About | Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City

WHO WE ARE

STANDING TOGETHER TO DEFEND POTENTIAL

Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City works to clear the path to a child’s biggest possible future by matching them with a caring, adult mentor in a one-to-one friendship. “Bigs” help “Littles” ignite, empower and defend their potential by standing with them. Last year, 100% of the Senior Littles graduated high school, 83% reported improved self esteem and 71% reported improved grades since being matched.

Our Leadership

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Our talented and dedicated Board of Directors leads the BBBSKC agency in making important decisions and guiding the organization to success.

Current Members: Adam Miller, Andy Wiltz, Anthony Carey, Chris Kolquist, Christine Ricci, Christopher Ferraro, Cynthia Simpson, Dana Jermain, Derek Dummermuth, Doug Jones, Elise Kirchhofer, Erica Cohen, Jeff Dreiling, Jeff Keyes, Jeff King, Liz Lewis, Marshall Lockton, Melissa Beltrame, Rob Adams, Ruth Brackney, Ryan Manies, Scott P. Strawn, Tandra Stacer, Tanner Cain, and Tim Desett.

BIG IMPACT GROUP

The Big Impact Group is a group of dedicated young professionals who volunteer their time, talents and energy to support fundraising and recruitment initiatives.

Current Members: Alex Atkinson, Alex Hunter, Allison Clements, Allison Rank, Amanda Johnson, Andrew Vogliardo, April Soberon, Calvin McDonnell, Chad Gerdes, Chioma Atanmo, Courtney Henricksen, Courtney Hullinger, Daniel Kusmin, Derek Stuchlik, Hannah Vick, Jordan Canupp, Katasha Kumar, Kate Jamis, Lauren Spohn, Leslie Lamoreaux, Mandy Perkins, Mary Cate Reinert, Mary Maxine Luber, Megan McClure, Meggie Snipes, Melissa Windon, Michael Giangregorio, Mike Lierz, Olivia Corazzin, Patrick LeSage, Peter Gottsacker, Robert Givens, Shane Gordon, Shelbi Neel, Stefan Hoffman, Sydney Sutherland, Tekeyah Lawson, Tim Jardine, Tommy Kennedy, Zach Harsch, and Zane Thompson.

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DONATION CENTER BOARD

This board focuses on BBBSKC's partnership with Savers Thrift Stores and the clothing donation business. They make decisions that lead a productive and profitable model that provides funding to the BBBSKC program.

Current Members: Brandon McManamy, Brett Wacha, Craig Mattke, Ed Broxterman, Jason Buck, Jeff Shipley, Jim Gates, Matt Habiger, Michael Briscoe, Mitzi Marchant, Robert Beltrame, Sandy Aschenbrenner, Scott Keen.

DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION ADVISORY BOARD

The BBBS DEI Advisory Board is a group of community leaders who work to increase exposure of the program in diverse communities, recruit Bigs, and champion diversity, equity and inclusion for the agency.

Co-chairs: India Williams and Gene Willis

Members: Adam Miller, Alfredo Garcia, Alicia Walker, Chantell Garrett, Daniel Silva, Kisha Bausby, Nicole Jacobs-Silvey, Sahin Hoque, Theresa Garza, Tiffany Scantlebury, Tiffany Willis, Eric Wilkinson, Quinton Wilks, Brian Kantanka, Brittany Connor, Jaron Perry, Chris Williams, Jayson Cuba, Kim Wallace Carlson, and Tyjaun A. Lee.

Staff Liaisons: Derrick Jennings II and Kimberly Rudler

Diversity & Inclusion Statement from CEO

THE AMBASSADORS BOARD

Through their ongoing contribution of skills, time, connections and financial resources, members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kansas City Ambassadors serve as volunteer leaders who foster the agency’s growth and good work following their formal responsibilities as part of the Board of Directors.

Current Members: Antonio Castanon, Brad Markes, Brandon McManamy, Jennifer Matney, Jennifer Schuler, Jerry Cooke, Jim Lipari, Kevin Kalish, Lee Brumitt, Marc Woodward, Matt Linski, Melanie Coleman, Paul Kushnir, Rachel Smith, Rik Siro, Rob Sprague, Ryan Shreve, Sheri & Bob Reymond, Terry Satterlee, Thomas W. Van Dyke, Tom Holcom, Andre Davis.

About Our CEO

Micheal Lawrence, CEO of BBBSKC, has dedicated his life to creating life-changing friendships for children. He started with the agency 25 years ago as a Case Manager and has held nearly every position on staff. For the past ten years, as CEO, he has transformed the agency into one of the top in the country. Under Micheal's leadership, BBBSKC has: 

  • Been named Agency of the Year (out of 350 affiliates) four out of the last six years 
  • Grown Active Matches by 79% 
  • Moved to a new headquarters in the Crossroads 
  • Increased revenue by 245% 
  • Received awards for Best Places to Work, Top KC Non-Profit and much more
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Micheal Lawrence, CEO of BBBSKC

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One of the most rewarding ways to get involved is to work with us. A career with BBBS is an opportunity to merge your talents and personal values with your desire to make a difference. Every day, we are changing the perspectives of children and enabling them to see the world around them in a more positive light. With that newfound point of view, they can see their potential more clearly and dream bigger about their future. Our success is a result of committed and inspired employees, working together to make a lasting impact on America's youth, schools, and communities. We need talented and passionate people who are committed to a diverse workforce with representation from every walk of life. Our organization is enhanced when we unite people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Big Brothers Big Sisters Kansas City offers a flexible work environment that is upbeat and fun. BBBSKC was named by NP Times as one of the best nonprofits to work.

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