We are here to start something

Leading us in the right directionFrom 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, forever.

Big Brothers Big Sisters leadership

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Executive team

Andy Nelson, Chief Executive Officer

Andy Nelson
Chief Executive Officer

Andy Nelson joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in April 2012 for his "dream job" as Chief Executive Officer. "Big Brothers Big Sisters ignites my passion for helping children and volunteering," says Andy, who spent nearly 10 years as Executive Director of Hands On Greater Portland. In his role, Andy leads the organization towards its goal of doubling its impact in the next few years.

At Hands On, Andy turned a start up into the volunteer hub for the Portland region, ranked second in the nation for volunteering. He previously worked as a development director, social worker and newspaper reporter. A native of New England, Andy earned a master's in social work from the University of Connecticut.

Andy's community involvement includes mentoring as a Big Brother as well as the Portland Parks Board and the advisory board for Partners in Diversity, the folks who produce the Say Hey! networking event. Andy lives in Northeast Portland with his wife, Kathleen, and son, Evan.


Kimberlee Hanken
Chief Development Officer



Eileen Schmidt
Program Director



Chabre Vickers
Vice President of Brand Experience

Chabre Vickers is the Vice President of Brand Experience at Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, and is leading the effort to engage the larger community in the importance of mentoring and to recruit agency partners and mentors and for children who need a positive role model.


Board of Directors

Tim Hershey, Chair
Vice President and General Manager, Direct to Consumer North America, Nike

Heidi Pozzo, Treasurer
Heidi Pozzo, LLC

Clarence Belnavis
Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Laura Carlisle
Kuni Automotive
Chief Financial Officer

Bill Christensen
Portland Trail Blazers
Vice President - Finance

Jim Clark
Jim Clark & Associates, LLC

John Convery
Vista Capital Partners
Chief Operating Officer

Tyler Cox
Health Sparq
Senior Manager of Consumer Analytics and Insights

Anne Donovan

Mark Hanna
Directors Mortgage

Randy Harris
Shreve & Co. Jewelers

Tim Hawkins

Ivey Performance Marketing

Cobi Jackson
Wells Fargo
VP & Community Development Officer

Toni Jaffe
Northwest Evaluation Association
Senior Director of Human Resources and OD

Kelly Johns
West Division VP of the Sales Center of Excellence

Mimi Lettunich

Elizabeth Lloyd
ACME Business Consulting

Steve Lovett
Stoel Rives LLP

Bobbie Parisi
Yakima Products, Inc.

Jerry Robinson
Key Bank National Association
VP, Commercial Banking

Rich Smith
Kaiser Permanente
VP of Human Resources

Melissa Spain
Moss Adams LLP
Business Assurance Partner

Amy Theuma 
U.S. Bank 
Chief Administrative Officer, Community Banking & Branch Delivery 

Steve Wright

Aequitas Capital Management
Executive Vice President

Kelly Yock
Premiere Property Group


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