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Executive Team

Pam Iorio
President and Chief Executive Officer

Lowell Perry
Chief Diversity Officer & Senior Vice President, Community & Corporate Engagement

Mark Alexander
Chief Financial Officer

Olivia Eudaly
Senior Vice President, External Relations

Mary Flores
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Keith Rhodes
Senior Vice President, Major Gifts

Kelly Williams
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Beth Myers
Senior Vice President, Network Leadership & Organizational Development

Julie Novak
Vice President, Child Safety

Charleston Edwards
Vice President, National Events and Sponsorships

Venessa Marks
Vice President, Research, Innovation & Growth

Pam Iorio
President and Chief Executive Officer

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Lowell W. Perry Jr.
Chief Diversity Officer & Senior Vice President, Community & Corporate Engagement

Lowell W. Perry Jr. joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 2012 as Vice President, Corporate Partnerships. Prior to assuming this national role, Perry was the Chief Executive Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee. With his guidance, the agency set records of children served (2812) and unrestricted revenue ($2.62 million) in 2010, and was selected as a Top 5 benchmark MCP (Mentoring Children of Prisoners) agency out of over 400 nationwide in overall performance. Perry, a Big Brothers Big Sisters of America CEO of the Year winner in 2007, served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council where he chaired the Leadership & HR Committee and also chaired the national African-American Advisory Council.

Some highlights before his career at Big Brothers Big Sisters include leading a start-up automotive manufacturer from concept to $30 million in three years; developing and implementing marketing strategies for a worldwide consumer products company; introducing a new paradigm in minority business development focusing on the "end-game" that saves jobs and leads to sustainable growth of disadvantaged businesses; and the creation and implementation of a successful statewide drug education prevention program targeting kids K-6.

Perry's public speaking career began during his tenure as a front office executive with the Seattle Seahawks pro football team, where he negotiated free agent contracts, handled team travel, and served as the team's primary community liaison. Popular keynote topics have included: "Creating a Meaningful Life," "Time to Take Action," "Time, Talent, Treasure," and "No Excuses, Play like a Champion."

A Yale graduate and polished keynote speaker with extensive professional on-camera, radio, and live presenting experience, Perry has been featured in numerous commercials, feature films and television shows. Lowell is an avid golfer and registered yoga instructor who enjoys acting, gourmet cooking, and spending time with his lovely wife Kathleen and their three beautiful children Trey, Tucker Nichol (Miss Tennessee USA 2010), and Trenton.

Mark Alexander
Chief Financial Officer

Mark Alexander joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as Chief Financial Officer in 2013. In this role, Mark oversees the Finance, Accounting, Treasury, Grant Administration and Tax functions of the National Office. Mark also manages the Business Technology Services business of National that provides core technology used by the entire Big Brothers Big Sisters Network. The Organizations General Counsel also reports to Mark.

Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Mark had an extensive career in the Technology and Software Industry space. Mark previously served as the Vice President of Finance at Global 360. Prior to joining Global 360, Mark served as the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Metavante Corporation’s Image Solutions Division. He has also served as Senior Vice President and internal CFO for Carreker Corporation’s Global Payments Technology Group; a Financial Consultant for Softbrands Inc.’s Hospitality Software Group; and served as Vice President of Finance for TrinTel Communications. Mr. Alexander also spent 17 years with Sterling Software and Sterling Commerce as their internal CFO in various Software Divisions of the Company.

Mark is Chairman of the Board of First Texoma National Bank and serves as the Audit Committee Chairman and member of the Executive Committee of the Bank’s Holding Company. Mark has also played significant roles in his home Church, East Dallas Christian Church, where he was most recently the Chairman of the Church’s Foundation.Mark also serves as a Director of ELM, an English Language Ministry in Dallas, TX, where he Co-Chairs the Non-Profits Finance and Fund Development Committee. Mr. Alexander received a Bachelor of Accountancy degree from the University of Oklahoma and is married to Julie Alexander for 29 years and has three wonderful children – Brandon a missionary with CRU, Amanda an Elementary School Teacher and Caroline in Retail Sales.

Olivia Coggin Eudaly
Senior Vice President, External Relations

Olivia Eudaly joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in September 2012 and serves as the organization’s Vice President of External Relations. In this role, Eudaly oversees government relations, juvenile justice, education, military initiatives, and grant oversight for the national office of Big Brothers Big Sisters. Prior to attaining this national role, she spent ten years as Executive Vice President of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star and six years as State Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters/Amachi Texas.

During Eudaly’s tenure as State Executive Director of Amachi Texas, she led a joint initiative with the explicit mission of placing one-to-one mentors in the lives of children of prisoners across Texas. Having conceived the initiative, Eudaly guided the program to successful implementation, forging partnerships and coordinating interaction with a wide array of partners, including the nine Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across Texas, the Texas Youth Commission, city and county courts, juvenile justice entities, prison ministries, and prisoner re-entry programs. Her efforts significantly impacted the lives of over 11,000 children of prisoners by providing them with one-to-one mentors. Based on her work with Amachi Texas, the American Society of Association Executives named Olivia Eudaly as the recipient of the prestigious Summit Award. In addition, she received the highest honor bestowed by her peers at Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star when she became the first recipient of the Bernon Award of Excellence for her outstanding work with children of prisoners.

Prior to her impactful career at Big Brothers Big Sisters, Eudaly served as adjunct professor at Texas Christian University, as well as at Dallas Baptist University, Texas Wesleyan University and Tarrant County College. For nine years she served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Hardin-Simmons University. She was a founding member of Leadership Texas, a long-term board member and officer of Leadership Fort Worth, and the Fort Worth citywide Chair of Twist and Shout. Eudaly has served as a member of the Texas State Board of Veterinary Medicine appointed by the governor, on the Board of Directors of the Tarrant County Hospital System appointed by the county judge, and on the Fort Worth Human Relations Commission appointed by the mayor.

Eudaly received a Bachelor of Arts degree (cum laude) from Texas Christian University majoring in Speech/Communication and English, and a Master of Arts degree (with honors) from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary majoring in Education/Communication. By invitation, she participated in the JFK School of Government, Executive Education Institute Leadership for the 21st Century at Harvard University. She also did graduate studies at Texas A&M University.

Olivia has been married to Richard Milton Eudaly since 1968. They have 5 children and 18 grandchildren.

Mary Flores
Senior Vice President, Human Resources

Mary Flores joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as Vice President of Human Resources in July 2012.

A "Big Sister" to four mentees over the years, Flores came to the national Home office from Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star (North Texas), the largest of the mentoring network’s 350 affiliates, where she served as Vice President of Human Resources for seven years.

Prior to her Big Brothers Big Sisters career, Flores, a certified Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) professional, served in a number of human resources capacities, refining her skills in benefits, compensation, employee relations, staffing, legal compliance, training, organizational development and strategic planning.

Flores became interested in human resources shortly after she earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and headed south for warmer temperatures in Texas. She landed a job in human resources at The Nasher Company, a Dallas real estate development and property management firm.

Mary believes in redefining boundaries, identifying untapped resources and talent, and motivating people to work together to support strategic objectives. She has a high regard for the splendor of productive organizational structures, particularly those that facilitate and comprise diversity.

Flores is married (she met her husband, Richard, at The Nasher Company) and has two young adult sons.

Keith Rhodes
Senior Vice President, Major Gifts

On August 5, 2013; Keith Rhodes was recruited by Charles Pierson, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America National Headquarters, to head up our Fund Development Services as Senior Vice President of Major Gifts and Individual Giving in our National Headquarters office located in Las Colinas, Texas.

Keith served as CEO of Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire since 2010 and is excited about this new opportunity to bridge his existing contacts with our National Office’s current supporters. The goal of Keith’s new role is to broaden the scope of our Fund Development Strategies to enhance the lives of children across America. 

Keith has dedicated the last 23 years to helping abused, neglected and other children facing adversity.  Prior to joining the Orange County agency, he was Executive Director of Father Flanagan’s Boys Town California.  Before moving to California, he was CEO of the Methodist Children’s Home in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he endured Hurricane Katrina and raised significant resources to restore his agency to full operation within six months.

The son of a State Trooper, Keith was born and raised in rural Alaska.   He attended Grambling State University in Louisiana, where he excelled as a student athlete prior to launching his career in the nonprofit arena. Keith holds a Master’s of Science in Criminology from Grambling and has had extensive training in donor cultivation and stewardship.  He is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has also worked as a consultant on fundraising metrics and outcomes.  Keith is a motivational speaker and member of Rotary International, and is involved with Second Harvest Food Bank, Boy Scouts of America and the State Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.  He is a Certified Therapeutic Crisis Intervention Instructor, Eagle Peer Reviewer and a member of the National Violence Prevention Council-CDC.

Kelly D. Williams
Senior Vice President, Marketing & Communications

Kelly D. Williams joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in May 2008 and serves as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications. Williams provides marketing communications guidance to support the national organization and the nationwide mentoring network’s local agencies to increase Big Brothers Big Sisters’ capacity to serve more children and volunteers. Williams and her national Marketing & Communications team create new brand awareness opportunities; develop and manage national media partnerships and celebrity relationships; and work to bring traditional and digital/social media exposure to unprecedented levels.

A former TV news reporter, Williams has a diverse advertising, marketing, corporate communications and investor relations background. She has held leadership and executive roles at Burrell Communications, Cubic Corporation and AT&T. She also spent two years as Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of North Florida.

A mentor at heart, Williams has served as a volunteer Big Sister to two Littles. She has authored two parenting books for single mothers, including the acclaimed Single Mamahood, Advice and Wisdom for the African American Single Mother. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and has served on the board of the San Diego Youth Symphony. Williams has a master's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a bachelor's in journalism from Lincoln University in Missouri.

Beth Myers
Senior Vice President, Network Leadership & Organizational Development

Beth Myers has joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as Senior Vice President, Network Leadership & Organizational Development, effective July 1, 2013. In her new national role, Myers will be based in Texas, where she previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas, one of the network’s largest of 350 local agencies. Myers was quite successful in that role and in 2006, she became the youngest selected “CEO of the Year” awarded by the National organization based on organizational performance.

“Beth is an outstanding leader and we are fortunate to have her back serving Big Brothers Big Sisters,” said T. Charles Pierson, President and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. “With this national appointment, she will be able to serve our entire network in a way that will benefit our affiliate leadership of executives and volunteer boards. Her understanding of our mission and business acumen will assist our local efforts to achieve our vision to serve more children for the better, forever.”

While serving as Big Brothers Big Sisters South Texas agency leader, Myers was also selected by her peers and played a national leadership role as the Vice Chair of the Nationwide Leadership Council. Myers has served most recently as a consultant for nonprofit organizations in Texas. In addition to holding a Master’s degree in Social Work Administration, she has a graduate certificate in Executive Business Coaching. Myers has received many recognitions for her service in the nonprofit sector including being recognized by the San Antonio Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Rising Star Award and she was recognized by Governor Perry, for her efforts on the Governor’s Mentoring Initiative Task Force.

Julie Novak
Vice President, Child Safety

Julie Novak joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 2004. As Associate Vice President of Child Safety, she serves as Big Brothers Big Sisters of America’s leading expert and national spokesperson on child safety and youth protection-related matters. 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 child abuse, violence prevention and crisis management training and consultation. Thousands of professionals across Big Brothers Big Sisters’ network and other community-based youth-serving organizations have attended her trainings. She currently serves as a member of: the National Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse & Exploitation; LexisNexis’ Advisory Board; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Work Group.

Novak has received hundreds of hours of professional training in 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 coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, she served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwestern Wisconsin for 11 years where she secured and administered collaborative local, statewide and federal violence prevention initiatives while expanding the organization’s service to children by over 400%. She 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 Dwayne Edwards
Vice President, National Events & Sponsorships

Charleston Dwayne Edwards joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 2012 and serves as Vice President, National Events and Sponsorships. In this role, he manages National events, enhance the network's signature fundraising event Bowl for Kids' Sake, develop National partners, and identify and execute additional events.

Edwards has over 13 years of event management in corporate, government, and nonprofit sectors with involvement in over one thousand events throughout his career. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Edwards launched Harmonious Events in 2007 and has dedicated over 85% of business operations to nonprofit organizations. In partnership with Points of Light in producing the National Conference on Volunteering and Service from 2008 through 2012, Edwards played a significant role in improving on-site sponsor impact, attendee experience, exhibitor relations, internal and consumer technology, and reducing operating expenses - all through sound logistical practices. Prior to starting Harmonious Events, Edwards' background involved management positions in the 2002 Salt Lake Olympics, Atlanta Falcons "12th Man" in-game marketing activations, Hoop It Up National Tour, American Idol Tour, and launching a number of mobile brand experiential tours.

Edwards presently sits on the Board of Directors and provides pro-bono event consultation for the Patriot’s Path Foundation, a regional nonprofit that assists discharged VA veterans with integration back into civilian life. Edwards currently volunteers his services to Discover Downtown Charles Town, a part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in effort to protect, grow, and preserve historic downtowns. Charleston has a degree in Sports Management from James Madison University.

Venessa Marks
Vice President, Research, Innovation & Growth

Venessa Marks is the Vice President of Research, Innovation, and Growth at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. With nearly a decade of experience in development, programming, and training in the nonprofit sector, Venessa is an enthusiastic supporter of research, innovation, and partnership development. As the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships for New York Needs You, Venessa created and launched their corporate giving and volunteer engagement department. Later, as their Vice President of the Fellows Program, Venessa ran the organization's signature mentoring and career development program for first-generation college students, leading programmatic evaluation and driving continuous, data-driven improvement. As a Director and consultant with Dare Mighty Things, Venessa worked with social entrepreneurs in the nonprofit, philanthropic, and government sectors to design and scale new initiatives. Venessa earned a Master's degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor's degree from Pitzer College, studying social change movements.

Board of Directors

National Board Chair
James F. Singleton
CEO, Singleton Associates

Michael Angelakis
Vice Chairman & Chief Financial Officer, Comcast Corporation

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

Rudy J. Baldoni
President & CEO, Newport Investment Associates

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

Leonard A. Bernstein
Partner, Reed Smith LLP

Frank Bracken – Chair 2007
President, Retired, Haggar Clothing Company

Emily Chen Carrera

Casey Coffman
Senior Director of Business Affairs, Augusta National Golf Club

Lenny Comma
Chief Executive Officer, Chairman and President, Jack in the Box

Bill Graham
President & General Manager, Beiersdorf North America

Margo Gray
Margo Gray and Associates

William W. “Bill” Hanna
President (Retired), Koch Industries, Inc.

James B. Lee, Jr.
Vice Chairman, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Greg Page – Chair 2008 and 2009
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Cargill, Inc.

Raymund A. Paredes
Commissioner of Higher Education, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

J. Heath Shuler
Senior Vice President, Federal Affairs - Duke Energy Corporation

Elizabeth A. Smith
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Bloomin' Brands Inc.

Kate Snow
National Correspondent, NBC News

Todd Wartchow
SVP and Group Financial Officer - Wells Fargo Insurance Services

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