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.


The 1960's

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.


In 1981

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 of America (BBBSA) 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.


BBBSR (Big Brothers Big Sister of Greater Rochester)

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.

BBBSR 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




Mary Z. Bruno
Match Coordinator



Tina Christensen

Tina Christensen
Executive Director



Laurie Colasurdo



Yesenia Fonseca

Yesenia Fonesca
Office Assistant




Floyd Gibson Jr.
Match Coordinator



Rachael - OFFICIAL

Rachael Gochenaur
Special Events Coordinator



Dorothy - OFFICIAL

Dorothy Kelley
Development Officer



Lisa Mattoon

Lisa Mattoon
Program Director



Magaly Rosario

Magaly Rosario
Program Manager



Lisa Sweeney

Lisa Sweeney
Match Coordinator



Our Leaders

Board of Directors

Leading us in the right direction

Connor Holly
Board President
Financial Advisor - Sage Rutty, Inc.

Paul Sylvestri
 Board Vice President
Harter, Secrest and Emory

Jesse Allen
Community Volunteer
Past President Graduate Chapter Alpha Phi Alpha

Timothy Muck
Board Treasurer
Lacy Katzen, LLP

Bob Bartalone

  Regional Sales Manager - Dr. Pepper Snapple

John Balduzzi

CEO - Balduzzi Group

Chris Cimini

CFO - Buckingham Properties

Casey Fitzgerald

Commercial Banker - JP Morgan Chase Bank

Charlie Knittle

 Corporate Controller - Royal Oak Trust

Andrea Miller

Stacie Muldoon
Director of Marketing  - Mengel Metzger and Barr

Javier Quintana
Vice President - Canandaigua National Bank

Anthony Smith
Product Engineer Manager - General Motors

Kevin Tehan

Senior Benefits Consultant - Lawley Insurance

Dawn VanDamme
President and CEO - NimbleUser