingual Site Based Program Coordinator

Matthew Calvert

Marketing & Events Coordinator

Vaniece Catron

SB Recruitment Specialist- Northern Region

Greta Cervantes

Bilingual Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Elena Chace

CB Customer Relations Specialist

Gulia Chernyak

Marketing & Events Manager

Mary Collins

Donor Relations & Database Administrator

Tim Corp

Chief Financial Officer

Gabriel Cunine

Manager of Site Based Programs

Ellen Daniels

Manager of Site Based Programs

Alyssa DelAngel

SB Customer Relations Specialist

Sarah Denton

Site Based Program Coordinator

Francesco Ettorre

Lake County Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Caroline Farrell

Match Support Specialist

Vanessa Figueroa

Manager of SB Customer Service and Processing

Miriam Fonseca

Site Based Program Coordinator

Jeremy Foster

Chief Executive Officer

Everardo Franco

Chief Operating Officer

Rasnick Fullard

Match Support Specialist

Marlene Garcia

Bilingual Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Lizzette Garza

Bilingual Site Based Program Coordinator

Kevyn Giggers

Recruitment Specialist

Rachel Hampton

Project Manager

Tabetha Handy

Project 6 EM/MS Specialist

Michelle Hanfling

Managing Director of Site Based Programs

Alyson Hankwitz

Match Support Specialist

Derrick Hessler

Site Based Program Coordinator

Paris Jackson

Site Based Program Coordinator

Robin Jenkins

Match Support Specialist

Bran'Arla Johnson

SB Recruitment Specialist

Beth Juarez

Site Based Program Coordinator

Linda Lamb

LC- Recruitment Specialist

Elizabeth Lancaster

Senior Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Nicole Leitner

Manager of Quality Assurance Specialist

Paul Lewis

Senior Manager of Site Based Programs

Veronica Lindsey


Emma Macdonald

Manager of CB Match Support Specialist

Kylie Marshall-Egli

SB Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Shameco Moore

Senior Recruitment Specialist

Michelle Murillo

Bilingual Site Based Program Coordinator

Simone Newsome

SB Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Casey Nunes

CB North Recruitment Specialist

Dee Phillips

Site Based Program Coordinator

Marisa Pyatt

Senior Match Support Specialist

Natasha Rabinovich

Match Support Specialist

Miesha Ransom

SB Recruitment Specialist

Kate Rhodes

Manager of Individual Giving & Major Gifts

Angelica Ruiz

LC-Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Elizabeth Salgado

Bilingual Site Based Program Coordinator

Daniela Sanchez

Match Introduction Meeting Facilator

Jacqueline Shack

Project 6 EM/MS Specialist

Lina Shoaibi

Accounting Manager

Anna Stolz

Family Engagement Coordinator

Verna Sutton

Director of Human Resources

Melissa Tesch

Site Based Program Coordinator

Celia Trujillo

Bilingual Match Support Specialist

Michelle Velez

CB Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Pedro Velez

CB Bilingual Customer Relations Specialist

Muna Walker

Director of Community Based Programs

Kelly Walter

Manager of Grants & Foundations

Natasha Webb

Site Based Program Coordinator

LaTasha Webster

Site Based Program Coordinator

Brad Whitlock

Manager of Corporate Partnerships

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

  • Debra Beinstein

    VP - Programs

    The Smiley Foundation

  • Toby Coffey

    VP - Board Development

    Connect Search

  • Mark Kaufman

    VP - Fund Development


  • Tom Monson

    VP - Secretary

    Jenner & Block

  • Rob Hallberg

    VP - Treasurer

    BMO Harris Bank

Board of Directors: Members

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  • Gary Abrahams


  • Ken Banas


  • Xerxes K. Bhote

    Geneva Capital

  • Brad Block

    Law Offices of Bradford Block

  • Leslie Brewer

    Familia Dental

  • John Compernolle

    Bank of America

  • Raymond Dennis

    RR Donnelley

  • Carrie Falkenhayn


  • Cara Harrison


  • John B. Hirsch

  • Ashish Karamchandani


  • Jason Kaye

    Health Care Service Corporation

  • Dave Kimbell

    Ulta Beauty

  • Bob Kirby


  • John Koepke


  • Travis Krueger


  • Anthony Kyles


  • Sandra Linn

    Northern Trust

  • Rob Livingston


  • Manoj Mahenthiran


  • Bryan Mark


  • Jeff Michalczyk


  • Andrea Palmer

    Publicis Health Media

  • Sanjay Patel

    Raymond James

  • Jim Rowe

    Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Sara Spicklemire


  • John Tocora

    Antares Capital

  • Andy Watt

    Boston Scientific

  • Jim Wylie


  • Lisa Young


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

  • Peter G. Buckstaff

    VP - Board Development

  • Matt Elakatt

    VP - Social/Networking

  • Kristen R. Erekson

    VP - Data Analytics

  • Jessica Haramis

    VP - Social/Networking

  • Jim Matthews

    VP - Big Recruitment

  • Natalie Matthews

    VP - Marketing

  • Brett Neumann

    VP - Membership

  • Jared Rapoport

    VP - Fund Development

  • Logan Sauter

    VP - Membership

  • Lindsey Scott

    VP - Big Recruitment

  • Daniel Suffoletta

    VP - Board Development

  • Helen Wu

    VP - Fund Development

Leadership Board: Members

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  • Bob Achstatter

  • Brian Adams

  • Alexander Adegunwa

  • Alex Basto

  • Lindsay Basto

  • Madeline Brutscher

  • Peter G. Buckstaff

  • Claire Byrne

  • Gwen Daniels

  • Paige Dorfman

  • Dave Dytko

  • Kelly Wagner Dytko

  • Matt Elakatt

  • Kristen Erekson

  • LeAaron A. Foley

  • Christopher Forfar

  • Taylor Fraleigh

  • Nicole E. Gatens

  • Deirdre E. Gillete

  • Luke M. Gilpin

  • Dejon Gonzalez

  • Rachel Gradner

  • Pete Greig

  • Jessica Haramis

  • Patrick Hickey

  • Paul Hittman

  • Jeffrey Huelskamp

  • Melissa Johannesen

  • Brian A. Kohout

  • Zachary A. Krantz

  • Laura Lodin

  • Jamie Marconi

  • Jim Matthews

  • Natalie Matthews

  • Mike Morales

  • Jacob Mueller

  • Brett Neumann

  • Michael Notton

  • Kate Ondra

  • Theo L. Paskal

  • Daniel V. Persa

  • Shinita Pettiford

  • Jared Rapoport

  • Anna Robinson

  • Billy Rohaly

  • Logan Sauter

  • Jessica Schapiro

  • Lindsey Scott

  • Deepa Sheth

  • Elizabeth R. Sheyn

  • Melissa Siochi

  • Sara Smets

  • Kate Sorensen

  • Daniel Suffoletta

  • Kelly P. Sweeney

  • Celex Thomas

  • Gianna Traylor

  • Brett Wallace

  • Joseph Wong

  • Helen Wu



Putting Your Generosity to Work

BBBSMC 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.


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 BBBSMC – 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!