Decatur County Big Brother Big Sisters is, pleased to announce that Lisa Hermesch has been named Executive Director effective May 1, 2017.
Bev Karazsia, previous Executive Director, announced her plans to retire from Decatur County Big Brothers, Big Sisters effective June 30, 2017. Lisa joined BBBS in 2008 as a Program Manager for the Core Program. Lisa started with 12 matches and in less than a year, increased the Community program to 38. The number of matches from year to year fluctuate, however, the desire to provide every child who struggles a positive mentor that changes their lives for the better, forever, is the BBBS mission and therefore her focus.
Lisa has played a significant role in the agency’s growth and expansion into the community, offering ideas and strategies that have been very important to the continued success of Big Brothers Big Sisters and the success of the children she serves.
Joe Rust, past Board Member and community leader wrote: In all aspects, Lisa is an enthusiastic, organized and proficient person who is dedicated to only one thing; helping at risk children have a chance to succeed in life. She does this with an unwavering pas-sion and attention to detail that has always amazed me. I know for a fact that she has worked countless unpaid hours to help the kids get ahead. She does the job for the right reasons. She cares. Deeply. I would recommend Lisa for any position requiring management and compassion. You could not possibly find a better individual for your organization or company.
Bev Karazsia, retired BBBS ED wrote: Lisa came to my office 9 years ago. I hired her immediately, she was a perfect fit, and it was the best decision I ever made. Her skills in working with parents, youth, and mentors is extraordinary! Her creativity, design and technical knowledge brought us into the advanced computer world. She always comes up with some new idea to help more youth in BBBS. We shared many happy and sad tears during the years. We saw our children go through sports and graduate from both high school and college. Our friendship grew over the years beyond the office. Lisa will be taking over for me as Executive Director and there is not a doubt in my mind that she will do an excellent job in helping the kids and the community through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Thank you Lisa for your endless support and friendship. You will be a great ED and I can’t think of anyone better to take over Big Brothers Big Sisters than you! I will be cheering on the sidelines and waiting for spring and our trip to the Circle S Nursery!! My Best to you Always!!
Lisa is married to Alan Hermesch and they reside in Millhousen. They have two adult children Chelsey and Connor. Lisa enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, swimming, repurposing furniture, and catering to her dog son Griffey.
Lisa stated, “I am honored to take on this prominent role at Big Brothers Big Sisters. My time and experience here has been truly rewarding and I am eager to see what the future holds for our kids and our community.”