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

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

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

Leadership Team

Claudia Aldana Robles

Claudia Aldana Robles

Director of Community Mentoring Programs

Bilingual (858) 746-9145

Kelly Jensen

Kelly Jensen

Director of Site-Based Mentoring

(858) 746-9189

Mariela Nuza Cohen

Mariela Nuza Cohen

Senior Program Manager

(858) 746-9146

Edith Sanchez-Cruz

Edith Sanchez-Cruz

Senior Program Manager of MSS and Special Initiatives

(858) 746-9170

Mary Tucci

Mary Tucci

Facilities & Administration Manager

(858) 746-9154


Marketing, Development and Administrative Team

Rachel Gomes

Rachel Gomes

Donor Relations Coordinator

(858) 746-9153

Karissa Wilburn

Karissa Wilburn

Events & Marketing Specialist

(858) 746-9163

Rebecca Zacharda

Rebecca Zacharda

Senior Accountant

(858) 746-9164


Program Team

Jeanette Aldana-Perry

Jeanette Aldana-Perry

Enrollment & Matching Specialist

(858) 746-9187

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

Miriam Davis

Miriam Davis

Match Support Specialist

(619) 987-1412

Denise Del Cid Parada

Denise Del Cid Parada

Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9191

Rachel Fischel

Rachel Fischel

Site 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

Site Coordinator

(858) 746-9120

Cheryl Macias

Cheryl Macias

Site 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

Mariana Mendez-Casanova

Mariana Mendez-Casanova

Program Specialist

(858) 746-9188

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

Vallie Rangel

Vallie Rangel

Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9115

Sally Sa

Sally Sa

Enrollment Assistant Intern

(858) 746-9166

Melissa Serrano

Melissa Serrano

Lead Match Support Specialist

(858) 746-9157

Kevin Stewart

Kevin Stewart

Site Coordinator

(858) 746-9178

Brenda Suarez

Brenda Suarez

Customer Relations Specialist

(858) 746-9128

Emily Velazquez-Roth

Emily Velazquez-Roth

Enrollment & Matching Specialist

(858) 746-9161

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