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Executive Team

Pam Iorio
President and Chief Executive Officer

Tim Midkiff
Chief Financial Officer

Walter Wood
Chief Operating Officer

Julie Novak
Vice President - Child Safety

Charleston Edwards
Vice President - National Events and Sponsorships

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.

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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.


Walter Wood
Chief Operating Officer

Walter Wood joined Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America as Chief Operating Officer after a successful career in the juvenile justice field. 

Walter most recently served 15 years as the Executive Director of Alabama’s Department of Youth Services. His work promoting agency improvement and coordinating statewide system change was recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance as a “Shining Light” of juvenile system reform and by the Southern Legislative Conference as an example of innovative government reform. Walter spent his career working to de-emphasize the use of institutions to treat young offenders. He successfully reduced the size of Alabama’s system while growing the number of non-residential, local diversion programs providing community-based, individual treatment options for low-risk, troubled young offenders.  He believes there is no substitute for a positive, caring role model in the life of a young person.

Walter began his career as a juvenile probation officer in the Mississippi Delta and served in several supervisory and management positions in the juvenile systems in Mississippi and Alabama. With a Master’s Degree in Counseling and an MBA in Management, Walter hopes to make a contribution to the success of the national office and our affiliates across the country.


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 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’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’ Customer Advisory Board; and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children’s Safe to Compete Working 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 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 brings a specialty in balancing innovative sponsor impact and attendee experience solutions 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.


Board of Directors

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

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

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

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

Bill Graham
President & General Manager, Materne North America/Group Mom

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

Brian Klein
Partner, Steelhead Partners

Former Governor Bob Martinez
Senior Policy Advisor, Holland & Knight

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

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

Todd Wartchow
EVP - Hd. of Strategy, Wells Fargo Insurance

Foundation for BBBSA 

Board of Directors

Raymond (Chip) Newton
Board Chairman

Wallace C. Arnold

Rudy J. Baldoni

Frank D. Bracken

Grace Gallegos

Chris Owens

Steven L. Schwartz

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