Celebrate A Big Birthday

This year marks the 100th birthday of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado. Since 1918, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has supported one-to-one mentoring relationships between youth and adult volunteers to change their lives for the better, forever.

Of course, this celebration wouldn’t be possible without all of the individuals that helped us make a difference—we thank you for all of your support, and look forward to the next 100 years.

Salute A Big Century
  • 1918

    In 1918 Claude Blake, Chief Probation Officer in Denver, saw wartime conditions cause an increase in lawlessness amongst boys in his community. Recognizing that these boys needed guidance more than critics, Blake established Big Brothers of Denver.

  • 1921

    Big Sisters movement was active in Denver from 1921 until about early 1964. A few years later, in the spring of 1969 Big Sisters of Colorado began as a program out of the Southwest Community Center.

  • 1967

    Big Brothers Big Sisters-Pikes Peak was formed in 1967 as a program of Family Counseling Service. Later, the program became affiliated with the Pikes Peak YMCA.

  • 1996

    In 1996 Big Brothers of Denver merged with Big Sisters to become Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northern Colorado.

  • 1997

    In 1997 it became Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc.

  • 2001

    In 2001 Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado, Inc. merged with Big Brothers Big Sisters-Pikes Peak.

  1. 1918
  2. 1921
  3. 1967
  4. 1996
  5. 1997
  6. 2001
Our Team
Leadership
Dave Ryan
CEO
Karla Hanlon
VP, Finance and Operations
Erin Henninger
VP, Development
Sandy Karr
VP, Programs
Danielle Summerville
Executive Director, Pikes Peak
We want you to be a part of our team! Feel free to contact us!
Fundraising and Operations
Carolyne Ash
Manger of Individual Giving
Ashly Ligouri
Director of Corporate Giving
Katie McGrath
Director of Grants
Afshin Sarvestani
Data Manager
Dana Shield
Pikes Peak Event Coordinator
Juliana Wierimaa
Event Cordinator
We want you to be a part of our team! Feel free to contact us!
Program Managers
Rachel Francis Barnes
Manger of Education and Training
Patrick Caldwell
Program Manager North Team
Kirsten Eastwood
Program Manager South Team
Michael Fye
Sports Buddies Program Manager
Lance Holly
mentor2.0 Program Manager - Denver
Lucas Huffman
Program Manager Pikes Peak Team
Nick Mauirro
mentor2.0 Program Manager - Pikes Peak
We want you to be a part of our team! Feel free to contact us!
Denver Program Team
Rachel Bell
Program Specialist
Sadie Butler
Program Specialist
Mary Blake Chandler
Enrollment Specialist
Ava Cohen
Program Specialist
Mitchell Cooledge
Program Specialist
Whitney Dean
Program Coordinator mentor2.0
Rebecca Derr
Program Coordinator mentor2.0
Tracy Hale
Sports Buddies Program Specialist
Alexis Helgens
Program Specialist
Matt Kaiser
Sports Buddies Program Specialist
Michael Kirkland
Program Specialist Sports Buddies
Marissa Lease
Program Specialist
Samantha Lipman
Program Specialist
Rachel Newsome
Enrollment Specialist
Diana Olivas
Program Coordinator mentor2.0
Desiree Ott
Customer Relations Specialist
Frehiwot Semegn
Program Specialist
Amy Stapleton
Enrollment Specialist
Jonah Steed
Sports Buddies Program Specialist
Tara Stiner
Family Outreach Specialist
Colin Swihart
Program Coordinator mentor2.0
We want you to be a part of our team! Feel free to contact us!
Pikes Peak Program Team
Sebastian Andringa
Pikes Peak Program Coordinator mentor2.0
Alexandra Collopy
Pikes Peak Program Coordinator mentor2.0
Kristian DePue
Pikes Peak Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist
Brian Hicks
Pikes Peak Program Coordinator mentor2.0
Kaleena Kovach
Pikes Peak Program Specialist
Mark Searle
Pikes Peak Program Coordinator mentor2.0
Dennis Wansor
Pikes Peak Sports Buddies Program Specialist
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Our State Board of Directors 2018
Jonathan Adelman
Xcel Energy
Andrew Labbe
Treasurer
Level 3 Communications
Roberta Robinette
AT&T Colorado
David Bluth
GLC Advisors & Co., LLC
Robert McDaniel
Atkinson Power
Kelly Rodriguez
Grant Thornton
Brian Boonstra
Davis Graham & Stubbs LLP
Patrick McFarlen
EKS&H
Dave Ryan
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado
Greg Byles
GTRI
Jovan Melton
Colorado General Assembly
Rhonda Sparlin
RubinBrown
Lynn Coit
Elsy Studios
Jeff Miller
Husch Blackwell, LLC
Diane Stanek
Community Leader
Sam Cole
Colorado Dept of Transportation
C. Omar Montgomery
University of Colorado Denver
Alex Sullivan
Pikes Peak Treasurer
UMB Bank
Andy Cullen
Tributary Real Estate
Shawn Neville
Boa Technology, Inc.
Kristin Thielking
Secretary
Red Lion Hotels Corporation
Douglas Dell
Vice Chair
KeyBank
Rob Norris
Chair
Cake Insure, Inc.
Lou Trebino
KPMG LLP
Barry Dorfman
Jones Lang LaSalle
Ken O'Neal
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Hamish Walker
Seattle Fish Company
Brendan Goffinet
Merrill Lynch
Jim Qualteri
RK Mechanical
Chad Weinmaster
Wells Fargo Advisors
Jeff Hamstad
Comcast
Alex Rasmussen
Assure Holdings Corp.
Cashin White
CoBiz Financial, Inc.
Steve Jenks
Great West Financial
Associate Board of Directors 2018
Jignesh Amin
State Board Liaison
Prosono
Eric Johnson
Bank of the West
David Poticha
Biodesix, Inc.
Erin Austin
Poudre School District
Steven Li
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Jenn Price
AT&T
Evan Bekkedahl
Beatty & Wozniak, P.C.
Jeff Lippa
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Deiter Raemdonck
Chair
Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP
Kyler Burgi
Davis, Graham, & Stubbs
Lee Mauney
Bureau of Reclamation
Chase Reed
CAPGlobal, Inc.
Alison Busse
Comcast
Sean McDonald
Co-Chair
Anton Collins Mitchell LLP
Tyler Smith
Xcel Energy
Josh Culberson
Aviana Global Technologies
Grant Munyon
Hogan Lovells
David Thurow
ViTl Solutions
Ben Eisenberg
KPMG
Amanda Nichols
TEKSystems
Rachel Van Dissel
Secretary
Xactly
Max Froseth
Silicon Valley Bank
Audrey Nottke
Medical Center of Aurora
Brian Watkins
Oracle Data Cloud (Datalogix)
Shane Griffin
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
Mike Oakes
Wells Fargo Advisors
Kyle Wiltsey
Siegfried Group
Elmer Harris
Colorado Springs School District 11
Sean O'Bryan
Newmont Mining
Tiamo Wright
Pinnacol Assurance
Kaley Hutchinson
Compassion International
Logan Pape
Halliburton
Pikes Peak Advisory Board 2018
Derry Adams
Gaddis, Kin, Herd & Craw, P.C.
Paul Crosby
Vice Chair
The Alliance
Gregory Poole
Comcast
Greg Antl
Walmart
Jeff Hamstad
Chair
Comcast
Alex Sullivan
Treasurer
UMB Bank
Nigel Cass
American Family Insurance
Lance James
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum
Matt Waddell
State Farm
Gabriel Causse
Colorado Springs Switchbacks