We believe that all children should have the opportunity to succeed in life and live up to their full potential.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County was founded in 1958 and is one of the national organization’s top mentoring agencies in the country, serving more than 3,300 children each year.
Our Purpose: For every child to have the opportunity to succeed in life and live up to their full potential.
Our Mission: To provide strong and enduring, one-to-one, professionally supported mentoring relationships for every child who needs and wants one.
Our Vision: To change the life of a child for the better, forever.
Graduate from High School
Enroll in College
More Likely to Obtain a Bachelors Degree
of Littles have been exposed to abuse, violence or neglect
of Littles parents did not begin high school
of Littles have had an incarcerated parent
of Littles come from single-parent households
Children from single-parent households make up…
Teen girls from single parent households are 30% more likely to become pregnant
Chief Executive Officer
Melissa is currently a chief executive officer with Big Brothers Big Sisters overseeing Orange County and the Inland Empire. As CEO of the largest agency in California and one of the largest agencies in the U.S. (out of 300+), Melissa is responsible for the general operations and oversight of 65 staff members and all programming for the over 3,300 children the agency serves annually. During her time with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Melissa has launched a workplace-mentoring program that has partnered the agency with some of the most premier corporations in the country and led the expansion into San Bernardino and Riverside counties. In her first year, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire received the gold standard award as one of the top performing agencies in the country and was nominated for both agency and board of directors of the year.
Melissa is a tireless advocate for children facing adversity, believing that all children should have the opportunity to succeed in life and reach their full potential. Through her work, other philanthropic commitments and public speaking engagements, she is bringing awareness to the importance of youth mentoring in helping create systemic socioeconomic change.
Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Melissa served as the executive director of the Center for Investment and Wealth Management (CIWM) at the UC Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business. During her tenure with the CIWM, she helped raise more than $3.3 million for the school, grew the advisory board to include over 55 of the most prominent wealth management firms in Southern California and established the center as a thought leader and source of innovative analysis for new methodologies and strategies within the wealth management industries. Melissa began her career in public accounting working with some of the country’s most prominent professional athletes and musicians on multistate tax strategy.
Melissa received her Bachelor of Science degree in accounting with a minor in economics from Northern Arizona University and an Executive MBA (magna cum laude) from the UC Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business. Melissa is a Visionary member of the Dean’s Leadership Circle at the UC Irvine, Paul Merage School of Business, serves on the advisory board for the Brandman University Business School, is a member of Orange County Young Executives and sits on the board of the Economic Self-Sufficiency Policy and Research Institute at UC Irvine. Melissa and her husband Harry live in Laguna Niguel with their three sons.
Chief Development Officer
Sloane Keane, chief development officer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire, joined the agency in 2013 after establishing an illustrious career in media sales and marketing. As director of fund development, she succeeded in doubling revenue from $2.6 million to well over $6 million. These funds have allowed the organization to increase the number of youth served to more than 3300 annually, while also strengthening the quality and longevity of existing matches. In 2016, Sloane stepped into her present role of chief development officer, where she continues to support the agency’s growth as a top mentoring organization for underserved youth.
Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Sloane worked in print publishing and television, holding positions at companies across the country including The Discovery Channel and the Orange County Register.
Sloane is a native of Southern California and grew up in Orange County. After graduating from Mater Dei, she crossed the coast to obtain her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University. She currently lives in Newport Beach.
Executive Director, Inland Empire
As executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire, Jennifer spearheads efforts and services to combat human trafficking and prevents vulnerable youth from poverty, abuse and victimization through strategic and systematic one-to-one mentoring. Throughout her career, she has consulted, contracted with and worked for various nonprofits to ensure agency success through innovative and outcome-based measures to increase capacity and quality of programs, curriculum, services and funds.
Her leadership in the region has created pipelines and services for underserved youth to reduce child abuse, break cycles of generational poverty and increase academic attainment. She has served as president of the YWCA, founding member of The Pick Group, appointed board member to the Riverside Public Utilities, board member of San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Making Hope Happen Foundation, and the Parkview Community Hospital Foundation.
In addition, Jennifer is a past TedX Riverside speaker and has received numerous accolades from community organizations, including the 2012 Attorney General’s Award of Citizen Appreciation, 2013 Young Alumni Achievement Award from California Baptist University, 2013 Woman of the Year from the Riverside County Commission on Women, 2014 Soroptimist International Ruby Award and Soroptomist International Golden West Region Award, 2014 NAACP Community Service Freedom Award, and 2014 HOPE Collaborative Advocate of the Year Award.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University, is a certified sexual assault counselor and advocate, graduated from the Riverside Chamber of Commerce 2010 Leadership Class and holds a philanthropy certificate from the Zapara School of Business at La Sierra University. As a wife, mother and mentor, she values the importance of community members investing in the lives of future generations to change a life and bring economic impact to the region.
Vice President of Operations
As vice president of operations, Jessica Romley ensures Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County and the Inland Empire’s one-to-one youth mentoring program has the resources needed to operate at the highest level. She works across departments to analyze trends and outcomes, develop efficiency efforts, create new programs and adhere to national standards and policies.
Her involvement with the agency began in 2008 when she became a mentor to Little Sister Alejandra; in 2017, she was selected as Big Sister of the Year for the state of California. She joined the nonprofit in a professional capacity in July 2013 as director of site-based programs overseeing the growth and development of Workplace Mentoring and High School Bigs. Prior to joining the Big Brothers Big Sisters team, she worked in the program management office at Rockwell Collins and in procurement for Silverado Senior Living.
Jessica has a degree in business finance from California Polytechnic University, Pomona, and is pursuing her Executive MBA at the UC Irvine Paul Merage School of Business. She currently resides in Orange with her husband and three children.
Director of Human Capital
Director of Programs
Director of Grants
Director of Marketing and Communications
Director of Development
Director of Finance & Accounting
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Todd Pickup – Board Chair
Navin Narang – Vice Chair
Cary Hyden – Secretary
Erin Boyl – Treasurer