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.

Board of Directors

 Denya Macaluso - Board President
MSU Federal Credit Union

Julie Pingston - Board Vice President
Greater Lansing Convention & Visitors Bureau

William Hodges - Board Secretary
Farm Bureau Insurance

Sam Ghannam - Board Treasurer
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Katie Adkins

Alicia Barajas
Community Mental Health

Janice Berry
Department of Health & Human Services

Brian Carter
Jackson National Life

Jenny Dinehart
Independent Bank

Kristin Hofman
Public Sector Consultants

Catrice Lane
Jackson National Life

Melissa Lilje

Terrence McCarthy
PNC Bank

Patricia Scott
Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC

Heather Shawa
Lansing Board of Water & Light

Linda Sims
S & S Business Services

Angela Sprecher
Honigman Miller Schwarts & Cohn LLP

John Varilek




Staff Directory

Rich Howard - Executive Director
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Shari Nelson - Office Manager
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Persis Sopariwala - Development Director/Community Liaison
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Jamie Griggs - Program Director
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Wendi Lahti - Enrollment and Matching Specialist
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Maria Paton-Glassbrook - School-Based Coordinator
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Danielle Powell - Match Support Specialist
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Leah Jones - Enrollment Specialist / CAMP
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