Big Brothers Big Sisters

Together, the future looks big.

Potential lives within every kid. Yet, more than 8.5 million kids are still in need of someone who will stand in their corner. So, we've sharpened our focus. Reimagined how we do things. Modernized how we look and talk. And we are creating new, exciting ways to put our Littles first like never before.

We are the new Big Brothers Big Sisters. We're here to defend every kid's potential. We're ready to build the biggest possible future. Together. And this is only just the beginning.

Continue to Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities website.

Dedicated To Changing Lives Through Mentoring.

Michael Goar, CEO

Chief Executive Officer Michael Goar

In June 2016, Michael Goar took the helm as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, a nearly 100-year-old organization that has provided half a million Minnesota children facing adversity with one-to-one mentoring relationships that change their lives for the better, forever. Goar has an extensive background in education, including serving as CEO and Interim Superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools prior to leading Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities. His work at the school district included launching the office of Black Male Achievement.  He’s also been Executive Director of Generation Next, a Minneapolis-based youth development organization that works to close the achievement gap. Earlier in his career, Goar held executive positions and COO roles for both Boston Public Schools and Memphis City Schools.  He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and urban studies from the University of Wisconsin River Falls and a master’s degree in public administration from Mankato State University.  Goar holds a superintendent licensure and has participated in multiple intensive leadership development programs at Harvard University. An active community member who is passionate about giving back, Goar serves on several boards of directors, including Generation Next, Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Arts), Twin Cities Public Television, the Ordway and the Association of Metropolitan School Districts (AMSD.)

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities Leadership Team

Deanna Threadgill
Vice President of Programs
April Riordan
Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Special Projects
Natalie Obee
Vice President of Finance & Operations
Laura McCarty Tufano, CFRE
Vice President of Advancement
Corinne Castro
Director of Enrollment and Matching
Andrea Nordick-Stone
Director of Development
Rick Gibson
Director of School Programs
Jennifer Severson
Director of Marketing and Brand Management 
Sunita Evenson
Director of Human Resources
Becky Machamer, CFRE
Director of Major and Planned Giving

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities 2018 Board of Directors


Chairman of the Board
Ray Eby
Vice President, Automotive Electrification, 3M
Vice-Chairman of the Board, Chairman of the Program Committee
Patric Cooper
Executive Vice-President; Director of Communications and Corporation Support, Federated Insurance Company
Treasurer, Chairman of the Finance Committee Greg Myers
Attorney, Lockridge, Grindal, Nauen
 Secretary of the Board; Chairman of the Education & Enrichment Committee
Pat Sukhum
Sales & Account Partnerships at Bind On-Demand Health Insurance
Chairman of the Development Committee
Susan Benevides
CEO, Plus Relocation Services
Chairman of the Governance Committee
Joel Pasiuk
VP Global Talent Solutions, Ecolab, Inc.
Non-voting Member
Michael Goar
CEO, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities


Jerry Allen
Retired, advisory member
Elizabeth Bigham
Lisa Casson
Former Executive Assistant to the CEO of Yahoo!
Ann Deiman-Thornton
Dean of Liberal Arts, Inver Hills Community College
Schuyler (“Sky”) Fauver
Middle School Director, Breck School
Harvey Feldman
Amy Fiterman
Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP
Robin Galloway
President and CEO
Fieldbrooks Foods Corp
Cain Hayes
President and COO, Health Business, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
Steven Hentges
Director of Financial Planning and Analysis, Desserts Holding 
Nate Hjelseth
Vice-President and Corporate Controller, American Dairy Queen Corporation
Jamie Hofberger
Principal at Ernst & Young
Susan Kelly
Director, The Art of Youth Foundation
Todd Kosel
Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Michael LeSage
Managing Director, Proterra Investment Partners
Miron Marcotte
Managing Director, Protiviti, Inc.
Robert McCollum
President, McCollum Crowley
Tamara Moore
Adolescent Service Program Consultant, Minnesota Department of Human Services
Angie Olsonawski
Vice-President of Trading and Economics, CHS, Inc.
John Parrish
Director – Convenience, General Mills
Heather Passe
Head of Global Marketing, C.H. Robinson
Rick Penn
Retired CEO of Hutchinson Technologies
Kristine Rauenhorst
Owner and Principal Consultant, Rudder, LLC
Carol Smith
Co-Owner High Five Promotional Marketing
Aleesha Webb
Senior Vice-President; Private Commercial Officer, Sunrise Banks
Tom Welch
Principal and Business Development Manager, Palisade Asset Management
James Williams
Retired President & CEO, Global Vision Enterprises
Rachel Williams
VP Engineering, Comcast

Work With Us

We’re always looking for talented individuals who want to positively impact children in our community. See our current career opportunities.