Leading us in the right direction

From our Executive Team to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters is looking for new Board Members! If you or someone you know is interested in supporting an organization that helps children realize their potential through one-to-one mentoring, please consider submitting a nomination via our NOMINATION FORM.

Board of Directors

 Sam Ghannam - Board President
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Patricia Scott - Board Vice President
Foster Swift Collins and Smith, PC.

William Hodges - Board Secretary
Farm Bureau Insurance

Heather Shawa - Board Treasurer
Lansing Board of Water and Light

Alicia Barajas
Community Mental Health

Anthony Bechtol

Janice Berry
Department of Health & Human Services

Brian Carter
Zeta Global

Gloria Denning
United States Senate

Kristin Hofman
Public Sector Consultants

Steven Japinga
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Terrence McCarthy
PNC Bank

Timothy Mielak
MSU Federal Credit Union

Julie Pingston
Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau

John Varilek

Amit Vashisht
Jackson National Life




Staff Directory

Jamie Griggs - Program Director
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Shari Nelson - Office Manager
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Persis Sopariwala - Development Director/Community Liaison
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Wendi Lahti - Enrollment and Matching Specialist
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Leah Jones - School-Based Coordinator
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Danielle Powell - Match Support Specialist
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Shakyra Davis - Program Intern
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Sophia Meidl - Program Intern
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Caroline Passariello - Program Intern
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