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Big Brothers Big Sisters Honors John P. Mahowald, Announces New Board Members

ST. CLOUD, MN (July 11, 2018) –


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota honored former board member John P. Mahowald for his exemplary service to the agency. Mahowald served on the Big Brothers Big Sisters board for the past 9 years, taking on several leadership roles including secretary, vice president, president, and past-president.


During his time with the agency, Mahowald went above and beyond his duties as a board member to help strengthen and expand the local mentoring program. He served on several agency committees including: Executive, Sponsorships, Advancement/Fund Development, and Board Development. Mahowald has helped Big Brothers Big Sisters develop partnerships, secure new donors, and recruit more mentors. With his guidance and determination, the agency’s annual revenue doubled during his time on the board.


The Board of Directors is comprised of 19 local professionals. Big Brothers Big Sisters has announced new additions to the Board of Directors.


Newly-appointed members of the board include:

  • Courtney Kunkel, Capital One
  • Bill Martin-Chaffee, Community Volunteer

Big Brothers Big Sisters’ Executive Director, Jackie Johnson, states “We are thrilled to welcome outstanding new members to our board. We are confident that our board’s strategic guidance and thoughtful counsel will ensure Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota continues to grow our program while providing safe, high-quality mentoring services to youth in our community.”


John P. Mahowald is Honored for Service to BBBS

Big Brothers Big Sisters Board President Marie Schmitz presents John P. Mahowald with service award


Courtney Kunkel

Courtney Kunkel


Bill Martin-Chaffee

Bill Martin-Chaffee

BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Big Award

growing up big logoBig Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota established the BriAnna Kruzel Growing Up Big Award to honor BriAnna Kruzel, a former Little Sister and High School Big Sister, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in September 2013.BriAnna’s experience with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program was quite unique. When her father was deployed in Iraq, BriAnna began as a Little Sister in the program. Years later, BriAnna decided to become a High School Big Sister as a way to provide the same experience to another child. BriAnna was matched with a Little Sister whose father was deployed overseas, which helped them form an instant bond. BriAnna was able to relate to her Little Sister and provide advice and support. BriAnna was a dedicated friend and mentor for over two years. She was selected as the 2013 High School Big Sister of the Year for her outstanding commitment to the program and her Little Sister. She was also honored by the St. Cloud Optimist Club with the “Youth Appreciation Award” for her work with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Minnesota is accepting nominations for a deserving participant, either a former Little Brother/Sister or former High School Big Brother/Sister, who demonstrates service to the community, character, and integrity.

Eligibility Requirements:

1. The nominee must be a former Little Brother/Sister or former High School Big Brother/Big Sister in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MN program.
2. The nominee must be 18 years of age or older.
3. The nominee must have been matched thru Big Brothers Big Sisters for at least 18 months.

How to Nominate:

1. Submit the nomination form by January 12th, 2018. The nomination can be completed and submitted on-line or can be printed and emailed, faxed or mailed to:

Big Brothers Big Sisters
Attention: Ann Matvick
203 Cooper Avenue North Suite 162
St. Cloud, MN 56303

Fax: (320) 253-1702
Email: amatvick@bbbscentralmn.org

2. Big Brothers Big Sisters will then contact the nominee to obtain additional information.
3. The winner will be notified by February 28th, 2018 and will receive the award at the Big Brothers Big Sisters Gala on April 13th, 2018. The winner will receive four tickets to the event.

Nomination Form

Nominate a Big or Little of the Year

Each year we have the opportunity to select an Adult Big Brother & Big Sister of the Year (which includes Big Couples & Big Families), a High School Big Brother and Big Sister of the Year and a Little Brother and Little Sister of the Year. We have so many amazing Bigs (mentors) and Littles (mentees) and would love your help in nominating those that you feel are deserving.

We accept nominations year round but the deadline for the 2018 Bigs of the Year is November 13th 2017. Nominations are reviewed and selected in November/December and announced in January. The winners will receive their awards at our Big Celebration (which typically takes place in March).

To nominate an Adult Big Brother, Big Sister, Big Couple or Big Family:

To nominate a High School Big Brother or Big Sister:

To nominate a Little Brother or Little Sister: