Leadership

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

Meet the leaders of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks

From our Executive Team to our Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ozarks has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.

Leadership Team

Ashley French, Chief Executive Officer

Ashley started at BBBSO in August, 2016 and brings with her nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience and a passion for serving kids. She most recently served as the Regional Chief Development Officer for the Western Missouri region American Red Cross. Prior to the American Red Cross, Ashley spent 15 years working directly with youth through the Ozarks Regional YMCA where she started as a child care personnel coordinator and ended as the Executive Director of multiple branches in Springfield. Ashley currently serves as Immediate Past President of the Junior League of Springfield and on the Board of Alderman for the City of Strafford. Her past community involvement includes serving on the Board of Directors for CASA and Isabel’s House and serving as a member for the Safe Kids Coalition, Character Ed Collaborative, Safe Place Implementation Committee (Rare Breed), Bancorp South Community Advisory Council, Healthy Living Alliance, and the Impacting Poverty Commission. Ashley is a graduate of Leadership Springfield and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Missouri State University. She is also a member of the 2010 Springfield Business Journal 40 Under 40 and the 2015 20 Most Influential Women classes.

Tyler Moles, Vice President of Financial Development

Tyler started his career as an audio engineer in Nashville, TN. At the age of 24 he earned his first RIAA Certified Platinum record for his work on Josh Turner's album "Your Man". He enjoyed his experience, but his heart yearned for meaning and something more so Tyler and his wife moved back to Springfield, Mo closer to family. Tyler became Director of Development in 2014 and was able to lead the team in breaking revenue records in four major fundraisers consecutively. Tyler's passion for the mission of eliminating poverty in the Ozarks has driven him to find new and creative ways for sustainable revenue options for BBBSO. One of Tyler's most successful programs is the clothing donation program where BBBSO collects and recycles used clothing and uses the proceeds to help kids through out our youth mentoring programs. By optimizing logistics and with the formation of partnerships with other youth serving organizations he's been able to rapidly scale up this sustainable revenue source. When he started at BBBSO the program was only collecting around 15,000 lbs. of donated clothing per month and within a year of Tyler's leadership the program reached over 50,000 lbs. of donated clothing per month. Tyler is also involved with Springfield Sertoma and is a Big Brother to Joseph for the past year and a half.

Chelsea Dykman, Vice President of Programs

Chelsea is a native of mid-Missouri. After graduating from Central Methodist University with a degree in Communications, Chelsea moved to Springfield with her now husband. She was originally placed with the agency through the Volunteers in Service to America program in 2010. After serving her contracted VISTA year, she was offered a full time Case Manager position in 2011. Chelsea also became a Big Sister in 2011 and continued that relationship for close to four years. Being influential in the growth and improvement of the agency’s programs, Chelsea was promoted to Senior Program Specialist in 2014. After developing a leadership role among the staff, she earned the duties and title of Director of Programs in 2016. Chelsea served as a member of FLiP and is on the BBBS Strategic Planning committee. Although not originally from the Ozarks, Chelsea has developed a love for the community, especially it’s children. She is passionate about empowering children and feels that if only one child’s life becomes better because of his or her mentor, then what we do every day is worth it.

Rob Blevins, Vice President of Community Engagement

Rob grew up in Springfield and is intensely passionate for serving children in the Ozarks. He graduated from Kickapoo High School in 2004 and Missouri State University in 2008 with a degree in Professional/Technical Writing and then completed the coursework for a Master’s degree in writing from Missouri State University. While service has always been an integral part of his life (serving on the Board of Directors for Springfield Sertoma Club, co-chairing Wingapalooza, and chairing Cashew Craze and Springfield Prom in his spare time), he made the move to professional do-gooder in 2015 when he accepted the position of Community Relations Coordinator with BBBSO. In his first year with the agency, he jumped in and helped lead a 17% jump in volunteer enrollment. Rob is a proud Big Brother through the Mentoring 101 program, and he is an ardent supporter of nonprofit collaboration, which will frequently find him sharing best practices as a presenter at nonprofit conference across the Midwest.

Executive Committee

President: Dan Derges, Mid-Missouri Bank

Treasurer: Alan Perryman, UMB Bank

President Elect: Thomas Lane, Missouri State University

Vice President: Chris Weiss, Husch Blackwell

Secretary: Courtney Brown, O'Reilly Hospitality Management

Past President: Marshall Kinne, Med-Pay Inc.

Board of Directors

Adam Graddy, Keller Williams Realty

Adam Toth, Toth & Associates

Brandy Buckler, BKD

Christian Lewis, Simmons Bank

Courtney Brown, O'Reilly Hospitality Management

Dan Malachowski, Baron Financial Group

Darcie Ray, Sprout Pharmaceuticals

Erin Malone, SRC Electrical

Greg Higdon, Springfield Police Department

Jamie Dopp, City Utilities

Joe James, First Home Bank

Kevin Dunaway, Neale & Newman

Lacy Martin, Commerce Bank

Mitchell Brandt, The Alchemedia Project

Scott Meier, Midwest Family Broadcasting

Stan Jinks, Edward Jones

Stephanie Murphy, Guaranty Bank

Sundy Muse-Morton, Steelman Transportation

Thomas Lane, Missouri State University

Ty Alexander, Terracon