Big Brothers Big Sisters Staff

Leading us in the right direction

Big Brothers Big Sisters staff is a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals, willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.

MAIN OFFICE:
4305 University Ave., Suite 300
 San Diego, CA 92105

Phone: (858) 536-4900
Fax: (858) 536-8255
Careers: HR@SDBigs.org


S. Wayne Kay

S. Wayne Kay

President & CEO

Wayne has 30+ years of experience leading a wide range of organizations primarily focused in the healthcare and life science industry.  His past executive management experiences have been in both entrepreneurial and larger global companies – private and publicly traded. Prior to coming to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wayne served as President, CEO & Director of OncoGenesis, Inc., a cervical cancer screening company in the Silicon Valley.  Wayne has extensive not-for-profit executive and board leadership experience, with an emphasis on youth character and leadership development. As Board Chair for the Beta Theta Pi Foundation, he has led the raise of more than $40 million for education and leadership development programs in the not-for-profit sector. Wayne has the distinction of being a Lifetime National Trustee and Pacific Region Past Board Chair of Boys & Girls Club of America and Board Chairman of the Beta Theta Pi Foundation.  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. He and his wife, Susan, live in Carmel Valley.

(858) 746-9151

Tina Rose

Tina Rose

Vice President of Operations

A San Diego native, Tina brings two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, with a focus on youth serving organizations. Tina independently opened a Foster and Adoption branch office in San Diego, and then conducted all facets of the marketing and recruitment as the office grew. In 2004, she began her career with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County. Tina started working in the Program Department, and in 2005, she became the Marketing Director and continues to use her experience working with volunteers and children to advocate for the need for more caring mentors in San Diego. Tina works diligently with the BBBS Board and the greater community to build awareness of the need for more mentors and funding to support the life-changing programs offered by Big Brother Big Sisters. Tina graduated summa cum laude from Vanguard University and was a scholar athlete, playing four years of collegiate volleyball. Tina is active mentor and community volunteer. She supports various causes, such as the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital NICU, Voices for Children CASA program, Miracle Babies, and Flood Church. Tina and her husband Jeff have two children, Trevor and Laurel.

(858) 746-9117

Claudia Aldana Robles

Claudia Aldana Robles

Director of Community Mentoring Programs

Claudia Aldana Robles is Director of Community Mentoring (CM) Programs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County and joined the team in 2006. She has served in a variety of roles, including working directly with families and volunteers, cultivating partnerships within the community and developing special programs. She helped create and launch the Hermandad initiative and spearheaded several grant-funded projects. Prior to joining the team, Claudia began her career working with child victims of abuse, neglect and abandonment. In her current role, she provides support, guidance, and leadership to the CM Program department. She ensures that all CM programs and initiatives comply with local and national standards. Claudia holds a B.A. in Sociology and Education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Talia Hazard

Talia Hazard

Director of Marketing & Events

Talia came to Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County in May of 2015 and brought with her a decade of non-profit experience. Joining us from Los Angeles, Talia worked for an international educational organization for several years, and previous to that, worked in marketing and recruitment for Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of LA. Talia holds an MBA with a focus on Social Enterprise from Pepperdine University in Malibu and attended UCLA for her Bachelors degree. She lives in South Park with her husband, Anthony.

(858) 746-9116

Kelly Jensen

Kelly Jensen

Director of Site-Based Mentoring

Kelly has an extensive background in youth services and education. She started her career working with youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system in Washington State, and has since served as a care coordinator at a nonprofit children’s hospital, as an outreach counselor with public schools in Sacramento, and as an employment specialist for refugees in San Diego. Kelly started with Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2015 as a Match Support Specialist for the Beyond School Walls Program, and she now oversees all site-based mentoring programs. Kelly holds two Associate Degrees from Tacoma Community College, a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Washington, and a Master’s Degree in Nonprofit Leadership from the University of San Diego. She also has several certifications in physical education, teaching, and Spanish. Kelly is passionate about advocating for youth and underserved populations, health and wellbeing, and participating in cross-cultural and international learning opportunities.

Mariela Nuza Cohen

Mariela Nuza Cohen

Senior Program Manager

Mariela started her career with Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County in July of 2007 as part of the Marketing Department. In 2012, she became a Program Manager and shortly after a Senior Program Manager, overseeing the enrollment and matching of all volunteers and children across the Community Mentoring programs.  Mariela holds a B.A in International Business with an emphasis in Management and Spanish from San Diego State University and has studied abroad in countries like Mexico, Chile and Spain. She also served on the Board of a local non-profit, Amigos de las Americas from 2011-2015.

Edith Sanchez-Cruz

Edith Sanchez-Cruz

Senior Program Manager of MSS and Special Initiatives

Edith learned about BBBS when she was a participant in the program during middle school and experienced first-hand the positive impact a Big Sister can have. Edith began her career at BBBS in 2008 and ascended to the role of Senior Program Manager having had the benefit of prior experience serving in several key programmatic roles within the agency including: Match Support Specialist, Recruitment and Enrollment Specialist and Program Manager of Community Initiatives. In her current role, Edith oversees the Match Support Specialist team and ensures staff follow local and national standards, reviews caseloads and assist with program planning. She also manages the Community Mentoring initiatives such as Bigs in Blue, AYANA, and Hand in Hand and provides support to the program enhancements: Healthy Futures and Big Futures. Edith holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from California State University San Marcos. Edith and her husband Omar and two children, Alejandra and Efrain, are proud City Heights residents who share the passion for soccer and tennis as well as giving back to their community. Edith is committed to creating opportunities for youth through her volunteerism throughout San Diego and serves as a volunteer for College Area Pregnancy Services (CAPS).

Mary Tucci

Mary Tucci

Facilities & Administration Manager

Mary joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County in November of 2007 with over 25 years of experience in administrative management.  As Facilities and Administration Manager, Mary is responsible for board of directors administration, human resource administration and recordkeeping, IT and facilities management.  Prior experience includes working as data control manager for a government funded research program at USC School of Medicine and over 10 years in the environmental management industry in Long Beach and San Diego.  Prior to joining BBBS, she worked as sales administrator and price program manager for Karl Strauss Brewing Company.  Mary attended Long Beach City College, lives in Point Loma, enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family in San Diego and Colorado.

(858) 746-9154

Erin Zlotnik

Erin Zlotnik

Director of Resource Development

Erin Zlotnik is Director of Resource Development at Big Brothers Big Sisters of San Diego County, where she is responsible for major gifts, corporate partnership and foundation relations. Erin started her career as a Development Associate at Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego. Following that, Erin spent twelve years at Random House working in sales and marketing, managing accounts including Disney Stores and other retail chains, developing new business and planning author tours. She worked in development and donor relations roles at Voice of San Diego and the San Diego Public Library Foundation, where she also founded and ran the Library Shop. Erin holds a B.A. in American Literature from University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently enrolled in the Masters in Nonprofit Management program at University of San Diego. She is a member of Rotary Club 33, a graduate of LEAD San Diego and a member of the North County Philanthropy Council board of directors.

(858) 746-9185

Administrative and Development Team

Rachel Gomes

Rachel Gomes

Donor Relations Coordinator

(858) 746-9153

Rebecca Zacharda

Rebecca Zacharda

Senior Accountant

(858) 746-9164


Marketing and Recruitment Team

Ryan Landis

Ryan Landis

Community Outreach Specialist

(858) 746-9109

Karissa Wilburn

Karissa Wilburn

Events & Marketing Specialist

(858) 746-9163


Program Team

Arlyn Aquino

Arlyn Aquino

Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9162

Mae Briseno

Mae Briseno

Lead Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9177

Yiasemah Brunette

Yiasemah Brunette

Lead Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9149

Angelica Cuevas

Angelica Cuevas

Customer Relations Specialist

(858) 746-9128

Miriam Davis

Miriam Davis

Match Support Specialist

(619) 987-1412

Rachel Fischel

Rachel Fischel

Program Coordinator

(858) 746-9184

Megan Hartwell

Megan Hartwell

Operation Bigs Lead

(858) 746-9173

Rocio Herrera

Rocio Herrera

Lead Enrollment & Matching Specialist

(858) 746-9183

Jessica Johnson

Jessica Johnson

Program Coordinator

(858) 746-9120

Cheryl Macias

Cheryl Macias

Program Coordinator

Beyond School Walls (858) 746-9192

Sam Mandler

Sam Mandler

Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9165

Emily McLenachen

Emily McLenachen

Beyond School Walls Lead

(858) 254-4857

Carmina Mireles

Carmina Mireles

Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9191

Desiree Nash

Desiree Nash

Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9175

Teather Nichols

Teather Nichols

Enrollment & Matching Specialist

(858) 746-9150

Ayaris Patino Rodriguez

Ayaris Patino Rodriguez

Match Support Specialist

(858) 863-6230

Melissa Serrano

Melissa Serrano

Lead Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9157

Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart

Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9115

Brenda Suarez

Brenda Suarez

Enrollment & Matching Specialist

(858) 746-9162

Julie Touger

Julie Touger

Enrollment Intern

(858) 746-9174

Emily Velazquez-Roth

Emily Velazquez-Roth

Enrollment & Matching Specialist

(858) 746-9161

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