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Lorain Big Brothers-Big Sisters seeks New Leadership

By La Prensa Staff

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County is seeking a new president and chief executive officer, despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. That is possible, because the nonprofit organization’s board engaged the services of HR On Call, Inc., an executive search firm to seek candidates interested in assuming the leadership post going forward.

“Their preference is to find someone in the Lorain County area,” said Tom Herlevi of HR On Call. “They’re also interested in, given the makeup of the community, they also want to be sure to consider any candidates from the Latino community.”

Long-time president and CEO Orlando Grant left the organization last year to pursue an opportunity elsewhere, according to Herlevi. Since then, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County has operated under the temporary leadership of interim co-executive directors.

“You’d be running an organization committed to the children in the community, so you’d have to understand the community needs, be somebody who likes working with programs for children,” said Herlevi. “They also have to be a leader who has a strong financial background, interested in getting involved in the community, and good from a leadership perspective.”

Whomever assumes the mantel of leadership will have to guide Big Brothers Big Sisters of Lorain County out of the troubled waters of the coronavirus. The nonprofit last week moved its

mentoring programs to web-based activities and suspend face-to-face mentorship activities. Instead, mentorship is taking place virtually by telephone, smartphone, social platforms and video conferencing.

In addition, Big Brothers Big Sisters staff has worked hard to reach out to every student, mentor, and guardian “to provide emotional support, to provide guidance for building match relationships in new ways, and to connect families in need with resources like rent assistance and food delivery, according to a message on the nonprofit’s website.

“In addition, COVID-19 is now threatening important upcoming fundraisers that are vital to supporting the mission,” read the online statement.

Restarting the school-based, afterschool, and community programs, as well as making up for possible lost funding will be the responsibility of that new president/CEO. The nonprofit’s board hopes to have a list of candidates by the end of April to begin interviewing via technology if the coronavirus pandemic persists, according to Helevi.

“It could be a fit for someone who has run another community organization like this,” he said.  “It could be somebody who is wanting to get that kind of an opportunity and hasn’t so far in their career. It could also be an excellent opportunity for somebody later in their career.”


Big Brothers Big Sisters matches adult role models with youth for fun and friendship in enduring one-to-one mentoring relationships. The Lorain County chapter serves more than 300 children ages 6 to 18 and their families. The organization last year celebrated its 25th anniversary, starting in 1994 as an outgrowth of a Leadership Lorain County class.


The chapter served 326 children last year, with 145 in the community-based and 181 in the school-based programs. In total, the chapter has impacted over 6,000 children in Lorain County.

Any interested candidates are urged to email a résumé with salary history to hroncall@att.net.




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