We have some pretty amazing folks throughout Northeastern Wisconsin working tirelessly to provide the very best personal and professional attention, from enrolling your child in one of our programs all the way through becoming a “BIG” Brother or “BIG” Sister mentor, and beyond. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeastern Wisconsin Staff and Board of Directors are local professionals with a deep passion for the future success of our community youth. We all understand firsthand how volunteering and mentors can truly change lives. Not only are we dedicated to making a lifelong impact, but we’re also a pretty cool bunch.
“So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.” ~Gaston Bachelard
Hi there! I’m Katie Hess. Thank you for visiting us today. I love the work we do at Big Brothers Big Sisters and my hope is that all children have the opportunity to reach their fullest potential. One of my favorite quotes is “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Our team in the office and out in the community exemplifies this quote every day. I hope you’ll join us.
Whew! Who knew 20+ years ago when I applied for a position with BBBS, I’d still be here! I’m proud to be working with so many people making such a big difference in the lives of so many young people. While my position doesn’t give me the opportunity to work directly with the kids in our program, I take pride in knowing my administrative and fundraising duties play an important role in the success of our program.
“We should always have three friends in our lives — one who walks ahead who we look up to and we follow; one who walks beside us, who is with us every step of our journeys; and then, one who we reach back for and we bring along after we’ve cleared the way.” – Michelle Obama
Hello Everyone, my name is Alyssa! My natural passion to serve the compassionate and impactful mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters enables me to honestly say TGIM (Thank God It’s Monday) with as much enthusiasm as TGIF! Children’s hearts and honesty inspire me to give my very best for them each week in my work for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Outside of the “work week”, I treasure fun-filled, heartwarming time with my family and friends, adventures amidst nature and regrettably, fried foods; and my favorite color is green – the color in the center of the rainbow, representing “balance”. Words I live by, “trust the journey you are given, and to always remember to have fun along the way.
I have been with BBBS for over two decades. I have truly enjoyed working with matches over the years, and I continue to be inspired by how what I am doing impacts lives. Though being Program Director has taken me out of direct service with matches, I still often run into the matches I worked with years ago when I am out and about in the community and when I am at REACH activities. However, now some of the Littles are over 30 and some of the Bigs are over 50. It is wonderful to see a relationship I helped to start over 20 years ago still going strong! I graduated from UWGB with a degree in Social Work and I currently live in the Green Bay Metro area with my husband, children, dog, cat, and two birds.
After spending years in banking and sales it was time to so something fun! Luckily, 15 years ago, I was able to be part of a team working with kids and giving something back. Being in Administration and more recently Match Support, every day is different and brings something new!
To be part of and see some of the happiness our Program brings to our matches, and families, is worth it and gives hope for another day and another child. Outside of work I’m either reading, traveling, spending time outdoors or hanging with a house full of cats and dogs! So if you’re looking to put some fun into your life, give me a call and we’ll show you what Big Brothers Big Sisters is all about!
Most people in Door County know me as “Mrs. O’R.” After a long career as a music teacher and youth orchestra conductor, I moved to Door County with my husband, Patrick, in 1999. All of our children are four-legged. I missed working with kids, and became a substitute teacher who was called almost daily, primarily by Southern Door, the school district closest to my home in rural Kolberg. My background is in education and connection to the school was a perfect fit when Big Brothers Big Sisters expanded into Door County with their school-based program at Southern Door in 2012. I’m currently the Program Coordinator for the entire county, and passionate about my work, and the challenge of finding just the right Big for every Little. It is rumored that I bleed purple, the color of the BBBS logo, and that I turn into The Wicked Witch of Kolberg for a school fundraiser every October. My bucket list includes Cajun dancing in New Orleans and scoring 500 points in Scrabble.
Hello! My name is Kim Solboe. I have been working for Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Match Support Specialist since November of 2013. I’m proud to work for such an incredible organization that focuses on helping youth right here in our community. I love seeing firsthand the positive impact mentoring can have on our Littles. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, running, snowshoeing and spending time with my fiancé Scott and our cat Ollie!
I was introduced to youth mentoring about 21 years ago when I landed a job as the director of a small “start up” mentoring program in northern Minnesota. I was hooked from day one. I loved helping the program grow and matching children with adults who really wanted to make a difference for the next generation. While running that mentoring program, my husband and I also owned and operated a small family resort about 45 minutes north of Grand Rapids, MN. After a 20 year stint (and loving that business as well), we sold the resort and decided to move to Green Bay since we both had roots in Wisconsin. That was in early 2014. I feel blessed that a position opened up at Big Brothers Big Sisters that summer. When I’m not making matches, my favorite “free time” activities are walking with my yellow lab Bailey and reading great fiction.
I started working at Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2004. I have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people with a desire to mentor children in our community. I have also had the privilege to see the benefit a mentor can have on a child. My job is to build friendships and I have enjoyed watching them flourish over the years. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my husband, daughter and dog. We enjoy talking walks, swimming and participating in community activities.