Leadership

We value teamwork.

Executive Team


Linda Henecke

President & CEO

Linda has been leading the agency since 1995. During that time she has transformed the agency, building capacity for unprecedented growth in the number of children served and the funding to support those relationships. The program has grown from serving less than 200 children. This has made a lasting impact not only on children’s lives, but also on volunteers and the community.

Linda’s commitment to Big Brothers Big Sisters is unquestionable, with nearly 25 years of participation. Before becoming President & CEO she served on the Board of Directors and got her start as a Big Sister to Mindy. That friendship continues to develop after all these years. Subsequently, Linda has mentored four children and truly understands the impact of one-to-one friendships.

Katie Grandgeorge

Operations Director

Katie joined the agency as the Operations Director in 2013. She is a Cedar Rapids native, who received her Bachelor’s degree in Management from Iowa State University. Katie leads our Human Resources, Finance, IT and Operations department.  Previous to Big Brothers Big Sisters, Katie was the Business Office Manager at Stratford Nursing and Rehab Center in Stratford, IA.  
 
She is excited to be working for Big Brothers Big Sisters, since she grew up knowing the agency from her family members being Bigs, being in a couples match and participating in Bowl For Kids’ Sake. Since returning to the area, Katie with her husband Curt and two sons enjoy exploring all the Corridor has to offer!

Erin Koehn

Program Director

Erin was appointed to Program Director in 2018. She has been connected to the agency since 2003. First, she served as a Big matched with Moriah for nine years until her graduation, then joining our team as a Match Support Specialist in 2007, and most recently a Supervisor since 2013.

Julie Coppock

Development Director

Julie joined BBBS as the Development Director in 2018. She has lived in the Cedar Rapids area since 1989 and has over 25 years of fundraising and marketing experience in education, human services, and the arts. Julie has a Bachelor’s degree from Buena Vista College and an MBA from the University of Northern Iowa. She is excited to use her fundraising skills and relationships in the community to help further the work of Big Brothers Big Sisters striving to help kids reach their greatest potential.

Board of Directors

 

RICH LOY
President
Hills Bank & Trust

STEVE GOEDKEN
Vice President
GreatAmerica Financial Services

LAURIE WAHLHET
Secretary
US Bank
 

FRED PAULSEN
Treasurer
CliftonAllenLarson


BRANDON BESONG
TrueNorth


WENDI CIGRAND
Alliant Energy


DAVID DROESSLER
RSM US


RYAN FITZPATRICK
Cushman & Wakefield

 

LINDSEY GREENZWEIG
Transamerica

 

DAMON HINES
Collins Aerospace

 

JUSTIN MCDONALD
Unity Point Health - St. Lukes

 

TRAVIS PEKNY
Hy-Vee


KRISTY RYAN
AW Welt Ambrisco Insurance Inc. 

KRISTEN SHAFFER
Shuttleworth & Ingersoll


BRIAN WHITE
General Mills


MEGAN WOLTER
Advancement Resources