Leadership

We value teamwork.

Executive Team


Linda Henecke

President & CEO

Linda has been leading the agency since 1995. During that time she has transformed the agency, building capacity for unprecedented growth in the number of children served and the funding to support those relationships. The program has grown from serving less than 200 children. This has made a lasting impact not only on children’s lives, but also on volunteers and the community.

Linda’s commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters is unquestionable, with nearly 25 years of participation. Before becoming President & CEO she served on the Board of Directors and got her start as a Big Sister to Mindy. That friendship continues to develop after all these years. Subsequently, Linda has mentored four children and truly understands the impact of one-to-one friendships.

Katie Grandgeorge

Operations Director

Katie joined the agency as the Operations Director in 2013. She is a Cedar Rapids native, who received her Bachelor’s degree in Management from Iowa State University. Katie leads our Human Resources, Finance, IT and Operations department.  Previous to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Katie was the Business Office Manager at Stratford Nursing and Rehab Center in Stratford, IA.  
 
She is excited to be working for Big Brothers Big Sisters, since she grew up knowing the agency from her family members being Bigs, being in a couples match and participating in Bowl For Kids’ Sake. Since returning to the area, Katie with her husband Curt and two sons enjoy exploring all the Corridor has to offer!

Erin Koehn

Program Director

Erin was appointed to Program Director in 2018. She has been connected to the agency since 2003. First, she served as a Big matched with Moriah for nine years until her graduation, then joining our team as a Match Support Specialist in 2007, and most recently a Supervisor since 2013.

Board of Directors

 

JO FOSTER
President
Central State Bank

DR. CARLOS GRANT
Vice President
Cedar Rapids Community School District

LAURIE WAHLHET
Secretary
US Bank
 

TRAVIS FELL
Treasurer
RSM US LLP

 

JILL BREITBACH
Alliant Energy

 

RYAN FITZPATRICK
GLD Commercial Real Estate Advisors

 

STEVE GOEDKEN
GreatAmerica Financial Services

 

LINDSEY GREENZWEIG
Linn Area Credit Union

 

RYAN GREKOFF
MercyCare Community Physicians, Inc.

 

DAMON HINES
Rockwell Collins

 

RICH LOY
Hills Bank & Trust

 

GRANT LUEBE
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust

 

JUSTIN MCDONALD
UnityPoint Health-St. Luke’s

 

FRED PAULSEN
CliftonLarsonAllen

TRAVIS PEKNY
Hy-Vee

KRISTEN SHAFFER
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll

TOM STANCZYK
Rockwell Collins

CHARLOTTE TIMMER
Transamerica


BRIAN WHITE
General Mills