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

ABOUT OUR CEO

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.

Executive Director

Dwayne Bivona

Dwayne Bivona, a native New Yorker, has lived in Wichita Falls, TX for ten years; just not in a row.  His newspaper career first brought him to the Times Record News, Wichita Falls’ only daily newspaper, in 2002.  After a transfer to Indiana that lasted five years, the media company returned him to Texas as President and Publisher of the Times Record News.

He left the newspaper industry in January, 2018 after serving a year as President of the Caller-Times in Corpus Christi, TX and as Texas regional president for Gannett Company’s USA Today Network.  This capped a 27-year career in media; after which, Dwayne moved to Wichita Falls, for the third time, to be closer to friends and family.

Dwayne has served on boards for several local nonprofits including the United Way, Sheppard Military Affairs Committee and the Wichita Falls Chamber of Commerce.

Dwayne has a B.S. in Communications from Ithaca College.  He met and married his wife, Karen, while living in Ithaca, NY.  They have three grown children and one grandson. Dwayne is an instrument-rated pilot and enjoys seeing Texas from the air. He has volunteered his time with the “Angel Flight” organization.

Meet our Team

Wichita County Staff

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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Vicki McCann

Vicki McCann

Recruitment Manager

Pierce Bush

CEO
Julie Rueda

Julie Rueda

Program Generalist
Deborah Halvorson

Deborah Halvorson

Match Support Specialist

Wichita Falls Board of Directors

Dr. Tamera Bowersock
Kindred at Home
Physical Therapist

Rod Edwards
United States Airforce
Commander, 82nd Contracting Squadron

Ace Elliott
Midwestern State University
President of MSU Bigs, Student Assistant

Ryan Goodgion
Pond Insurance Agency
Insurance Agent

Chris S. Koetter, Chair
North Texas Mobility
Business Owner

Mary Helen Maskill
MSU, Wichita Falls Museum of Art
Public Program Director

Weston Morgan
United States Air Force
Instructor Supervisor

Melissa Prigmore
Tumblebus of Wichita Falls
Owner/Instructor

Nick J. Schreiber, Past Chair
Secord & Lebow Architects
Director of Marketing & Business Development

Ashlee Trevis
Courtyard by Marriott
Sales Manager

Financials

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.