Bowling Green, KY – Three faculty members from the WKU College of Health and Human Services have been chosen to serve on the Board of Directors for Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky. Dr. Amy Cappiccie and Dr. Jay Gabbard, from the Department of Social Work, as well as Dr. Brad Stinnett from the School of Kinesiology, Recreation & Sport were recently elected for board service.
Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been serving South Central Kentucky for the past 41 years and is the nation’s largest and oldest youth mentoring organization. The mission of BBBS is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
“It is truly a pleasure to be involved in such an integral program in Bowling Green,” stated Cappiccie. “I’ve had many clients who benefited greatly from the support and encouragement by a big brother or big sister. Changing young people’s lives impacts not only the identified child, but the child’s family as well and strengthens our community as a whole.”
Both Cappicie and Gabbard began a two-year term in June. “It is truly an honor to serve on the Board of Directors for BBBS of South Central Kentucky,” noted Gabbard. “I was a big brother in college and saw the positive impact it had on my little brother as well as how the experience significantly enriched my own life.”
Stinnett, who is beginning his third year of service on the board, has been involved in a number of capacities, including a “big” in the school-based program and most recently as President of the Board of Directors. Regarding his thoughts on the agency, Stinnett said “I have tremendous respect for this organization and have witnessed first hand the difference it has made in lives of many children. Collaborating with the agency staff, board of directors, volunteers, and community partners makes my service an enjoyable and rewarding experience.”
The agency’s CEO, Susan Waggoner, is appreciative of the service from members of the WKU community. “Although all of our volunteers and supporters are greatly appreciated, the Board of Directors truly serves as the lifeline of the agency.” Waggoner stated. “It is a privilege to currently have three outstanding WKU staff members serve on the Board of Directors. Through Amy, Jay and Brad’s involvement in the agency and its mission, we hope to have a stronger presence and partnership within the College of Health and Human Services and on the WKU campus.”
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Central Kentucky, including service opportunities, call 270-781-1180, visit www.bbbsky.com and the agency social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.