Our History

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) of Greater Rochester has served a five county region of Upstate New York for the past 34 years. Following the racial riots of the 1960's, a group of African American women decided their children needed male role models. They founded the agency known as Rochester Community Involvement. At about the same time, a parallel organization was developed to work with youngsters on probation. This organization was known as Volunteers in Partnership. As these agencies developed and grew, the common ground, children matched with volunteers became evident to funders. Local funders recommended that the agencies merge to insure financial security and avoid duplication of services. The joining of those two agencies by United Way did just that. The merger took place in 1978 and the agency became known as Community Partners for Youth, Inc. In 1981, the merged organization became affiliated with the national organization of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.

Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) is a national non-profit organization that started in 1904 to combat the rising tide of juvenile delinquency and the increase of children coming before the courts. Since then, Big Brothers Big Sisters expanded services to help children across the country and abroad. BBBS is the nation's oldest and largest youth mentoring organization. Programs in all 50 states match kids with mentors who provide meaningful friendships, helping children reach their full potential and fulfill their dreams.

Today our agency serves a diverse population with 50% residing in the city and 50% residing in surrounding counties. Our children primarily come from single-parent families headed by a female. Currently, over 600 youth receive services in Ontario, Monroe, Yates, Livingston and Wayne County.

BBBS serves over 900 youth each year through its programming. is funded through private gifts, grants, and special events.

Our Team

We are here to help you start something!

From 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.

Kate Bonno

Kate Bonno
Volunteer Recruitment and Enrollment Coordinator

klabbe@bbbsr.org

585-474-9474

Tina Christensen

Tina Christensen
Executive Director

tchristensen@bbbsr.org

Yesenia Fonseca

Yesenia Fonseca
Office Assistant

yfonseca@bbbsr.org

Eboni Henderson

Eboni Henderson
Operations Manager

ehenderson@bbbsr.org

Allison Hildebrandt

Allison Hildebrandt
School and College Based Match Coordinator

ahildebrandt@bbbsr.org

315-719-1817

Dorothy Kelley

Dorothy Kelley
Development Officer

dkelley@bbbsr.org

585-481-4477

Lisa Mattoon

Lisa Mattoon
School Match Coordinator

lmattoon@bbbsr.org

315-576-1475

Magaly Rosario

Magaly Rosario
Program Manager

mrosario@bbbsr.org

585-469-3413

Lisa Sweeney

Lisa Sweeney
Match Coordinator

lsweeney@bbbsr.org

315-719-4869

Ann Vodacek

Ann Vodacek
Program Director

avodacek@bbbsr.org

585-704-6159

Our Leaders

Board of Directors

Leading us in the right direction

Connor Holly
Board President
Sage Rutty, Inc.

Paul Sylvestri
 Board Vice President
Harter, Secrest and Emory

Timothy Muck
Board Treasurer
Lacy Katzen, LLP

Aaron Mills
Secretary
Owner - Perinton Hills,LLC

Jesse Allen
Community Volunteer
Past President Graduate Chapter Alpha Phi Alpha

Janet Dreitlein
CP Rochester

Casey Fitzgerald
JP Morgan Chase Bank

Connor Holly

Andrea Johnson
Executive Network Manager - MagnaCare

Javier Quintana
Vice President - Canandaigua Bank

Anthony Smith
General Motors

Dawn VanDamme
President and CEO – NimbleUser

Charlie Knittle

Chris Cimini

Bob Bartalone