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

 John Varilek - Board President

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 & Light

Alicia Barajas
Community Mental Health

Anthony Bechtol

Janice Berry
Department of Health & Human Services

Michael Coleman, M.D.
Midwest Eye Consultants

Gloria Denning
United States Senate

Kristin Hofman
Public Sector Consultants

Steven Japinga
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce

Timothy Mielak
MSU Federal Credit Union

Jo-Ellyn Tucker
Community Volunteer

Amit Vashisht




Staff Directory

Megyn Forest - Executive Director
[email protected]  / 517-372-0162

Shari Nelson - Office Manager
[email protected] / 517-372-0160

Michelle Gordon-Releford - Program Director
[email protected] / 517-449-0742

Danielle Powell - Match Support Specialist and Recruitment Specialist
[email protected] / 517-899-8670

Leah Jones - Match Support Specialist
[email protected] / 517-449-3220

Jackie Duckett - Enrollment Specialist
[email protected] / 517-899-9499