Meet Our Staff
  1. Athena Gould Executive Director agould@blueridgebigs.org
    Athena has over 15 years of experience in the youth development field, working with nonprofit organizations in both New York and Nevada. Former agencies include the Boys & Girls Clubs of Las Vegas, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada and Suffolk Network on Adolescent Pregnancy. She has undergraduate degrees in Computer Information Science and English Language Studies and a masters in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy. Athena is honored to join the dedicated team of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge. As the Executive Director, she is committed to partnering with the communities of Charlottesville and Albemarle County to do what we do best - give kids access to great mentors and positive experiences. Athena and her husband Dwayne have four girls, Kalila, Lena, Sarah and Mia.
  2. Kendra Siebert Director of Programs ksiebert@blueridgebigs.org
    Kendra began her career with BBBS in 2012 while searching for a non-profit to grow with. She joined the team as the Community Based Program Coordinator and in her first year, helped improve match support quality metrics by nearly 100%. Before BBBS, Kendra worked with refugees at the IRC, helped homeless residents develop job skills with Americorps in Indiana, and also spent a year building trails and thinning forests with the Arizona Conservation Corp. Kendra is originally from northeast Indiana, and graduated in 2004 with an English degree from Manchester University. She and her husband Ehren spend most of their free time wrangling their two small kids, working on home-repair projects and enjoying beautiful Nelson County.
  3. Chelsea Bhimji Volunteer Enrollment & Executive Assist. cbhimji@blueridgebigs.org
    Chelsea is an East Coast native from Portland, Maine and a Rhodes College graduate. In 2010 she continued to develop her passion for children and community enrichment working with the PENCIL Foundation, and then aided fundraising efforts with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Chelsea joined Big Brothers Big Sisters in 2013 as the Site Based Program Coordinator, and following the successful expansion of that program, joined the Match Support Specialist team. Always ready for a new challenge, Chelsea is currently on our Enrollment team. In her spare time, Chelsea enjoys reading, going for a run or picnicking beside a mountain.
  4. Caitlin Levine Bilingual Program Specialist clevine@blueridgebigs.org
    Originally from Arlington, VA, Caitlin has lived in the Charlottesville area since 2011. She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in Global Development Studies and was involved in the Living Wage Campaign and other activist groups during her time as a student. Caitlin previously worked with Amigos de las Americas in Nicaragua and Panama where she facilitated cultural exchange programs for U.S. and Latin American youth. In her free time, you can find Caitlin at the farmers' market, trying to teach herself the ukulele, or at a 5Rhythms dance class.
  5. Christie Cash Program Specialist ccash@blueridgebigs.org
    Christie is originally from Greenville, Virginia and is new to the Charlottesville area. She graduated from Roanoke College in 2013 with her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice. Christie has previously worked in the juvenile justice field as well as early childhood education, teaching preschool in Fishersville. Christie is an avid musician and in her free time enjoys singing, attempting to learn guitar, reading and yoga.
  6. Lisa Powell Remote Match Support Specialist lpowell@blueridgebigs.org
    Lisa has been working for Big Brothers Big Sister of Kentuckiana since April 2000. She currently serves as the Match Support Manager. Before joining the BBBS family, she supervised foster homes and worked in an emergency shelter for abused children. It is her passion to help strengthen the lives of all children. Having the opportunity to work part time remotely for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Blue Ridge allows her to further the outreach to children and families in the fabulous state of Virginia. Lisa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Kentucky. She enjoys spending time with her kids, reading, writing and spending time outdoors.
  1. Eleanor Hoppe Manager of Events/Corporate Partnerships ehoppe@blueridgebigs.org
    Originally from Richmond, Eleanor graduated from UVA with a BA in Psychology. During college she was on SARA’s advisory board and was a Peer Mentor where she developed a passion for working with youth and families. Following graduation, she was appointed a Victim/Witness advocate for Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and became Secretary of the Richmond Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee. After taking a break to start a family, Eleanor returned to work and became a Program Lead for the ReadySteps program at ReadyKids. In her free time she enjoys spending time in the mountains and chasing after her daughters and Newfoundland dogs!
  1. Steve Decker AmeriCorp Vista Program Specialist sdecker@blueridgebigs.org
    Last month Steve joined the BBBS team as a Program Specialist through AmeriCorps VISTA and Virginia Mentor Partnership. After graduating with a B.A. in International Studies from Dickinson College, and later a M.A. in Humanitarian Response and Human Rights from Penn State’s School of International Affairs, Steve spent two years working with refugee youth and families in Chicago and Nashville. He then completed a temporary contract with Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region serving the Greater Philadelphia area (where he is originally from) before relocating to Charlottesville in order to work with adjudicated youth and resettled refugee youth. When he is not at work, you can find him roaming the outdoors, watching American football (E-A-G-L-E-S Eagles!!) or spending time with family and friends.