Leading us in the right direction

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

Dr. Portia G. Smith,  Executive Director
Dr. Portia is originally from the Caribbean island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and lived in Charleston, WV for 12 years. She holds a BA in English and minor in Spanish from West Virginia State University, MS in Communication, and a Doctorate of Business Administration with specializations in Entrepreneurial Leadership, Marketing, and Social Impact Management from Walden University. 

LeAnn Pryor,  Program Director

LeAnn has a BA in Psychology and a AA in Early Childhood Education from Manchester College. LeAnn oversees our Community and School-based Programs to ensure overall quality and adherence to BBBSA standards.

Errin Boyer,  Allen County Enrollment  and Match Support Specialist
Errin holds a BS from Ohio Northern University.  She comes to BBBS with a broad knowledge of working with persons with disabilities since 2010.  Errin interviews parents, children and mentors, matches mentors with children, and supports those matches. 

Kattie Butler,  Program Coordinator
Kattie coordinates our program at Perry Elementary School.  Before coming to BBBS in August 2018, Kattie was a middle school teacher for 25 years with Lima City Schools. She has BS and MA degrees from The Ohio State University.         

Sarah Whited,  Program Coordinator
Sarah holds a BS in Administrative Management from Bob Jones University and has 15 years of experience working with K-12 school children in several capacities, including coaching volleyball. Sarah will be working primarily in our school-based programs.

Madison Richards,  Program Coordinator
Madison is a graduate from The Ohio State University where she holds a BA in Psychology.  Madison has experience in working with youth and their families as an investigator for Children’s Protective Services in Hardin County.

kurt Neeper, President
President, Superior financial Solutions, LLC

Jeff Orphal, Treasurer
Apollo Career Center

Curtis Butler
Retired, Ford Motor Company

Ric Johnson
President/CEO at CAPS Builder

Dr. Portia Smith
Executive Director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of West Central Ohio

Kathy Schroeder
Retired, Putnam County ESC


Dave Farley, Vice-President
Retired, Ford Motor Company

Susan Wieser, Secretary

Jennifer Horstman
Executive Director, The Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery

Karl Lammers
Superintendent, Kalida Local Schools

 Bob Rodi
Retired, The Lima News