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 Executive Director for the agency. Sue has over 26 years of experience in the Social Service profession and holds degrees from Judson College and Bessemer Technical College. In addition, Sue serves on the Governor’s Office Serve Alabama Commission, serves on the Board of Directors for Legal AID, serves on the CAP Board of Directors, member of The Women's Network, member of the Birmingham Children's Policy Council, and is a member of the National Professional Association of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America. She is also the current Treasurer of the Big Brothers Big Sisters State Association.
Vice President of Programs
Brian has over seventeen years of experience working in the Greater Birmingham nonprofit sector. Prior to coming to BBBS he served as the Dean of Counseling and Residential Life at Indian Springs School. Before that he served as the Associate Director of The Amelia Center at Children's of Alabama, a place of hope for grieving children, parents and families. He has been active in civic leadership, serving as the Governor of the Alabama District of Kiwanis International during the organization's centennial year.
Brian is a Licensed professional Counselor and Supervising Counselor in Alabama, as well as a National Certified Counselor. He has presented on a variety of topics focused on children and adolescents locally, statewide and in national forums.
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 in 2008 with a degree in Human Resource Management. Jessica has a long history in the non-profit sector. Prior to joining BBBS, Jessica worked with the Gift of Life Foundation in Montgomery, as the Director of Growing Our Own Youth and before that she was a Prevention Educator with the Family Sunshine Center in Montgomery. Jessica is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Public Relations Council of Alabama. She is married to her husband, Chris, and they have two sons, Hutton and Mills.
Director of Public Relations & Marketing
Brooke McKinley serves as the Director of Public Relations & Marketing. She started 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. Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters Brooke worked as the Development & Community Engagement Coordinator at the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama. She has a passion for working in the nonprofit sector and enjoys helping improve the community around her.
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.
School-Based Mentoring Specialist
Candace received a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Alabama. She has worked with three different Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies over the past 15 years. Prior to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Candace worked with mentally ill adults and juvenile sex offenders as a Case manager. Candace is currently a Big Sister in the School Based program and a former Big Sister in the Community Based Program to a Little Sister for five years.
Proof Positive Coordinator
Stacey Miles serves as Proof Positive Coordinator/Match Support Specialist for 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 earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Elementary Education. She also brings extensive knowledge of the non-profit sector after serving in volunteer management for Girl Scouts of North-Central Alabama. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Eleventh Area of Alabama Opportunity Action Committee for Shelby and Chilton Counties. Stacey is married to Jason and they have a son, Jack.
School-Based Program Director
Kiranda Robbins-Watts is a Match Support Specialist and handles enrollment for Big Brothers Big Sisters in the School-Based Program. 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.
Enrollment & Matching Specialist
Nicole Hall is an Enrollment and Matching Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She was an intern with BBBS and has been with the agency since December 2011. She is a graduate from the University of Montevallo where she majored in Child and Family Studies holds a Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Alabama. She is licensed as a LGSW for the state of Alabama. During her spare time, Nicole likes couponing with her husband, shopping, and spending time with her family.
Enrollment & Matching Specialist
Rachel Fisher is an Enrollment and Matching Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Rachel is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work. She is also licensed as a LGSW for the state of Alabama. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with friends and family, going to concerts, reading, and drinking coffee.
Match Support Specialist
Blake Dimick is a very high energy and dedicated individual who enjoys the challenges and even greater rewards of being a Mentoring Coordinator. Blake has also been a Big Brother since October of 2008 and after graduating Cum Laude from the University of Montevallo in 2011 in Psychology and Human Services, Blake continues to bring that same passion and dedication to the workplace. When he's not at work, you can either find him skateboarding, fishing, hanging out with his little, or occasionally hunting.
GEAR UP Mentoring Specialist
Emily Herring is the GEAR UP Mentoring Specialist for the school-based program at Big Brothers Big Sisters. She received her undergraduate degree in Social Work from Auburn University, and she is licensed as an LBSW in the state of Alabama. Prior to joining BBBS, Emily worked with children in therapeutic foster care. In her free time, Emily enjoys volunteering in the community, being outdoors, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.
Sammy Schiffman is a Mentoring specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sammy graduated in 2015 from the University of Montevallo with a bachelor’s degree in Social work and a minor in business. A lifelong resident of Alabama, he enjoys spending his time hiking, exploring new places, and spending time with his friends in Birmingham.
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.