About Us


Changing Perspectives Changing Lives

Big Brothers Big Sisters helps children realize their potential and build their futures. We nurture children and strengthen communities. And we couldn’t do any of it without you.

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor- and volunteer-supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 7 through 18, in communities across the country. We develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Since 1972, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been providing mentors (Bigs) for children (Littles) in this region. Today, we serve more than 1,500 children in MecklenburgCabarrus and York Counties, through traditional community- and school-based mentoring and innovative specialty programs that connect caring adults with local children in meaningful one-to-one relationships.

Our Mission

To create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.

Our Vision

All youth achieve their full potential

Our Commitment

To Empower Potential



Big Brothers Big Sisters of America Founded in 1904


For more than a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters has been helping change kids’ perspectives and giving them the opportunity to reach their potential. And we have more than a century of volunteers, donors, and advocates just like you to thank.

It all started in 1904, when a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter was seeing more and more boys come through his courtroom. He recognized that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble, and he set out to find volunteers. That marked the beginning of the Big Brothers movement.

More than 100 years later, Big Brothers Big Sisters remains true to our founders’ vision of bringing caring role models into the lives of children. And, today, Big Brothers Big Sisters currently operates in all 50 states—and in 12 countries around the world.


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Helping Children Achieve Success Since 1972


Founded in 1972, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. We currently serve more than 1,500 children each year in Mecklenburg, Cabarrus and York counties.

By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community, we are accoutnable for each child in our program achieving:

  • Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
  • Educational Success

Big Brothers Big Sisters effectively improves the lives of youth and deeply engages communities through involvement with families, mentors, community funders, schools and other partners. Our proven methodology for serving children through one-to-one mentoring relationships produces measurable positive outcomes in the areas of:

  • Educational success
  • Avoidance of risky behaviors
  • Socio-economic competence

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Donna Y. Dunlap
Chief Executive Officer
Email  | 704.910.1301 x1007

Donna has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters since February of 2016. She has a wealth of business experience from a highly successful 34-year career, serving in leadership roles with XEROX and Microsoft. She has served on several local, non-profit boards: The Fletcher School/The Rankin Institute, YWCA Central Carolinas, Girl Scouts Hornet’s Nest Council and the Levine Museum. Donna is a graduate of Leadership Charlotte.

Donna, the daughter of educators, has a family legacy with Big Brothers Big Sisters; her mother was a Big Sister and her father was actively engaged in the community assisting children facing adversity. She serves as a Big Sister herself and has a passion for improving the lives of children in the Central Carolinas.

Dorothy Cathey

Director of HR and Operations

Email | 704.910.1301 x1000

Connie Rheinecker

Area Director, Cabarrus County

Email | 704.305.3411

Donna Davis

Major Gifts Officer

Email | 646.708.1409

Stephanie Cummins

Vice President of Programs

Email | 704.910.1301 x1048


Leading Us in the Right Direction

The Board of Directors at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas provides financial and strategic support and guidance to further the organization’s mission and vision. The board is a diverse, compassionate and dedicated group of individuals willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better, forever. Many board members currently volunteer or have previously volunteered as Bigs.



Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas
2020 – 2021 Board of Directors

Donna Julian, Chair
Hornets Sports & Entertainment

Rich Jones, Treasurer
The Zabel Companies

Ruth Krystopolski, Vice Chair
Atrium Health

Ghazale Johnston, Secretary

Kelly Adkisson

Molly Aiken
Cabarrus Leadership Council / Adobe

Jennifer Flynn
Ally Finacial

Rodney Gaddy
Retired – Duke/Nonprofit CEO

Karyn Godsman
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Herb Grey
Life Enhancement Services, LLC

Ben Guffey
Bank of America 


Robert E. Hoffman
Atrium Health

Rick Herrera
Progreso Hispano Media Group

Yolanda Johnson
SB&J Enterprises, Inc.

Cheslie Kryst
Sabbatical /  Miss USA 2019

Carolyn Loudenslager
Sabbatical / RV

Gail A. McHugh
Forge Communications

Desiree Miller
Nurse / Business Owner 

Kenneth Oglesby
Fifth Third Bank

Novant Health

Katherine Ring
LPL Financial LLC

Rochelle Rivas
Conmmunity Volunteer

Douglas M. Smith
Local First Bank

Brent Sparks

Bernie Washington 
Novant Health