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 almost 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

Sena Aniwa-Yeboah

Manager of Site Based Match Support

Marly Arbaiza

Youth Development & Intervention Service Coordinator

Emma Barnes

Program Facilitator

Breyon Brown

MIM Facilitator

Kristine Brown

Brand Strategist

Brenda Boyd

Southland Regional Director

Matthew Calvert

Marketing and Communications Manager

Mary Collins

Senior Donor Relations & Database Administrator

Tim Corp

Chief Financial Officer

Brittany Cranfield

Match Support Specialist

Jessica Cullishpuma

Manager of Site Based Match Support Specialists

Gabriel Cunine

Interim Director of Site Based Programs

Giniqua Delaney

Manager of Volunteer and Family Engagement

Kaliah Eison

Supervisor, Customer Relations Specialists

Reyna Estrada

Site Based Manager of Partnerships & Program Facilitation

Vanessa Figueroa

Efficiency Automation Specialist and Systems Admin

Jeremy Foster

President and Chief Executive Officer

Everardo Franco

Chief Operating Officer

Marlene Garcia

Bilingual Enrollment & Matching Specialist

Lizzette Garza

Bilingual Program Facilitator

David Gee

Chief Development Officer

Jeniffer Gutierrez

Brand Ambassador of Community Engagement

Rachel Hampton

Manager of Community Based Match Support

Tabetha Handy

Manager of Community Based Match Support

Elizabeth Hardy

Site Based Match Support Specialist

Annie Heitman

Vice President of Programs

Aidan Herguth

Site Based Customer Relations Specialist

Matt Herguth

Site Based Customer Relations Specialist

Kaitlin Hofer

Match Support Specialist

Angelica Ledezma

Site Based Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Paul Lewis

Program Support Specialist

Veronica Lindsey

Office Manager

Sheila Martinez

Site Based Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Mary Marvin

Site Based Match Support Specialist

Rafael Melendez

Bilingual Match Support Specialist

Ayna Molina

Site Based Bilingual Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Zachary Mundy

Match Support Specialist

Gianne Nascimento

Match Support Specialist

Maria Navarro

Bilingual Match Support Specialist

Caitlyn O'Neal

Match Support Specialist

Alyssa Orona

Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Liliana Ortiz

MIM Facilitator

Darryl Perkins, Jr.

Director of Community Based Programs

Brandon Persico

Site Based Program Facilitator

Justice Plummer

Public Ally & Assistant Family Engagement Coordinator

Amy Potchen

Part-Time Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Kate Rhodes

Manager of Individual Giving & Major Gifts

Jacqueline Shack

Enrollment and Matching and Match Support Specialist

Athena Scharko

Site Based Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Kendra Shallenberg

Program Facilitator

Zoya Shevchenko

Program Facilitator

Lina Shoaibi

Accounting Manager

August Spree

Events Manager

Dawn Steffen

Director, Lake County

Dustin Stidmon

Customer Relations Specialist

Verna Sutton

Director of Human Resources

Kaleb Taylor

Brand Ambassador of Volunteer Recruitment

Christopher Travis

Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Maribel Antunez-Uriostegui

Bilingual Match Support Specialist

Kelly Walter

Manager of Grants & Foundations

Hannah Webster

Site Based Program Facilitator

Kenny Yang

Program Facilitator

Board of Directors

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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  • Gary Abrahams


  • Debra Beinstein

    The Smiley Foundation

  • Xerxes K. Bhote

    Geneva Capital

  • Leslie Brewer

    Guardian Dentistry Partners

  • Toby Coffey

    VP - Board Development

    Connect Search LLC

  • John Compernolle

    Bank of America

  • Katrina Corbosiero

    Kellogg Board Fellow

  • Raymond Dennis


  • Dave Dytko


  • Sang Eun

    Belvedere Trading

  • Carrie Falkenhayn


  • Phil Geiger

    Stream Realty Partners

  • Robert Hallberg

    Board Chair

    BMO Harris Bank

  • Rick Hammell


  • Cara Harrison


  • John B. Hirsch

  • Dave Holloman


  • Margaret Jones

    Chicago Housing Authority

  • Ashish Karamchandani


  • Mark Kaufman


  • Jason Kaye

    VP - Programs

    Blue Cross Blue Shield

  • Fiyaz Khan

    VP - Finance

    City National Bank

  • Dave Kimbell

    Ulta Beauty

  • Bob Kirby


  • Travis Krueger


  • Manoj Mahenthiran


  • Jeff Michalczyk

    VP - Fund Development


  • Sanjay Patel


    Raymond James

  • Julie Raheja-Perera


  • Jim Rowe

    Of Counsel at Kirkland & Ellis LLP

  • Luke Schlafly

    Pinebridge Investments

  • Joachim "Joe" Simbila


  • Brian Wrubel

    Marquette Associates

  • Jim Wylie


  • Lisa Young

    Long-Term Stock Exchange

Leadership Board

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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  • Brian Adams

    VP - Membership

  • Macy Anderson

    VP - Social and Networking

  • Patty Avila

  • Malgorzata Bafia

  • Heidi Baker

  • Alex Basto

  • Sophia Bischof

  • David Chodak

  • Joseph Cofsky

  • Zac Daly

  • Kenrick Fernandes

    VP - Board Dev

  • LeAaron A. Foley

    VP - JEDI

  • Deirdre E. Gillete

    VP - Social and Networking

  • Luke M. Gilpin

  • Pete Greig

  • Jessica Haramis

    VP - Social/Networking

  • Katy Henegan

  • Sarah Homan

  • Chris Johnson

  • Katie Kenny

  • Paige Korte

  • Jim Matthews

  • Natalie Matthews

  • Alexis Merz

  • Nick Miceli

  • Jacob Mueller

  • Lauren Nagle

  • Shatara Nowling

  • Nnaemeka Okoro

  • Julia Osmond

    VP - Fund Development

  • Collin Pellittieri

  • Shinita Pettiford

    VP - Big Recruitment

  • Jared Rapoport

  • Advait Reddy

    VP - JEDI

  • Steven Romanelli

  • Ethan Rowe

  • Dillon Rudy

  • Jessica Schapiro

  • Maria Schroeder

  • Lindsey Scott

  • Shruti Shah

  • Melissa Siochi

  • Jane Skaggs

    VP - Membership

  • Neal Stevens-Jackson

  • Daniel Suffoletta

  • Heather Sullivan

  • Ben Thomas

  • Gianna Traylor

    Board President

  • Nate Wandel

  • Kyle Wiltsey

    VP - Board Development

  • Joseph Wong

  • Helen Wu

    VP - Fund Development


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.

View our latest Annual Report here.

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


FY23 Financial Statement FY23 Form 990
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!