Leading us in the right direction

Big Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.

Board of Directors

Trai Bunch
Iowa City Police Department
I serve as a Board Member because I was a Little two times and I have firsthand experience with the impact a positive role model creates in a child's life.

Chad Burtch, Chair

State Farm Insurance

Kim Chickering

University of Iowa Center for Advancement

Robbie Deckard, Treasurer

GreenState Credit Union
I serve as a Board Member because I truly believe that Big Brothers Big Sisters creates a lasting impact for both Littles and Bigs.  As a current Big I can relate my firsthand experience to the programs and services offered and understand the importance of being able to continue such a great program in the future.

Sara Hektoen, Secretary

City of Iowa City

Erin N. Jehle

MidWestOne Bank, Learning Development Officer
I serve as a Board Member because it is important for every child to thrive and be given every opportunity to succeed. I am a parent and I strongly believe that having a trusted mentor can be life changing for a young person. By creating these relationships, children feel seen, heard, and empowered. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Johnson County is providing these opportunities to children in our community, and I find joy in being a part of it. 

Margaret "Peg" Kramer

Tasha Lard

Owner, JD Beauty Supply
I serve as a Board Member because operating in love is the best way to be because operating in love allows you to respect and value people where they are in that very moment in life.

Frederick Newell
Iowa City Community School District, Inclusion & Outreach Coordinator
Purpose Place, Lead Pastor
I serve as a Board Member because I wholeheartedly believe in the mission of BBBS. I personally know the impact that mentorship has on young people and I want to ensure I do my part to help further the BBBS mission within our community.

Chace Ramey

Iowa City Community School District

Raphael Robertson, Vice Chair

Robertson Marketing and Branding
I serve as a Board Member because I am dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of young people, and my work with Big Brothers Big Sisters is a testament to that commitment.

Molly Torchia
University of Iowa Center for Advancement
I serve as a Board Member because I want to help future generations in our community have a fruitful life with positive role models to help reach their full potential.

Brittnee Schneider
Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, Council Liaison