We value teamwork.
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 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.
Program Development Director
Catherine VanDraska is a licensed social worker with a Master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology, Sociology, and Criminal Justice with an emphasis in Child, Adult, and Family Services from Iowa State University. She comes to Big Brothers Big Sisters with experience in developing and leading youth programs within residential treatment and school based settings. Catherine was drawn to the agency by their mission and dedication for supporting youth within the community that she loves.
Catherine was born and raised in Cedar Rapids and hopes to dedicate her career to assisting at-risk youth within our community achieve their full potential. She looks forward to starting the volunteer acceptance process herself and being matched with a Little. Outside of work, Catherine enjoys going to the movies, being out in nature, running, and spending time with her husband, young daughter and their two dogs.
Board of Directors
GreatAmerica Financial Services
Shuttleworth and Ingersoll
Hills Bank & Trust
Cornerstone Building Brands
UnityPoint Health - St. Luke's
Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust