About Us

About Us


Big Brothers Sisters Gulf Coast has been mentoring the youth of Galveston County since 1975. Big Brothers Big Sisters is the oldest and largest one-to-one mentoring organization in the country. The organization celebrated 110 years nationally in 2014. Although we are a member agency of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, we are operated, governed and sustained locally.


The mission of Big Brothers Sisters Gulf Coast is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.




The vision of Big Brothers Big Sisters Gulf Coast is for all children to achieve success in life. By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers and others in Galveston County and eastern Brazoria County, we are accountable for each child in our program achieving higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships. Collectively, we are contributing to better schools, brighter futures and stronger communities for all.

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Board of Directors 2019

D’Lorah Berry, President
Galveston Newspapers, Inc., Business Manager


Mary Dickson, Vice-President


Billy Joe Strawn, Treasurer
Sherwin Williams, Sales Representative


Steven E. Conner, Past President
Regents Management Services, President/CEO


Shannon Burke, Board Secretary
Big Brothers Big Sisters Gulf Coast, Executive Director


Laurie Boeh


Gerald Cleveland


Richard DeVries
Standard Steel Supply, President


Gloria Diaz
Frost Bank, Vice President


Harriet Dues


Stewart Title Co., Director of Marketing

Pamela Hughes Gabriel
Sand ‘N Sea Pirates Beach, Realtor


H. Ross Grief


Nicki Huprich
RE/MAX Leading Edge


Steve Mataro
DSW Homes


Karen Owen
Broadway Drug Store, Pharmacist


Ben Peterek
Gulfside Cleaning Services


Janice Pierson


Marie Robb
Coastal Solutions, Inc.


Bob Senter
Rust-Ewing Insurance


Terri Simpton


Cynthia Smith
Affinity Immediate Care, Public Relations Manager


Brenda Weber

Board Advisory Committee Members


Susan Broll


Chris Delesandri


Michael J. Guarino, II


Carol Kappler


J. Scott Kusnerik


Colleen Laine


Frances Powell


Douglas Rogers


Jim Schweitzer


Marc Shabot


Lindsey White