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
 Rick Gibson
Director of School Programs
Brian Hissong
Partner Relations Specialist
Jenny Javitch
Director of Education and Enrichment
Suzy Q. Piper
Interim Director of Communications and Public Relations
Corinne Castro
Director of Enrollment and Matching

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities 2016 Board of Directors


Board Chair
Ray Eby
Vice President, Automotive Electrification, 3M
Board Vice-Chair
Patric Cooper
Executive Vice-President; Director of Communications and Corporation Support, Federated Insurance Company
Board Treasurer
Miron Marcotte
Managing Director, Protiviti, Inc.
Board Secretary
Susan Kelly
Director, The Art of Youth Foundation


Jerry Allen
Retired Sales Manager, ARI
Elizabeth Bigham
Chief Operating Officer, Senior Vice-President – Consumer Solutions Group, Optum
Lisa Casson
Former Executive Assistant to the CEO of Yahoo!
Ann Deiman-Thornton
Dean of Liberal Arts, Inver Hills Community College
Amy Fiterman
Partner, Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP
Harvey Feldman
Michael Goar
Chief Executive Officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities
Non-voting Member
Nate Hjelseth
Vice-President and Corporate Controller, American Dairy Queen Corporation
Jamie Hofberger
Principal at Ernst & Young
Michael Jensen
Vice-President of Finance, Caribou Coffee, Inc.
Todd Kosel
Partner at PriceWaterhouseCoopers
Michael LeSage
Managing Director for Proterra Investment Partners, LP.
Jennifer Moll
Audit Partner, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP
Angie Olsonawski
Vice-President of Trading and Economics, CHS, Inc.
Heather Passe
Chief Marketing Officer, Regis Corporation
Joel Pasiuk
Vice President Talent Solutions Ecolab Inc.
Rick Penn
Retired CEO of Hutchinson Technologies
Kristine Rauenhorst
Owner and Principal Consultant, Rudder, LLC
Arnie Roese
Business Director, 3M
Greg Schlaefer
Partner, Ernst and Young
Susan Schneider
President, Plus Relocation Services
Aleesha Webb
Senior Vice-President; Private Commercial Officer, Sunrise Banks
Tom Welch
Principal and Business Development Manager, Palisade Asset Management
Ryan Wolff
Senior Director for Sales and Planning, Comcast Spotlight

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