About Us

We are on a quest to discover unfulfilled potential, and dedicated to unleashing your ability to change the world through the power of one-to-one mentoring.

Our vision

is that all children can achieve success in life.

Our mission

is to provide children with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that changes their lives for the better, forever.

We proudly partner with parents/guardians, volunteers, donors, companies and others in the community and hold ourselves accountable for each child in our program achieving:

Higher aspirations, greater confidence, and better relationships

Avoidance of Risky Behaviors

Educational Success

About our CEO

Pierce Bush, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, is the leader of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate agency in the country, reporting to the agency’s Executive Board of Directors. Pierce is tasked with leading the strategic objectives of the agency, leading and working with his dedicated staff team across a wide swath of Texas.

Pierce 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 Houston market staff full-time in October of 2012, becoming the Houston Market President in 2014. Since Pierce joined the organization, the Houston market has increased its program reach, measured by kids impacted, by almost 63%. Through Pierce’s leadership, Big Brothers Big Sisters lone Star completed construction and fundraising on a new, highly visible, mission enhancing $8 million Houston headquarters building near downtown.

After achieving local success in the Houston market from 2012-2015, Pierce was appointed CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star by the Executive Board, in August 2015, with the goal to build on this positive track record and impact more children across the state in Lone Star’s territory. Under his leadership, the Lone Star agency launched the new strategic plan Vision 2×22 that will guide the agency in doubling its reach by 2022. In 2016, in Pierce’s first full calendar year as CEO, the consolidated Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star agency turned a corner financially and celebrated a cash flow positive year for the first time since the merger in 2010.  In 2018, all markets across Lone Star strategically grew program numbers at roughly 8% growth rates year over year and growth across all major markets was achieved.  In 2018, the Lone Star agency also leaned into open book, transparent management operating systems to empower staff as owners in the mission and the agency now runs one of the most transparent operations of any non-profit in the state and country.  For these open-book scoreboards and systems and the results they have generated across Lone Star for the kids positively impacted, the Lone Star agency has been recognized with an All-Star Award by the Great Game of Business Association in 2019.

Under Pierce’s direction, the agency also started using third party data from the National Student Clearinghouse to measure our mission’s impact at defending the God-given potential of kids in our program.  In the third year of tracking this data, Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star is finding that over 86% of our kids who graduate high school in our professionally supported, one to one mentoring programs are enrolling in a two year or four year college or trade school in the year after high school graduation.  When looking at broader outcomes, 97.5% of our high school graduating Littles/Mentees are enrolled in college, enlisted in the military or employed in their first year after high school. This data clearly shows to our generous donors and volunteers the impact their precious gifts of treasure and time make when invested through our agency and outcomes achieving mission, and it shows the reason we need our mission to grow and defend the potential of more kids across Texas.

Pierce earned a BA in American Studies from the University of Texas in Austin. Originally from Houston, Pierce splits his time between Houston and DFW to support Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star efforts in north Texas. Since 2018, Pierce was appointed by peer CEO’s and serves on the governing Board of the federation of Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate agencies, the Nationwide Leadership Council.  Pierce and his Little Brother Jaylyn enjoy attending church at Ecclesia together, playing baseball, riding bikes, and volunteering in the community. Pierce has been recognized by Houston Business Journal as the youngest member of the 40 under 40 class of 2016 and as an inaugural recipient of the Most Admired CEO award in 2018. Pierce is married to Sarahbeth Bush, who is also a Big Sister in the program, and together they are the parents to a golden retriever named Winston Moose.

Pierce can be reached at 713-860-8214 or pierce.bush@bbbstx.org.

Meet our Team

Leadership & Central Services Team

Our degreed-staff serve together to create friendships that are safe, long-lasting, and life-changing for each volunteer and child, the families served, and the generations to follow.

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Finance (4)
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Alexandra Denton

Associate Coordinator Post-Secondary Success Program

April Klics

Vice President of Program

Brandon Jennings

Network Administrator and Manager of Building Operations
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Carson Schultz

Chief of Operations and HR

Erik Tristan

Program Data Specialist

Gracia Torrez

Child Intake Specialist

Holly Wood

Coordinator of Grants & Program Administration

Jan Elias

Director of Grants and Administration
Jennifer Williams

Jennifer Williams

Chief Financial Officer

Kaneshia Johnson

Payroll & Benefits Manager
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Executive Board of Directors

Chairman of the Board:
Rob Bowlby

Vice Chair: 
Patrick J. Staudt

Committee Chairs:
Programs and Outcomes – Chris Owens
Marketing – Michael Hartman
Community Engagement – Pat Quarles
Fund Development – David Dewhurst
Growth – John Pitts
Audit –Randy Johanneck
Board Nominating and Governance – Harriet Miers

Dennis Albrecht
Community Volunteer

Joe Alcala
J Anthony Group, LLC
Executive Vice President

Rob Bowlby
President, North Texas Region

Chris R. Bright
Bright Companies

Burton D. Brillhart
Varsity Brands
Chief Legal Officer, General Counsel, Chief of Staff

Michael Davis
Bank of Texas
Sr. VP Texas Branch Delivery Manager
Dallas County Board Chair

David Dewhurst
Falcon Seaboard
Co-Founder, Chairman & CEO

Tracy Dieterich, CRPS
USI Insurance Services
Senior Vice President of Employee Benefits Brokerage/Consulting

Travis English
Duncan Foundation

Angela Gildea
Partner – Advisory Services, Oil & Gas

Alfred Gordon
Frito-Lay North America
Supply Chain Vice President (Retired)

Michael Hartman
CEC Entertainment, Inc.
Former Chief Marketing Officer

Sabrina Harrison
MINT Dentistry

Ron Jeans
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
Director of National Accounts

Randy Johanneck
Comerica Bank
SVP, Director of Risk

Manon Kebodeaux
Sable Permian Resources, LLC
Vice President, HR and Administration
Houston Board Chair

T. Luke Longhofer
First Financial Bank Shares, Inc.
Loan Review Manager, SVP
Abilene Board Chair

Stephen J. McDaniel
Chairman of the Board
Traditions Group Holdings
President & CEO

Harriet Miers
Locke Lord LLP

Calvin Crowder 
President & CEO

Mary Murray
Amegy Bank
Group Executive VP, Executive Director of Corporate Services

Christopher D. Owens
Group President, Verizon Select Services (Retired)

Ron Phifer
Aimbridge Hospitality
Regional Vice President of Sales and Marketing

John R. Pitts
John. R. Pitts, Attorney at Law
Managing Principal

Patrick Quarles
Community Volunteer

Laura Raymond
Community Volunteer

Jack Rentz
Rentech Boiler Systems, Inc.
Founder, President and CEO

Patrick J. Staudt
The Private Bank at Bank of Texas
Managing Director | Market Executive

Chris Taylor
FASTSIGNS – North Arlington
President (Retired)

Juan F. Vasquez, Jr.
Chamberlain Hrdlicka White Williams & Martin

Darryl Willis
Google Cloud
VP Oil, Gas & Energy

Patrick H. Wood, III
Wood3 Resources


We care about your gift the way you care for others, and we take that responsibility very seriously. As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organizations, we strive to be the best stewards of your gift in order to better serve its purpose: to serve more children with mentors, more effectively.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Federal Tax ID Number is 75-0800632.

Jobs with a Purpose

Join Our Team

We’re looking for talented, passionate people who believe role models can change the life of a child for the better, forever. Our staff loves what they do – and that’s what makes them great. Join the team. We’re hiring.