Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County (BBBS of SDC) announced the appointment of a new CEO/President, S. Wayne Kay, following the retirement of CEO Deborah Condon, after her 8 years of service to the local chapter. Wayne is an accomplished executive with over thirty years’ experience leading a wide range of organizations primarily focused in the healthcare and life science industry. He also has extensive not-for-profit executive and board leadership experience, with an emphasis on youth character and leadership development. Wayne will join the tenured leadership team and a dedicated staff on June 1.
“As a child who benefited from the support of community youth organizations, I have always had a passion for helping ensure other kids are given the opportunity to realize their dreams,” stated Wayne Kay, incoming CEO/President. “I am honored and humbled to assume the CEO position at Big Brothers Big Sisters and I am excited to lead our team in providing even more youth the opportunity to experience impactful, one-to-one mentoring relationships with caring Bigs throughout San Diego County.”
Wayne’s past executive management experiences have been in both entrepreneurial and larger global companies, both private and publicly traded. Wayne most recently served as President, CEO & Director of OncoGenesis, Inc., a cervical cancer screening company in the Silicon Valley. In his non-profit role as Board Chair for the Beta Theta Pi Foundation, he led the raise of more than $40 million for education and leadership development programs in the not-for-profit sector. Wayne also has the distinction of being a Lifetime National Trustee and Pacific Region Past Board Chair of Boys & Girls Club of America. Wayne has a BS in Microbiology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute, a BS in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and an MBA in Management/Finance from Pepperdine University. Wayne and his wife Susan have been married 36 years, both serve in the non-profit sector and reside in Carmel Valley.
“Wayne brings a myriad of executive, volunteer and board leadership experiences,” shared BBBS of SDC Board Chair, Rich Yousko. “His appointment as CEO/President of BBBS of SDC will help us elevate our program to new heights as we seek to expand partnerships and resources to enable us to serve many more children who are facing adversity.”
Big Brothers Big Sisters continues its commitment to provide children with strong and enduring, professionally supported mentoring relationships that lead to positive outcomes for children. Independent research by Public/Private Ventures found that after 18 months of spending time with their volunteer mentors, youths being served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely than their peers to perform better in school, make healthier and safer choices, and have positive interactions with parents. Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Youth Outcomes Survey Report, substantiate that its programs have proven, positive academic, socio-emotional and behavioral outcomes for youth, areas linked to high school graduation, avoidance of juvenile delinquency and college or job readiness.