Meet Our Team
Our staff is made up of close to 50 passionate individuals who are dedicated to fulfilling our vision. Each individual is deeply involved in making a difference for every Big and Little apart of our organization. Learn more about who supports the hundreds of one-to-one relationships below.
Nancy first became a “Big Sister” in Indiana in 1995 and saw first-hand how one-to-one mentoring changes the lives of young people facing challenges. Nearly 20 years later, her affinity for the mission led Nancy to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, where she has served as President & CEO since January 2015. Nancy earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Georgia, an MPA in Nonprofit Management and a BS in Accounting, both from Indiana University. Immediately prior to joining the team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah, she spent 12 years at the University of Utah, first as an Assistant Professor in the Master of Public Administration Program and later as the Engaged Faculty Director at the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center. Her research has appeared in several journals including Nonprofit Management & Leadership, the Journal of Nonprofit Management, and the Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education. Nancy is a Big Sister, a Commissioner on the Utah Commission on Service and Volunteerism, a board member for University Neighborhood Partners, and co-chair of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Nationwide Leadership Council committee on Evaluation, Outputs and Outcomes.
Jill Sundstrom, has worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 18 years, and is currently the Chief Operating Officer, managing the mentoring programs and the Donation Center, a social enterprise supporting BBBSU. She has been a big sister three times, once in each of the three programs that BBBSU runs, and most recently watched her mentee from the mentor2.0 program graduate from high school in 2017. Jill graduated from the University of Utah with a Masters in Public Administration (emphasis in nonprofit management) and a Bachelors of Science in Political Science with a minor in Sociology. She is passionate about helping children find and build resilience. She lives in West Bountiful, Utah with her husband and twin 8 year old daughters and in their spare time they love to travel and be outside.
Brandi Jolley has been the Chief Development Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah (BBBSU) since 2009. Brandi earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Speech Communication at the University of Utah and has previously held Development positions with The Road Home, Judge Memorial, and Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Salt Lake. She was on the Board of the Murray Chamber Women in Business. Brandi lives in Salt Lake City and has a 21 year old son who is attending the University of Utah. She has recently become obsessed with trivia and can be found watching Cash Cab until all hours of the night.
Brian Sheets is a Certified Public Accountant and has worked in the non-profit industry for almost 25 years as the Chief Financial Officer for three different non-profit agencies. In addition he has taught non-profit financial management courses for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Utah Society of Certified Public Accountants and Westminster College Graduate program.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah’s Board of Directors ensures that every chapter is held accountable for providing safe and successful one-to-one mentoring opportunities to kids throughout the nation. The following individuals oversee the work and efforts made by our CEO and staff. With their support, we are able to sustain the relationships we have with our corporate and community partners.
Merlin Jensen, Chair, Complete Recovery
Stephen Clay, Treasurer, EMI Health
Tami Flandro, Past Chair, Regence
Sean Agnew, Comcast
Joanna Bell, Discover
Cameron Boice, Goldman Sachs
Mike Denison, The Cash Flow Academy
Amanda Harper, Lending Club
James Jackson III, Zions Bank
KayC Jolley, Red Rock Demoltion
Mike King, Commercial Real Estate
Michelle Parker, Independent
Angela Peleschka, SnapFinance
Wade Pitts, Fort Point Capital Partners
Leena Rinne, Franklin Covey
David Seely, American Express
Levi Smith, Cambia Health Solutions
Debbie Stone, Evolutionary HR
Mark St. Andre, PhD, University of Utah
Shannon Williams, Wells Fargo