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. Katie leads our Operations department and Bowl for Kids Sake event. Katie is passionate about supporting not only Big Brothers Big Sister's mission, but also creating a great place to work! The agency has won the CBJ's "Coolest Place to Work" in 2015, 2017 and 2020! She enjoys updating technology and processes that support our mentoring mission.

Katie recently became matched for a second time in our site based program. Outside of work, she enjoys getting out in the community and spending time with her husband and three young kids.

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.

Becky Robinson

Development Director

Becky became the Development Director at Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2019. She has been involved with the agency since 2018 when she was matched as a Big with her Little Kylee. Becky was born and raised in Cedar Rapids, IA and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies with a Leadership Certificate at The University of Iowa.

Becky is passionate about the BBBS mission and is excited to use her Cedar Rapids roots to deeper connect the BBBS mission to our community. She hopes to use her fundraising, marketing, and events background to find new and innovative ways to help kids in our community 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
 

DAVID DROESSLER
Treasurer
RSM US


BRANDON BESONG
TrueNorth

HAYLEIGH BOARDMAN
Shuttleworth and Ingersoll


WENDI CIGRAND
Alliant Energy


LINDSEY GREENZWEIG
Transamerica


MICHAEL KAUFMANN
Simmons Perrine Moyer Bermann PLC 

NATHAN KOOKER
Lynch Dallas PC

JEAN OCHORO-AYOKI
Mercy Medical Center


JOSH STREETS
Scoreboard Group

BRIAN WHITE
General Mills


MEGAN WOLTER
Advancement Resources


ELLIE ZITTERGRUEN
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust