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,
- CEO of the year Runner up Award presented 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.
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 the seven years, and has a passion for helping improve the community around her. She is a member of the Public Relations Council of Alabama and the Birmingham chapter of Young Nonprofit Professionals. She volunteers as a Big Sister and has been matched with her Little Sister Britney for one year. She lives in Alabaster with her husband Evan and their cat, Posey.
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.
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.
Enrollment & Matching Specialist
Rachel Fisher is an Enrollment and Matching Specialist for Big Brothers Big Sisters. In this role, she has the joy of introducing volunteers to their Little Brother or Sister for the first time. Rachel is a Birmingham native and has been with BBBS since September 2014. She is a graduate of the University of Alabama where she received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Social Work, and is a state licensed LMSW. In her free time, Rachel enjoys exploring Birmingham with her husband and dog, reading, spending time with family and friends, and attending local events.
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.
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.
Bount County Matching & Enrollment Coordinator
Shelby County Program Coordinator
Barbara Ann Lewis
Walker County Program Coordinator
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.