Leading us in the right direction

From our Executive Team to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters has a group of compassionate and dedicated individuals on our side who are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.

Executive Team

Artis Stevens
President and Chief Executive Officer

Tim Midkiff
Chief Financial Officer

Jarrod Bell
Chief Technology Officer

Adam Vasallo
Chief Development Officer

Mandy Bisceglia
Chief Agency Officer

Charleston Edwards
Vice President - National Events and Corporate Partnerships

Tanya Gibson
Vice President - Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Human Resources

Julie Novak
Vice President - Youth Protection

Board of Directors

The role of the BBBSA Board of Directors is to support and govern the National Office of BBBSA, which helps the 240 agencies as they mentor youth in every state across the country.

Ken Burdick
National Board Chair
Executive Vice President
Centene Corporation

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

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

Leonard A. Bernstein, Esq.
National Board Secretary
Partner
Chair, Financial Services Regulatory Group
Holland & Knight LLP

Guy Adami
Director of Advisor Advocacy
Private Advisor Group
Co-Host
CNBC's Fast Money

Dave Clark
General Manager
FreeWheel
EVP
Comcast

Jeff Fetters
Chairman & CEO
Federated Insurance

Cheslie Kryst
Miss USA 2019

Alice Norsworthy
EVP, Chief Marketing Officer
Universal Parks & Resorts

Tom O’Brien
SVP, CBRE
Managing Partner, Fleming Construction Group         
Butler Building Distributor

Gregory R. Page
Past National Board Chair
Retired Chairman & CEO
Cargill, Incorporated

Robert E. Sanchez
Chairman & CEO
Ryder System, Inc.

Steven H. Wheeler
Chief Executive Officer,
Centurion LLC and MHM Services, Inc.

Artis Stevens
President & CEO
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

 

Executive Team Bios

Artis Stevens

President and Chief Executive Officer 

As the President & CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Artis Stevens takes the helm of the organization at one of the most critical moments for our nation’s youth. Artis grew up the youngest in a large family with modest resources but rich in positive relationships that inspired his potential. The son and grandson of preachers, he often shares, rather than going into ministry, his calling for the past 25 years has focused on youth development and empowering young people.

As the first Black CEO in BBBSA’s 100+ year history, he is inspired by the many leaders who blazed a trail before him and sees this historic announcement as fuel for more barriers to be broken. His hard work and drive led him to become an award-winning non-profit marketing leader with a passion for building purpose-driven brands, boards, and teams. He brings unique experience having led large-scale teams, affiliate systems and transformational outcomes across nationwide youth programs, fundraising, marketing, and initiatives focusing on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI). 

Highly skilled in developing innovative marketing and fundraising strategies at the grassroots and national levels, Artis has produced compelling purpose and cause-marketing partnerships with more than 50 iconic and global brands generating hundreds of millions in revenue and media to support kids.

A proven visionary leader, his experience in marketing strategy, partnership and celebrity engagement, digital transformation and board management provides a diverse mix of expertise positioning Artis as a sought-after speaker on revitalizing nonprofit brands, infusing brand culture, and converting marketing to engagement. 

Before joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Artis served as Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for National 4-H Council, leading the national marketing and communications efforts driving the organization's positioning, brand strategy, marketing campaigns, communications, digital presence, consumer insights, and affiliate marketing. His leadership doubled fundraising for 4-H and led to the recruitment of one million alumni.  He was named American Marketing Association Foundation's (AMAF) 2018 National Nonprofit Marketer of the Year, the highest honor bestowed to nonprofit marketing professionals, for his leadership in revitalizing 4-H's 100-year-old brand image. Prior to 4-H, he served as National Vice President, Marketing, Strategy & Operations at Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) where his most notable accomplishment was spearheading BGCA's new tagline and most impactful brand awareness campaign launch to date– Great Futures Start Here. 

Artis says his most remarkable achievement is being voted World’s Best Dad annually for more than a decade by his wife, Dr. Erica Stevens and his two girls. 

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Tim Midkiff

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.

Jarrod Bell

Chief Technology Officer

Jarrod Bell joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as Chief Technology Officer in 2017. Prior to his current role, Jarrod served as the Chief Information Officer at the San Francisco Opera.  As a member of the organization’s executive management team, he provided strategic business technology recommendations, planning, and implementation.  He led several transformative projects, including a “work anywhere” initiative, a complete infrastructure migration to the cloud, a major website redesign, and the implementation of a market-leading security management program.

Prior to his role with the San Francisco Opera, Jarrod served as the Director of Information Services and Technology for Telwares, an IT services and network cost optimization provider based in San Francisco.  In this position, he was responsible for guiding strategic information systems and business intelligence initiatives.  He joined Telwares in 2002, and managed all aspects of Telwares’ information technology and services. 

Prior to joining Telwares, Jarrod served as Managing Partner of Incite Technology, an IT consulting firm. In this role, he led the design and implementation of multiple business systems, business process improvement, and the deployment of call center platforms. He was involved as an early adopter of desktop and server virtualization as well as cloud services offerings.

Jarrod studied Ocean Engineering at Florida Atlantic University.  He is an enthusiast of technology, endurance sports, and the arts.

Charleston Edwards

Adam Vasallo

Chief Development Officer

Adam Vasallo is the Chief Development Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. Adam joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in January 2018 and leads the development team in creating corporate partnerships and relationships with individual donors to generate the necessary funds needed to fulfill the organization’s vision of ensuring all children achieve success in life. In his role, Adam also oversees all marketing operations of the National Office.

Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Adam spent 11 years at HSN, where he held several senior level development and marketing roles including Director of New Business Development. In that role, Adam cultivated and grew multi-year corporate partnerships by driving customer engagement, generating incremental revenue, and acquiring new customers through storytelling, unique experiences, and multichannel marketing programs anchored in content.

Adam was a Big Brother for seven years prior to his Little Brother leaving for college. Adam also served on the Pinellas County Leadership Council for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay prior to joining the National Office. Adam is a board member for Preserve the ‘Burg, a member of the University of South Florida Digital Marketing Advisory Board, and an alumnus of Leadership Pinellas.

Adam has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications from the University of South Florida and a Master of Business Administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Adam and his wife, Robyn, were married in 2010 and have two children, Addison and Zachary.

 

 

Charleston Edwards

Mandy Bisceglia

Chief Agency Officer

Mandy Bisceglia is the Chief Agency Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. In May of 2017, Mandy joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America as the Director of Affiliate Support.

Mandy has worked within the Big Brothers Big Sisters network for over 15 years; beginning with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Capital Region (Albany, NY) and then with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay for over 12 years. During her tenure with BBBS of Tampa Bay, she had the privilege of holding direct service and director level positions within each function of the program department, spending the last five years as the Vice President of Programs. As the Vice President of Programs, she was responsible for the overall quality and capacity building of program services through ongoing monitoring, development and implementation of improved quality measures and evaluation using the nationally accepted quality metrics.

Mandy holds a degree in sociology, with an individualized study in International Studies and Juvenile Delinquency, from State University of New York College at Cortland.

Mandy is also a Big Sister to her Little Sister, Selena. They've been matched since November 2013.

 

Charleston Edwards

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, Charleston now leads corporate partnerships and national events that fuel the organization’s mission of furthering national youth mentoring.

Charleston has more than 20 years of live 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, Charleston has expertise in integrated marketing initiatives between nonprofits and corporations — elevating awareness for Big Brothers Big Sisters while adding maximum value for partners.

Early in his career, Charleston 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.

Charleston has a Bachelor of Science degree in sports management and business from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA.

Charleston and his wife, proud parents of three, also advocate and volunteer for the Foster-to-Adopt division of the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resources.

 

Julie Novak

Tanya Gibson

Vice President - Diversity Equity, Inclusion and Human Resources

Tanya Gibson has worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters of America for three and a half years. She currently serves as the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Human Resources for the National Office. Her role at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is to support the National Office as a strategic business partner for Human Resources initiatives as well as providing support to the 240 Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the country. Tanya’s role also includes leading the Big Brothers Big Sisters Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee, whose purpose is to embed DEI in all the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is a champion for ensuring that all dimensions of diversity, equity, and inclusion are a priority for all staff, mentors and the communities in which Big Brothers Big Sisters provides mentoring services.

Tanya has worked in Human Resources for over 10 years in a variety of industries and holds an MBA from Saint Leo University as well as a Professional of Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute.

Julie Novak

Julie Novak

Vice President - Youth Protection

Julie Novak joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of America in 2004. As Vice President of Youth Protection, 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.

Julie 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.

Julie 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, Julie 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.