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.

Executive Team

Pam Iorio
President and Chief Executive Officer

Tim Midkiff
Chief Financial Officer

John Melia
Chief Development Officer

Alais Griffin
General Counsel

Julie Novak
Vice President - Child Safety

Charleston Edwards
Vice President - National Events and Corporate Partnerships

Greg Zweber
Vice President, Affiliate Support and Compliance

Sean Ryan
Vice President, Information Technology

Board of Directors

Rudy J. Baldoni, National Board Chair
Chairman & CEO, Newport Investment Associates

Todd N. Wartchow, Vice Chair
EVP, Head of Strategy, Wells Fargo Insurance

Emily Chen Carrera , Treasurer
Private Wealth Real Estate Specialist & Chief of Research, Olshan Realty, Inc.

Leonard A. Bernstein, Secretary
Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Wallace C. Arnold
Major General (Retired), United States Army
Interim Assistant Provost, Hampton University

Alan J. Bernon
Senior Advisor and President, Affiliate Division, Dairy Farmers of America, Inc.

William "Bill" Hanna
President (Retired), Koch Industries, Inc.

Governor Bob Martinez
Senior Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight

Alice Norsworthy
Chief Marketing Officer, Universal Orlando Resort
Executive Vice President, International Brand Management for Universal Parks & Resorts

Tom O'Brien
President, Managing Partner Commercial Realty, LLC
Managing Partner, Industrial Developers Oklahoma, LLC
Managing Partner, Fleming Company, LLC

Gregory R. Page
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cargill, Inc.

Liz Smith, Immediate Past National Board Chair
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Bloomin' Brands Inc.

 

Foundation for BBBSA
Board of Directors

Raymond (Chip) Newton
Board Chairman

Wallace C. Arnold

Rudy J. Baldoni

Frank D. Bracken

Grace Gallegos

Chris Owens
Secretary

Steven L. Schwartz

Executive Team Bios


Pam Iorio

President and Chief Executive Officer 

Pam Iorio is the President/CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the country’s oldest and most effective mentoring organization, leading the organization since March 31, 2014.

Iorio, the former two-term Mayor of Tampa, Florida, successfully led the 54th largest city in the United States, leaving office in 2011 with a remarkable 87 percent approval rating. First elected in 2003, Iorio’s tenure was marked by a revitalized downtown, massive investment in infrastructure, redevelopment throughout the city, unprecedented reduction in crime, commitment to the arts and fiscal soundness, with financial reserves tripling even during a recession.

First elected to public office at age 26, Iorio was the youngest person ever to win a seat on the Board of County Commissioners for Hillsborough County, Florida. In 1992 she was elected for the first of three terms as the county’s Supervisor of Elections. In 1999 she served as the president of the State Association of Supervisors of Elections, where she served as spokesperson for the organization during the highly publicized 2000 presidential election in Florida.

In 2012, after three decades in public life Iorio authored a leadership book, "Straightforward, Ways to Live and Lead" and helped organizations build strong and effective leaders as a keynote speaker. She also served as the Leader-in-Residence at the John H. Sykes College of Business at the University of Tampa. In 2012, Iorio was asked to serve as the interim CEO of The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County after the agency went through significant leadership challenges. She served in that capacity until July 2013, setting the agency on a positive course and assisting in the selection of a new Executive Director.

Iorio graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. with a B.S. degree in Political Science. She holds a Master’s degree in History from the University of South Florida. She is married with two children.


Tim Midkiff

Chief Financial Officer

Tim Midkiff joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as controller in December 2013. In September 2014, he assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer. In this role, Tim oversees Information Technology, Grant Compliance and Quality Assurance, Payroll, Internal Audit, Annual Audit, Building Maintenance, and BBBSA Foundation.

Tim previously served as the controller for American Lung Association of the Plains-Gulf Region. While at American Lung Association he lead in consecutive years of successful annual federal audits, managed grants from varying federal agencies as well as lead in several mergers.

Prior to joining American Lung Association, Tim served as the controller for Family Gateway. Tim comes from a background of business ownership where he successfully led the company from start-up to expansion to multiple locations.

Tim received a Bachelor Degree from Baylor University and Masters of Business Administration in Accounting from the University of Dallas.


John Melia

Chief Development Officer

John Melia was appointed the Chief Development Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in July of 2016. In his role as Chief Development Officer, he plans, coordinates, and assures implementation of strategies to develop donors and contributions to support the national organization and its affiliate members.

John is a nationally recognized advocate and nonprofit leader. In 2002, in the basement of his home, with only $50, Melia founded the fastest-growing charity of the 21st century, the Wounded Warrior Project. Before stepping down as CEO and Executive Director in 2009, he had grown the organization to earning $60 million in annual revenue and becoming the 30th most recognizable nonprofit brand in the world.

His passion for veterans stems from his own military service. In 1992, John was a passenger on a Marine Corps helicopter flying off the coast of Somalia when the helicopter exploded and crashed into the sea. He suffered burns and other injuries which led to his early retirement from active duty in 1995. He served as an infantry corporal in the 1st Marine Division and a first lieutenant in the Maryland Army National Guard. Melia earned the Combat Action Ribbon, the Navy Achievement Medal, and other decorations for exemplary military service.

John also served on the Board of Directors of the Boselli Foundation, Children of Fallen Patriots, and Veterans Energy Force, and he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations, from start-ups to national organizations.

John is a native of Seekonk, Massachusetts and a graduate of The State University of New York Regents College and the Executive Program for Non Profit Leaders at Stanford University.


Alais Griffin

General Counsel

Alais Griffin joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as its General Counsel in September 2015. As the organization’s chief legal officer, she oversees all legal issues concerning BBBSA’s operations.

Prior to joining BBBSA, Alais was a partner in the Chicago office of an international law firm, where she focused her practice on litigation, compliance, and internal investigations. In 2009, she was appointed by President Obama to serve as a political appointee at the United States Department of Transportation, where she was Counselor to the General Counsel and, subsequently, Chief Counsel for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). As FMCSA’s chief legal officer, Alais managed the agency’s litigation matters, as well as the legal and strategic review of agency policies, programs, and regulations. In her capacity as a senior political appointee, she worked regularly on legislative and regulatory matters with the White House, the Department of Justice and other Executive Branch agencies, and Congress. While at USDOT, Alais received Secretary LaHood’s Team Award for her role in investigating and prosecuting an illegal and unsafe company.

Alais has a long-standing passion for public interest work and mentoring. She was a founding Board member of The Chicago Training Center, a non-profit organization that uses the sport of competitive rowing to create opportunities for underserved Chicago youth, and a Board member of the Chicago Public Interest Law Initiative. She was an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and spearheaded the USDOT attorney mentoring program. In 2013, she received the “Outstanding 50 Asian Americans in Business Award” from the Asian American Business Development Center.

Alais received a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Harvard University and a JD, cum laude, from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where she was Executive Editor of the Northwestern University Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.


Julie Novak

Vice President - Child Safety

Julie Novak joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 2004. As Vice President of Child Safety, she serves as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s leading expert and national spokesperson on matters related to child safety and youth protection. She leads the nationwide advancement of effective child abuse prevention and crisis response strategies throughout Big Brothers Big Sisters’ network, working collaboratively with other national experts from organizations that include: The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, The Crimes Against Children Research Center, Centers for Disease Control, The Nonprofit Risk Management Center, and local, state, and federal law enforcement authorities.

Novak develops and provides statewide and national training and consultation on child abuse prevention, violence prevention, and crisis management. Thousands of professionals across Big Brothers Big Sisters’ network and other community-based youth-serving organizations have attended her trainings. She’s served as a member of the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation; United States Olympic Committee’s Safe Sport Working Group; Vice President Biden’s Gun Violence Task Force; LexisNexis/First Advantage’s Customer Advisory Board; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Safe to Compete Working Group.

Novak has participated in hundreds of hours of professional training in the prevention of child abuse, exploitation, violence prevention, and risk management through: Chadwick Center – San Diego Children’s Hospital; Prevent Child Abuse America; the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children; the National Child Advocacy Center; the National Child Protection Training Center; the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention; the Nonprofit Risk Management Center; Crimes Against Children Research Center; and the U.S. Department of Justice.

Prior to starting to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, she served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin for 11 years. At BBBS of Northwestern Wisconsin, she secured and administered collaborative local, statewide, and federal violence prevention initiatives while expanding the organization’s service to children by over 400%. She also served as a grant reviewer for the Wisconsin State Department of Justice, an Executive Committee Member of the Eau Claire YMCA, President of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Wisconsin, helped found the Boys and Girls Club of the Greater Chippewa Valley, and served as Nationwide Leadership Council Vice Chair, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. After graduating from the University of Iowa she served for three years as a sexual assault and domestic violence victims’ advocate. She resides in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.


Charleston Edwards

Vice President - National Events and Corporate Partnerships

Charleston Edwards is the Vice President of National Events and Sponsorships for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. With the organization since 2012, Edwards now leads corporate partnerships and national events that fuel the organization’s mission of furthering national youth mentoring.

Edwards has more than 15 years of event management and sponsorship activation experience spanning corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors. He specializes in balancing sponsor impact and attendee experience with logistical and budget efficiency. Beyond events, Edwards has expertise in integrated marketing initiatives between nonprofits and corporations — elevating awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters while adding maximum value for partners.

Edwards is known for his integrity, work ethic, positive approach and passion for nonprofit organizations. Early in his career, Edwards managed a number of corporate activations for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. He went on to manage hundreds of corporate activations, concerts, televised productions and mobile events all over the U.S. and Puerto Rico. He co-founded an event management firm in 2007 that concentrates on an array of niche events, including basketball tournaments, staffing services, large-scale conferences, and presidential events.

He served for six years on the board of directors of the Patriot’s Path Foundation and currently volunteers professional services to Discover Downtown Charles Town, a part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in West Virginia. Edwards and his wife, proud parents of two, also advocate and volunteer for the Foster-to-Adopt division of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

Edwards has a degree in kinesiology, sports management, and business from James Madison University.


Greg Zweber

Vice President - Affiliate Support and Compliance

In July 2015, Greg moved to Tampa to serve as the Director of Affiliate Support for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, and in 2016, he became Vice President, Affiliate Support and Compliance.

Greg Zweber joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters network in 2006 when he served on the Board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Minnesota. In 2008, he became the agency’s Executive Director. Under Greg’s leadership, the agency earned the 2014 Gold Standard Award.

Greg earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Communications from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, and served in the Peace Corps in Ecuador for two years following his graduation from St. Thomas. Greg has been a Big Brother to two Little Brothers in Minnesota and still keeps in contact with both of them after the move to Florida.

Greg and his wife Nicole have been married for 18 years and have three children.


Sean Ryan

Vice President - Information Technology

Sean became Vice President, Information Technology for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 2014, to direct and facilitate the next generation of services and solutions serving the nationwide network.

Sean previously served as BBBS Lone Star’s Director of Managed Information Services. In that role, he developed BBBS Lone Star’s technology infrastructure. He first volunteered for Lone Star, helping plan for integrating the technology solutions for three Texas agencies consolidating to become Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star.

Sean earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in management from Northwood University. He has two children, and when the National Office relocated in 2015, he moved to Tampa, Florida with his wife.