We are defenders of potential
Create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth.
That all youth achieve their full potential
Changing Perspectives. Changing Lives.
Partnering to build a world where all children meet their potential
Established in 1975, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region is the region’s premier evidenced-based youth mentoring agency—we make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) in Westmoreland and Fayette counties. There are two program options available, Community-Based and School-Based, that are designed to help develop strong one-to-one relationships, and make a direct and lasting impact on the lives of young children
By partnering with parents/guardians, volunteers, and others in the community we are
accountable for each child in our program achieving:
Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships
Avoidance of risky behaviors
in 2020 big brothers big sisters of the laurel region was named National "agency of the year"
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Or check out this article from GOAL Magazine!
Stephanie Babich Mihleder
Stephanie is an award-winning leader with a background in corporate philanthropy, project management, and client relations.
As a self-proclaimed musical theatre nerd/performer, she loves the opportunity to present this incredible and transformative program
to new audiences. She holds a variety of certifications in
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as well Leadership and the field of Board of Directors and serves on the Board of the Fayette County Communities That Care as well as the Welcoming Westmoreland committee. In 2020 she was selected as one of the top 10 female non-profit leaders in Westmoreland County.
Favorite childhood TV Show: Full House
Tammy holds a degree in Criminal Justice from Westmoreland County Community College and has worked in the non-profit field for most of her career. She has years of experience in casework and a passion for learning and igniting potential. Tammy loves her yellow lab, Samson, and traveling.
Fun Fact: Tammy cannot do headstands.
Favorite childhood TV shows: MacGyver and The X-Files
TEEN/POST-SECONDARY MENTORING COORDINATOR
From Little Sister, to intern, to employee, Kathy knows the benefits of the program from her personal experience. She is not only a great ambassador for the mission, but also the perfect caseworker. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral Health from Seton Hill University where she was awarded
Behavioral Health Graduate of the Year. Kathy grew up and resides in Westmoreland County where she lives with her husband Kevin McCormick and dog Martin.
Fun Fact: Kathy can do headstands.
development and events coordinator
SCHOOL-BASED MENTORING COORDINATOR
Recognizing a need for emotional intelligence curricula, Brittany designed and adapted lessons that evaluate the impact of individual choices, collective discussion, and diverse perspectives to be used school-wide.
She then used these skills, along with a Diversity and Inclusion certification from Cornell University, to build belonging within communities as Welcoming Westmoreland Project Coordinator by creating and implementing trainings around unconscious bias and anti-oppression.
All of these experiences, along with her experience as a Big, culminate to her success at BBBS and her impact here as the School-Based Mentoring Coordinator.
FAYETTE COUNTY COMMUNITY RELATIONS AND MENTORING COORDINATOR
Brittany was born and raised in Uniontown, the heart of Fayette County, where she graduated from Laurel Highlands Highschool. She has always had a passion for working with children and positively impacting their lives. As a former YMCA preschool teacher and community volunteer for Relay for Life, she wanted to unite her interests by working for a nonprofit. In 2021, Brittany was nationally recognized as a Top Performer of her volunteer work with the Relay for Life, in which she now sits as a chairperson.
Kody had found his passion for helping others while operating as a Patient Safety Associate for Excela Health, ensuring patients of all ages posed no threat to themselves or others, before joining Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Laurel Region. He is the first of his family to attend a University and now holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg. He spent his Senior year as an intern with our agency before becoming our newest team member after graduation. While he is a dedicated Latrobe native, he currently resides in Greensburg along with his fiancé Madison and dog Nova.
Fun Fact: Kody rock climbs at a V8 level
Lea has been in social services for most of her professional career working as a job developer to an admissions counselor to a recruiter. She has worked for such Westmoreland County employers such as PA CareerLink and Westmoreland Community College and is a graduate of Seton Hill. In addition to her skills in a variety of fields, she is also a licensed Real Estate agent. She is the mom to a daughter, Giana, and 2 cats. She enjoys baking and cooking in her downtime. She is excited to be part of such a wonderful and welcoming family.
Maddi is from Greensburg, PA, and holds a degree in journalism from Ohio University. After finding passion in community engagement, she completed a year of service through AmeriCorps. She coordinated health programs to promote food justice in Appalachia — specifically, she taught nutrition to second graders and assisted with food distribution in rural communities. She also has experience with youth workforce development. Maddi is passionate about involving people in their communities, especially when it comes to equity, inclusion, and serving children.
Maddi lives in Greensburg with her black cat, Oliver, and several struggling houseplants.
Chief Cuddle Officer
Named after the canine crooner from Animal Crossing, KK provides lots of snuggles and kisses to help the staff through stressful situations. While he doesn’t show up for work everyday and spends most days napping, he has been rated Employee of the Month every month.
Major Cuddle Processor
Nova is mostly remote in our office, but when she stops in, she is everyone’s friend. Following in the paws of KK Slider, she strides to improve the well-being of the staff any way she can.
Fun Fact: Nova gives hugs when needed
board of directors
PRESIDENT & Big Brother
VICE PRESIDENT & Big sister
Accredo Health Group
Mary Beth Atwood,
Norwin School District
Secretary & Big Sister
West Virginia University Medicine
Retired Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
allegheny health network
Hi-Grade Shooters Supply
Independent Corporate Director
fIRST COMMONWEALTH BANK
Supervisor, Substation services
george m. dice,
bbbslr and The BBBSA National Office is committed to, believes in, and affirms justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) for our staff, board, volunteers, youth, and families we serve.