We are here to start something

Leading us in the right directionFrom our Executive Team to our Board of Directors, 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.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Leadership

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Executive Team

Linda Henecke, President & CEO
Katie Grandgeorge, Operations Director

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 in a year to recently helping 826 children in mentoring friendships! 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 relationships.

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! 

Board of Directors

Tom Stanczyk, President   
Rockwell Collins

Jo Foster , Vice President
Ohnward Bank 

Shelley Sweet, Secretary   
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust

Rob Kane, Treasurer    
Clifton Larson Allen

Jill Breitbach     
Alliant Energy

Dee Crozier     
Nixon Elementary

Matt Doty     
GreatAmerica Financial Services Corp.

Lois Dougherty     
Wells Fargo

Travis Fell     

Damon Hines     
Rockwell Collins

Joel Kasparek     
US Bank

Chris Loftus
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bergman PLC

Justin McDonald     
UnityPoint Health-St. Lukes

Travis Pekny
Hy-Vee Food Stores

Jeanine Penticoff    
Alliant Energy

Kristen Shaffer     
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll

Lesley Vossenkemper     
Ruffalo Noel Levitz

Ryan Grekoff
MercyCare Community Physicians



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