We work hard to ensure that the children we serve have strong and professionally supported matches.
Staff and Leadership
Chief Executive Officer
Sue Johnson is the Chief Executive Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters and has been associated with the agency since 1991. Wearing many hats for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Sue has served as Program Director, Board member and has served as Executive Director for the agency since 1999. Sue has over 27 years of experience in the Social Service profession and holds a Social Work Degree from Judson College and a Landscape Design and Horticulture degree from Bessemer Technical College.
Governors’ Bob Riley, Robert Bentley and Kay Ivy have consecutively appointed Sue, to serve as a State Commissioner on the Serve Alabama Commission. She currently serves as Board President for CAP(City Action Partnership), and is past President of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alabama State Association where she currently serves as Treasurer. She is a past Board member for Legal AID, past Board member for Mentor Alabama, is a current member of The Women's Network, a member of the Birmingham Children's Policy Council, and is a member of the National Professional Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America.
Under her leadership Big Brothers Big Sisters has been named Non-Profit of the Year in 2011 and 2013 by the Birmingham Business Alliance. Additional awards presented to the agency include:
- Children’s Advocate Award presented by Childcare Resources,
- The Tweety Lassiker Award presented by Hand In Paw,
- Named CEO of the year by Birmingham Business Journal
- Gold Standard Award presented by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America
- Parent’s Choice Award presented by Birmingham Business Alliance
- Alfred P. Sloan award for Business – Excellence in workplace flexibility
Sue and her husband Jimmy co-own Dog Days of Birmingham and in her spare time she likes to read, landscape and garden in her yard, play with her three dogs and 4 grandchildren, spend time on Smith Lake and travel with her husband.
Shannon Belmont is the Office Manager of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham, where she ensures the daily operations run smoothly. Since she joined the agency in 2005, she maintains accounts payable, accounts receivable, personnel documentations, meeting minutes, and grant reporting, along with many other duties of the non-profit world. She brought over 10 years of previous office manager skills with her and holds a degree from the University of Alabama in Business Administration.
Shannon has been a resident of the Birmingham Area all of her life, graduating from WA Berry High School. She became a single mom in 2004 and has since dedicated her life to raising her 2 children. She enjoys spending time with her family and pets. Shannon and her 2 children have enjoyed participating in the BBBS Bowl For Kids’ Sake every year as a family to help raise money. Shannon has always had a special love and need for helping others and is very enthusiastic about her job and what the agency does for our community.
Chief Development Officer
Jessica Whatley began serving as the Chief Development Officer in 2015 for Big Brothers Big Sisters after serving as the Director of Public Relations and Marketing from 2013 to 2015. Jessica graduated from Auburn University Montgomery with a degree in Business Administration. Prior to joining BBBS, Jessica worked with the Gift of Life Foundation and the Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery. Jessica is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals currently serves as a Board Member for the Trussville City Schools Foundation. She is married to her husband, Chris, and they have two sons, Hutton and Mills. Jessica has been matched with Little Sister, Kaydn, since 2013.
Kiranda Robbins-Watts serves as the Program Director. She has been with the agency for ten years. She was an intern with BBBS in 2006 and was hired a short time after. She is a graduate from the University of Montevallo where she majored in Child and Family Studies. She has been matched with her Little Sister in the Community-Based program for 7 years. During her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her husband, family, friends, and all of her many pets. She enjoys volunteering, reading, and being outdoors.
Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Brooke McKinley serves as the Director of Public Relations & Marketing. She began working with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham in March of 2015. She is a graduate of the University of Montevallo where she majored in Social Work. She has worked for nonprofits for eight years, and has a passion for helping improve the community around her. She volunteers as a Big Sister and has been matched with her Little Sister Britney for two years. She lives in Alabaster with her husband Evan and their cats, Posey and Fred.
Shelby County Program Director
Kim Egan is the Shelby County Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Kim was previously an Enrollment and Matching Specialist with BBBS for thirteen years. She is a graduate of the University of Montevallo, where she majored in social work and minored in family and child studies. Kim has worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters since June of 2000.
Workplace Mentoring Program Coordinator
Stacey Miles serves as the Coordinator for the Workplace Mentoring Program (Proof Positive) at Big Brothers Big Sisters and has been associated with the agency since 2004. She is a graduate of the University of North Alabama where she received a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Stacey also brings extensive knowledge of the non-profit sector after serving in volunteer management for the Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. Stacey is passionate about Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission and enjoys having a small part in changing a child’s life for the better. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, and being a wife to Jason and a mother to their son.
School Based and GEAR UP Program Director
Nicole Hall is the School Based and GEAR Up Program Director and has been with the agency since 2011. She was an intern with BBBS and was hired a short time after as an Enrollment and Matching Specialist. She is a graduate of the University of Montevallo, where she majored in Child and Family Studies. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama and is licensed as an LMSW for the State of Alabama. She and her husband Danny have two children, Madison and Hilton.
Community-Based Development Specialist
Imma joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in September of 2018. She graduated from Alabama State University with a degree in rehabilitation services. Before joining BBBS, she worked with the Girl Scouts of North Central Alabama as the outreach direct delivery specialist. At BBBS Imma serves as the Community-Based Development Specialist. Part of her responsibilities in this role is matching new Bigs and Littles. She loves being able to help find the perfect Big for a waiting Little. In her free time, she enjoys being “Auntie Emz” to her 4 nieces and 2 nephews.
Andrietta graduated from the Universtiy of Alabama at Birmingham in 2018 with a degree in Community Health and Human Services. Before joining the organization as a Mentoring Specialist, she interned with Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is from Phenix City, AL.
"I enjoy what we do because I get to interact with the community and have a hand in preparing children for their future."
Match Support Specialist
Blake Dimick is a Community Based Match Support Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham. Blake became a Big Brother on October 15th of 2008 and joined the agency as an employee in 2012. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of Montevallo. In his free time, Blake can be found either spending time with his wife or his dog. His hobbies include sneaker collecting, skateboarding, playing bass in the local rock group "American Dream Factory" or hanging out with his Little Brother.
"Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genuis is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent."
- Calvin Coolidge
GEAR UP Mentoring Specialist
Emily Herring is the GEAR UP Mentoring Specialist for the workplace mentoring program at Big Brothers Big Sisters. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Auburn University and her Master’s degree in Social Work from The University of Alabama, and she is licensed as an LMSW in the state of Alabama. Prior to joining BBBS, Emily worked with children in therapeutic foster care. Emily also serves on the junior board of Urban Purpose. In her free time, Emily enjoys volunteering in the community, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Bount County Program Director
Judy Wilemon is the Blount County Program Director for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham. Judy is a graduate of Gadsden State Community College and Christian Brothers University where she attended the Barret School of Banking. She previously worked as a Banker for 15 years and came to work for BBBS in February 2011. Judy served on the Blount County Advisory Council for over a year before coming to work for BBBS. She is married to her husband of 18 years with 4 children that she has adopted and one of her own on the way. She is active in her church, community, and volunteers at her children’s school. In her leisure time, she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.
Bount County Matching & Enrollment Coordinator
Shelby County Mentoring Specialist
Jessica Lewis is the Shelby County Mentoring Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Jessica is a graduate of Samford University where she majored in Counseling. She has worked in the nonprofit sector for over 14 years in many different areas. She and her husband have 4 children. In her leisure time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, photography and the outdoors.
Jen Ivy is the Development Associate at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Birmingham. She graduated from Illinois State University in 2014 and is currently working on a master’s degree in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management at University of Colorado Denver. Prior to joining BBBS, Jen worked as a Loaned Executive for United Way of Central Alabama and served three years in AmeriCorps as an NCCC Team Leader. Jen also serves on the local Young Nonprofit Professional Network board. In her spare time, Jen enjoys reading, traveling, and playing with her dog, Milo.
AmeriCorps VISTA - School-Based Mentoring Specialist
Kierra Thompson serves as an Ameri CorpsVISTA -School Based Specialist at Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is a recent graduate of Tuskegee University where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology. She was recently an early childhood teacher before joining Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has experience working in youth mentoring through the NAACP at Tuskegee University and currently volunteers with a local high school sorority. Kierra is also a Support Specialist at the Aletheia House Women Hope’s location, a residential treatment services for pregnant and postpartum women who are experiencing problems related to drug and alcohol use. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, football games, concerts, and being around family and friends.