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The leadership to move us forward

“We met our challenges head-on, and today we are a stronger and better organization.”

A message from our Board Chair

As our Bigs mentor and form lasting and meaningful relationships with their Littles, they are often inspired by the tremendous traits of resiliency and determination they see in their mentees.

I, too, have seen this in the young people we serve. And, in the past year and a half, I have seen it in Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the leadership organization to our more than 300 affiliates across the country. We met our challenges head-on, and today we are a stronger and better organization. As the national board chair, it has been a privilege to work alongside you to chart a positive path for our future.

Our mission is just as relevant today as it was at our founding more than 100 years ago. Indeed, given the grave challenges facing communities, families, and youth across the country, our work is perhaps even more critical now. Thank you to all of our generous donors and supporters: corporate, foundation, and individual. Your gifts to the national office help us and our over 300 affiliates grow and change the lives of more and more children.

I am also grateful for the backing and generosity of our national board members, all of whom are deeply committed to our cause and reinforce my optimism for the future.

Our job as board members is made easier thanks to the talented group of professionals at the national headquarters, including our leader, President & CEO Pam Iorio. The national office team cultivates a culture of continuous improvement and tirelessly dedicates itself to maximizing positive outcomes through its affiliates. BBBSA is also committed to its responsibility to be a good steward of the funds and resources entrusted to the organization. It is dedicated to transparency, best practices, good governance, and accountability.

Organizationally, we achieved key objectives in 2015. We successfully relocated our national office to Tampa, Florida, at no cost to the organization, thanks to the generosity of the Tampa Bay community and donors. We also secured a long-term commitment from our President & CEO. Having such an accomplished leader allows us to focus on our core mission, knowing that the health, stability, and vitality of the organization are under great care.

Finally, I want to thank our affiliate leaders, their staff, and local board members. Every day, you bring the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters to life, changing lives for the better, forever. Moving Forward, Together, I want to express my attitude of gratitude for all you do. Our partnership is stronger than ever.

Liz Smith

Liz Smith, National Board Chair
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Bloomin’ Brands

Pam Iorio
“We may be the oldest mentoring organization in the United States, but our best days lie ahead.”

A message from our President & CEO

Pam Iorio

More than ever, our country’s youth need mentors, role models, and caring, supportive adults who can help guide their development to positive and productive futures. For 111 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has played a role in the lives of young people in communities big and small, from all walks of life, in circumstances ranging from a parent serving in the military to growing up in a neighborhood surrounded by drug activity and violence. 

Throughout my life, I have seen firsthand the positive impact mentoring programs have on our youth, which is why serving as President & CEO of BBBSA is such a privilege. I accepted the role on March 31, 2014, at a time when the organization faced challenges stemming from our administration of Department of Justice (DOJ) grants from 2009 to 2011.

Working with our board and our many partners across the country, including the government, we tackled the issues head-on: appointing an experienced executive team; bringing all of our financial audits up to date; restructuring our national office to be more streamlined, efficient, and focused on our priorities; and dramatically reducing our operating expenses, including moving into a new, rent-free national office in Tampa, Florida. Most importantly, we created a culture of accountability and best practices, which includes stringent new policies, procedures, and controls, and strict adherence to government accounting and grant administration standards.

Our commitment to the highest standards and the improvements we made to date strengthened our organization and led to an agreement that resolved our outstanding issues with DOJ. Today, we administer more than $10 million in DOJ grants and have opened a new chapter in our partnership aimed at improving the lives of at-risk youth across the country.

As we work to ensure the best possible outcomes for the 170,000 Little Brothers and Sisters already a part of the BBBSA family, we are setting our sights on finding the right mentors for the tens of thousands of youth who are on waiting lists across the country.

The 2015 Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Annual Report is an opportunity to say thank you while updating you on our progress and plans for the future. Our country and our young people are counting on us and, with your support, we are Moving Forward, Together.

Pam Iorio

Pam Iorio, President & Chief Executive Officer
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Furthering our mission every day

Board of Directors

Governing and directing the national office

Liz Smith, National Board Chair
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
Bloomin’ Brands

Rudy J. Baldoni, Vice Chair
Chairman & CEO
Newport Investment Associates

Leonard A. Bernstein, Secretary
Reed Smith LLP

Todd N. Wartchow, Treasurer
EVP, Head of Strategy
Wells Fargo Insurance Services

Alan J. Bernon, Executive Committee
Founding Partner
Sequel Holdings, L.P.

Casey Coffman, Executive Committee
Senior Director, Business Affairs
Augusta National Golf Club

Gregory R. Page, Executive Committee
Executive Director
Cargill, Inc.

Major General (Retired) Wallace C. Arnold
Independent Senior Consultant

Emily Chen Carrera
Private Wealth Real Estate Specialist
& Chief of Research, Olshan Realty Inc.

Bill Graham
President & General Manager
GoGo squeeZ | Materne North America

William “Bill” Hanna
President, Retired
Koch Industries, Inc.

Brian Klein
Co-Founder and Managing Member
Steelhead Partners, LLC

Governor Bob Martinez
Senior Policy Advisor
Holland & Knight, LLP

Alice Norsworthy
Chief Marketing Officer
Universal Orlando Resort
Executive Vice President, International Brand Management, Universal Parks & Resorts

J. Heath Shuler
Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs
Duke Energy Corporation

Pam Iorio
President & CEO

Nationwide Leadership Council

Top local volunteer leaders who represent our national federation

Pam Iorio, Chair
President & CEO, BBBSA

Jeri Swinton, Vice Chair
CEO, BBBS of Kentuckiana

Bonnie Crabtree, Vice Chair
Board Member, BBBS of Greater Miami

Chris Anton
Board Member, BBBS of SW Idaho

Hector Batista
CEO, BBBS of New York City

Richard Burke, Jr.
Board Member, BBBS of Ventura County

Annette Cerilli
Board Member, BBBS of the Ocean State

Douglas Dell
Board Member, BBBS of Colorado

Matthew DiCicco
Board Member
BBBS of the Greater Miami Valley

Shawan Gabriel
CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters Services

Alex Gaeth
CEO, BBBS of Mid-Maine

Louis Garcia
CEO, BBBS of Puget Sound

Michelle Linville
CEO, BBBS of Manitowoc County

Charles Matthews
Board Member, BBBS of Kentuckiana

Thomas O’Brien
Board Member, BBBS of Oklahoma

Angela Reed Padilla
CEO, BBBS Central New Mexico

Darcey Palmer-Shultz
CEO, BBBS of Central Indiana

Doug Schenkel
Board Member, BBBS of Northeast Indiana

Dan Soliday
CEO, Kansas BBBS

Louis Vetere
Board Member, BBBS of Northern New Jersey

Lynne West
CEO, BBBS of Ventura County

Walter Wood
Chief Operating Officer, BBBSA

Key National Staff

Committed to being the best in nonprofit administration

Pam Iorio
President & CEO

Walter Wood
Chief Operating Officer

Tim Midkiff
Chief Financial Officer

Alais Griffin
General Counsel

Charleston Edwards
VP, National Events & Corporate Partnerships

Julie Novak
VP, Child Safety

Sean Ryan
VP, Information Technology

With Gratitude

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America owes thanks and gratitude to two law firms that have donated many hours of pro bono legal services. Reed Smith LLP has helped us by filling in as our counsel while we reorganized the national office. Greenberg Traurig LLP stepped in to represent the organization as we worked with the federal government to resolve past issues. The support of these firms has made a big difference.

Thank you to Dan Hill, President of Ervin | Hill Strategy, who has dedicated hundreds of hours of pro bono public relations expertise to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

In Memoriam

Mildred Montague passed away on January 24, 2015. In the 1970s, Mildred played a leading role in the merger of the Big Brother and Big Sister organizations, which led to the creation of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Mildred was present at a ceremony hosted by President Gerald Ford in 1977 formalizing the merger, and was named a Trustee for Life of BBBSA. We are forever appreciative of Mildred’s leadership.

Jimmy Lee, former Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Board Member and J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Vice Chairman, passed away on June 18, 2015. Big Brothers Big Sisters of America greatly appreciates his service to the work of mentoring our nation’s youth and his time as a national board member from 2012 to 2015.

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