Big Brothers Big Sisters Executive Team
Pierce Bush, Chief Executive Officer
Mary Flores, Chief People Officer
Jennifer Bender, Chief Financial Officer
Michael O'Teter, Chief Program Officer
April Klics, Vice President, Program
Chief Executive Officer
Pierce Bush, CEO of BBBS Lone Star, is responsible
for coordination of all things related to fundraising, budgeting, the agency’s
Board of Directors, and achieving the strategic goals of the organization that
includes the Houston region and north and west Texas. Under his leadership, the
agency launched the new strategic plan Vision 2x22 that will guide the agency
in doubling its reach by 2022. Through an increased focused on meeting the
needs of local communities served, the new strategic vision will maximize BBBS’
outcome-based program model and allow the agency to effectively reach more
children with life-changing mentor relationships.
Pierce Bush started his journey with BBBS as a volunteer
mentor to Jaylyn in 2009, and he was appointed to the Houston Regional Board in
early 2012. Believing that Big Brothers Big Sisters embodies a mission that
represents the American spirit of volunteerism and service to others, Pierce
left his career in private equity to join the staff full-time in October of
2012. Since joining BBBS’ leadership, Houston has increased its reach by almost
30% and made critical progress toward the goals of Vision 2x22. Pierce became
CEO of Lone Star in August 2015 with the vision to build on this success and
impact more children across the state. Pierce earned a BA in American Studies
from the University of Texas in Austin. Pierce is a member of the United Way
Young Leaders giving circle, and he serves on the Board of Directors for the
Promising Youth Alliance. Pierce is a past Board member for the KIPP Young
Professionals, the Memorial Park Conservancy, and the Houston Center for
Literacy. Originally from Houston, Pierce splits his time between Houston and
Irving to support BBBS efforts in north Texas. Pierce and his Little Brother
Jaylyn enjoy attending church at Ecclesia together, playing baseball, riding
bikes, and volunteering in the community.
Chief People Officer
Mary A. Flores
most recently held the position of COO at Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas. Previous to that she worked closely with the BBBS mission as the SVP of Human Resources
at Big Brothers Big Sisters of America and the VP of Human Resources for Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star.
entering the non-profit industry, Mary held various roles in human resources in
multiple industries including commercial real estate, telecommunications,
banking and financial services; providing support to staff ranging from 150
employees to 3,500 employees. Mary specializes in
strategically aligning human capital to achieve organizational goals, and
building positive workplace cultures.
the University of Wisconsin where she
attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Additionally, she holds an SHRM-SCP Certification
(Senior Certified Professional in Human Resources) and a lifetime SPHR
Certification. She is a 2008 graduate of
the ELI Women’s Leadership Lab, active member of the Society for Human Resource Professionals and Dallas
HR. Mary is an established trainer,
presenting on topics such as Employment Law and Minimizing Employer Risk,
Multi-Generational Workforce Dynamics, Time Management, and Customer
Service. She was appointed by Governor
Bush to the Texas Insurance Purchasing Alliance.
On a personal
level Mary has been married to her husband Richard for almost 32 years and has
two sons, Adam and Alex. The family enjoys traveling together and
appreciating the simple pleasures of life.
Chief Program Officer
Mike first came to the agency in 2001. Since graduating from Baylor University with a BA in Psychology and later earning a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington, Mike has worked for 28 years in the non-profit arena focused on helping at-risk children. He started at the Waco Center for Youth (one of the state's MHMR facilities for emotionally disturbed youth) and then gained experience at Lena Pope Home (a residential treatment center) in Fort Worth.
For 12 years Mike served as the Program Director at Presbyterian Children's Services--a group home/foster program for children in Waxahachie. During that time he served a term as President of the Teaching Family Association.
Vice President, Program
April Klics serves as the Vice President of Program for Big Brothers Big Sisters. She is also a Mentor in our mentor2.0 program. She joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Dallas in June 1993 and began her career with the agency as a Case Manager.
As the Vice President of Program April over sees the day to day operations of the Program Team. She also serves as our database (AIM) administrator. April graduated with her Bachelors of Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin. She completed her Masters Degree in Human Resources and Training in 2003.
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