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 facing adversity 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


Pierce Bush

Pierce Bush, CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Lone Star, is responsible for coordination of all things related to fundraising, budgeting, programming, the agency’s Board of Directors, and achieving the strategic goals of the largest Big Brothers Big Sisters affiliate organization in the country. 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 BBBS 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, Houston has increased its reach by almost 30% and made critical progress toward the goals of Vision 2×22. Through Pierce’s leadership, BBBS completed construction and fundraising on a new $8 million Houston headquarters near downtown. Pierce became CEO of Lone Star in August 2015 with the vision to build on this success and impact more children across the state. Under his leadership, the 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 BBBS Lone Star agency turned a corner financially and celebrated a cash flow positive year for the first time since the merger in 2010. 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 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. 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.

Tarrant County Market President

Melanie Hanna

Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters, Hanna consulted for various organizations and served as Executive Director of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation where she spearheaded an entrepreneurial approach that nearly tripled the chapter’s budget to $1.6 million from $600,000. Hanna also served as the Development and Constituents Relations Officer at Brite Divinity School, a theological school associated with Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, Texas. While there, she worked with the President and Vice President of Advancement to solicit and secure more than $25 million during its capital campaign. She also helped increase donations to the Brite Divinity School Annual Fund campaign by 10 percent annually while expanding its donor base by 5 percent each year.

Hanna previously worked as a development officer at Texas Christian University. She came to TCU from March of Dimes, where she served as the Senior Event Coordinator. Hanna also received her BS in Psychology from TCU in Fort Worth, Texas. She is an avid Horn Frog fan who can be found supporting her home team at various events throughout the year. Beyond her professional endeavors, Hanna is an active member of the Junior League of Fort Worth, Alpha Delta Pi and Tanglewood Elementary PTA.

Meet our Team

Greater Tarrant

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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Veronica Hernandez

Associate Coordinator - Program
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Rachel Pillar

Director of mentor2.0 & Match Services
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Pierce Bush

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Olivia Rich

Partnership Specialist
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Natalia Mendoza

Program Events Specialist
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Michelle Watters

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Melina Padron

Melina Padron

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Melanie Hanna

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Tarrant County Board of Directors

Joe Alcala
Executive Vice President
J Anthony Group, LLC

Larry Anfin
President (Retired)
Coors Distributing Company
Executive Board Member

Jesse Borries
Web Developer & Consultant
D.A.T. Associates
Junior Board Liaison

Pamela Dodson
General Manager Foundation
Autobahn Motor Car Group

Travis English
Duncan Holdings, LLC
Executive Board Member

Kelly Fuhrman
Community Volunteer

Alicia Gadley
Senior VP of Customer Service
GM Financial

Monique Gibson
Director of Human Resources
Kaufman Financial Group

Dr. Patricia “Patti” Gwirtz
Associate Dean & Professor
UNT Health Science Center

Thomas Hansen
Oak Hill Advisors

Beth Looney
BDO – Fort Worth

Richard “Bruce” Moon
Brackett & Ellis, P.C.

Shayne D. Moses
Moses, Palmer & Howell, LLP

Rohit Rai
Vice President
Lockheed Martin

Richard “Roman” Ross
Chairman / Self Employed
Retail Ventures, Mexico

Allen Speed
Police Officer
Fort Worth Police Department

Gloria Starling
Managing Partner
The Capital Grille

Cade Thornton
Director of Sales
Stuart Hose and Pipe

Jerry Wackerhagen
EVP, Operations & Technology
First Command Financial Services, Inc.

Tennessee Walker
Patterson Personal Injury

Thomas G. Williams
Vice President, Industrial Products Sales
BNSF Railway Company

Denton County Board of Directors

Candice McDonald
Bahama Bucks – Denton

Malcolm McGuire
Insurance Investigator
Liberty Mutual

Susan Passariello
Vice President of Marketing

Donald Robertson
Construction Records Auditor
Texas Dept of Transportation

Vanessa Vantrease
Broker / Owner
Chateau Realty


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 Lone Star Federal Tax ID Number: 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.