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KIDS WITH A BIG BROTHER OR BIG SISTER IN LORAIN COUNTY ARE BEATING THE ODDS!

Big Brothers Big Sisters is not your typical organization. We help children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities throughout Lorain County. And we couldn't do any of it without you. Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. 

Although the national efforts for Big Brothers Big Sisters took place in the early 20th century, the Lorain County chapter was introduced in 1994, thanks to the efforts and initiative assumed by the Leadership Lorain County Class of 1994.  More than ten years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Lorain County has grown into an organization that successfully serves hundreds of children each year— 11 times as many children as they first matched with mentors in 1994. The agency earned two national awards in addition to Annie E. Casey, Pillsbury and 2000 pennant— the Big Sister of the Year and Top All-Around Performer for 2006. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters continued impact on the youth of Lorain County is a testimony to the program’s mission that pledges to help children reach their full potential through professionally supported, one-to-one relationships with measurable impact. Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 14. Children seeking mentors have an option of two main programs offered through BBBS: community-based and school based. The community-based program follows the traditional model, which has been the anchor program for BBBS services all over the country. School-based programs were developed ten years ago as a way to reach more children, as well as a way to manage risks by delivering services in a school or site -based setting while remaining faithful to the one-to-one focus.

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BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Scott Fox (Chair)
President, Universal Oil

Celestine llori ( Vice Chair)
Global Director Sherwin-Williams

John Arch
Supply Chain Director, PolyOne Distribution.

Luis A. Carrión
Partner, Renner, Otto, Boisselle & Sklar, LLP

Susan Elder
Senior Director of Marketing, Jenne Inc.

Aimee Haber, MD
Surgical Director, Lorain Ambulatory Surgery Center, Cleveland Clinic

Rebecca Jones
Interim Clinical Director, Nord Center

Michael Sherrill
President, Simplified Facilities Group, Inc

Jeri-Leigh Siss
Chain Account Director Executive, Miller Coors

Jazmyn Stover
Partner Seeley, Savidge, Ebert & Gourash

Brett Tijanich
Business Banking, Huntington Bank

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MEET
THE STAFF

Marcus Madison
Community Engagement Officer 
marcus@bigloraincounty.org

 David Gerrone
Senior Case Manager
david@bigloraincounty.org

Emily Rybarczyk
Case Manager
emily@bigloraincounty.org

Sarah Leon
Case Manager
sarah@bigloraincounty.org

Gladys Britto
AmeriCorps Vista
Gladys@bigloraincounty.org

Orlando Grant
President/ CEO
Ogrant@bigloraincounty.org

Brenda Warren
VP of Quality
brenda@bigloraincounty.org

Giovana Kallas
VP of Programs & Operations
giovana@bigloraincounty.org

Joanne Waldron
Administrative Assistant
joanne@bigloraincounty.org

Farrah Amato
Titan Mentoring Manager
farrah@bigloraincounty.org

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JOBS WITH A PURPOSE

One of the most rewarding ways to get involved is to work with us. A career with Big Brothers Big Sisters 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 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 of Lorain County offers a flexible work environment that is upbeat and fun.

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BIG IMPACT PROVEN RESULTS

With the help of our donors, volunteers and partners, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes a Big impact on children’s education. The effect has been confirmed by study after study and can be tracked and monitored using our best-in-class measurement tools.According to the Public/Private Ventures (P/PV) study, our one-to-one matches truly make an impact in children's lives. A Big Brothers Big Sisters’ match is carefully administered and held to the strictest standards.