WHO WE ARE

Defenders of the Potential of Youth in NWA

 

For 25 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas (BBBSNWA) has been a positive influence for youth in the Northwest Arkansas area. We are committed to providing quality mentors to children in our community because we believe children are full of potential. BBBSNWA strives to defend that potential. We have grown to be the largest children’s mentoring organization in Northwest Arkansas, offering the youth of our community a chance to reach their fullest potential.

Meet Our Staff

Tami Shaver

Tami Shaver

Executive Director

Quaneshia Cotton

Quaneshia Cotton

Match Support Manager

Kenia Espinal

Kenia Espinal

Enrollment Team Leader | Dream Big Program Manager

Brooke Allen

Brooke Allen

Development Director

Rose Ramirez

Rose Ramirez

Program Director

Carmen Gardner

Carmen Gardner

Match Support

Ivy Welch

Ivy Welch

Match Support

Julie Joyner

Julie Joyner

Enrollment Specialist

Jennifer Janda

Jennifer Janda

Community Engagement Manager

Paige Griffith

Paige Griffith

Siloam Springs Program Specialist

Katelyn Coon

Katelyn Coon

Siloam Springs Program Director

Meet Our Board Members

Jeff Smith

Jeff Smith

President | Committees: Fund Development

Kerry Robinson

Kerry Robinson

President-Elect | Committees: Governance, Finance

A.J. Sims, Jr.

A.J. Sims, Jr.

Treasurer | Committees: Finance

Ryan Green

Ryan Green

Committees: Finance

Chad Risner

Chad Risner

Committees: Fund Development

Azu Denton

Azu Denton

Committees: Governance, Program

Mark McKane

Mark McKane

Committees: SSAC

Roger Goode

Roger Goode

Committees: Program

Kristine Joji-Wood

Kristine Joji-Wood

Committees: Fund Development

Angela Oxford

Angela Oxford

Committees: Program

David Erstine

David Erstine

Committees: Governance

Trinh Lam

Trinh Lam

Committees: Program

Steve Schumacher

Steve Schumacher

Committees: Fund Development

Alex Sorrell

Alex Sorrell

Committees: Program

William Douglas

William Douglas

Committees: Governance, Fund Development

Ebony Wyatt

Ebony Wyatt

Erika Carrasco

Erika Carrasco

Committees: Finance

Nicole Chapman

Nicole Chapman

Committees: Governance

History of Big Brothers Big Sisters in NWA

Big Brothers Big Sisters is the largest and oldest youth mentoring organization in the United Sates.  Big Brothers Big Sisters got its start in 1904 and uses evidence-based mentoring to make successful, long-lasting matches.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Arkansas was incorporated in 1993 in a program that grew out of the ‘Buddies’ program in Fayetteville.  We made our first launch in December of 1995. By 1997 we were serving nearly 90 children.  In 2019 we served 390 families.

From Our Team

Thank you for helping us help the community. We couldn’t do it without you.

Big Brothers Big Sisters NWA