ABOUT US

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.

OUR IMPACT

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Graduate from High School

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More Likely to Obtain a Bachelors Degree

Better attitude towards school 83%
Improved academic performance 71%
Higher self-esteem 89%

OUR LITTLES

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of Littles have been exposed to abuse, violence or neglect

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of Littles parents did not begin high school

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of Littles have had an incarcerated parent

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of Littles come from single-parent households

Children from single-parent households make up…

high school dropouts 71%
runaways 90%
teen suicides 63%
juvenile court cases 90%

Teen girls from single parent households are 30% more likely to become pregnant


LEADERSHIP

Sloane Keane

Chief Executive Officer
714.619.7048

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Sloane Keane, chief executive 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.

Keane joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2013 as director of development, playing a key role in tripling the operating budget from $2.6 million to over $8 million. In her most recent position as chief development officer, she helped establish financial stability for the organization and steer new funding strategies. During Keane’s tenure leading the development team, Big Brothers Big Sisters ran a capital campaign to purchase a 52,000-square-foot building, moved company headquarters to the new office in Santa Ana and seed-funded an endowment fund to invest in the agency’s long-term future. Her efforts have supported ongoing growth in serving more than 3,500 youth across Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties with quality mentoring relationships.

Keane has two decades of experience directing growth in business development, marketing and media sales for companies across the country, including the Discovery Channel and Orange County Register. She 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. Keane currently lives in Newport Beach.

Jennifer O’Farrell

Executive Director, Inland Empire
909.763.5956

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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.

Jessica Romley

Vice President of Operations
714.426.5620

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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.

Chelsea Cavigli

Director of Human Capital
714.619.7035

Hazel Gonzales

Director of Programs
714.426.5617

Allison Hata

Director of Marketing and Communications
714.426.5633

Laura Marcum

Director of Development
714.619.7034

Keith Mataya

Director of Grants
714.619.7013

Laurie Peterson

Director of Finance & Accounting
714.619.7012

Brianna Baca

Associate Director of Traditional Programs
714.619.7049

Cristal Ochoa

Associate Director of Site-Based Programs
714.426.5612


BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Board

Todd Pickup – Board Chair
Navin Narang – Vice Chair
Cary Hyden – Secretary
Erin Boyl – Treasurer
Patty Arvielo
Steve Borowski
Tim Crosson
Peter Desforges
Tom Duddy
Paul Fruchbom
Caroline Siefert-Sabo
Matt Stowe
Jeff Swindell
Gary Wilson
Henry Walker

Governing Board

Tim Andrews
Matt Bailey
Rudy Baldoni
Ellen Bancroft
Kurt Belcher
Phil Berry
Steve Blanc
Dale Camera
Brad Coleman
Brian Davis
Nori Ebersole

Chris Flick
Mike Fox
Rob Friedman
Elliot Gordon
Steve Holley
Chris Ivey
Scharrell Jackson
Blake Johnson
Guy Johnson
John Lennell
Ed Lieskovan
Tracy Miller-Weiner
Dave Moellenhoff
Scott Nelson
Chris Reedy
Thomas Reyes
Mark Rutherford
Tim Ryan
Marilyn Stemper
Brian Stevens
Gus Theisen
Kim Thompson

FINANCIALS

It’s your money that keeps us going and enables us to start more kids on the right path. So you have every right to know how it is used. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Orange County & the Inland Empire is a 501c3 (tax exempt) organization.