Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward is proud to announce the addition of several leaders of the South Florida community to its Board of Directors. Newly appointed members of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County include Coleen Sterns Leith, president of Marketing Matters; Leon Garza, managing partner for LG Capital Solutions; Thomas Campbell, corporate philanthropy manager for JM Family Enterprises; and Frank Byrne, vice president of hotel operations for Royal Caribbean.
The new members of the Board of Directors offer an extensive range of expertise and an even greater network of current and potential Big Brothers Big Sisters supporters. The members will assist Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County CEO Ana Cedeño in bringing greater awareness to the program, fundraising and furthering the organization’s mission.
“In appointing new members to serve on our Board of Directors, we were committed to finding individuals who are not only passionate about our cause, but also those individuals who we feel could make an tremendous impact in helping us achieve our organizational goals and overcome the obstacles we face,” said Cedeño.
“Recent developments in legislature pose a significant threat to our future funding,” said Cedeño. “Our Board of Directors—each offering a unique area of expertise—will play an instrumental role in helping us to raise awareness and support for our organization and its mission.”
Sterns Leith has participated in various organizational initiatives for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County, including serving as Chairperson for the Marketing Committee. Sterns Leith is president and chief “techno-geek” at Marketing Matters, a communications and design firm specialized in technology, consumer and custom electronics, audio-video, and related industries.
Garza began his involvement with Big Brothers Big Sisters more than 10 years ago. Garza has more than 30 years experience in telecommunications and high technology industries in the areas of mobile, data and wireless services, and broadband and Internet infrastructure services, paging, and voice recognition software development. He has held various executive positions for industry leaders including MetroPCS, NetByTel, Diveo Broadband Networks, Telefónica, PrimeCo PCS, Motorola and Hewlett-Packard.
Campbell brings an extensive background in grants management, community relations and communications to the Big Brothers Big Sisters team. As the corporate philanthropy manager at JM Family Enterprises, he supports the company’s community involvement strategy by maintaining relationships with community partners and coordinating sponsorship and associate volunteer opportunities in business locations outside of its Deerfield Beach headquarters.
Byrne is a dedicated member of the South Florida community. He is involved in numerous local organizations, currently serving as a deacon and chairman of the Finance Committee at the First Baptist Church at Weston, and formerly as the chairman of the Weston Christian Academy School Board.
For more information on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County, please visit www.bbbsbroward.org.
About Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County
Big Brothers Big Sisters is the nation’s largest donor-driven, volunteer-supported organization that changes the lives of children, teens and young adults. Its foundational belief is that every child has the inherent ability to succeed and thrive. By fostering one-to-one mentoring relationships, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Broward County increases the odds of a child academically achieving, avoiding drugs and alcohol and strengthening their family.
Most children served by Big Brothers Big Sisters are in low-income households with a single parent or have an incarcerated parent. Meaningful relationships, ongoing evaluation and professional support provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters is proven to positively impact youth and the community. Studies show that adults mentored as children through Big Brothers Big Sisters are more likely to earn a four-year college degree, take part in strong personal relationships and give back to their community. Learn how you can change a child’s life, donate or volunteer at www.bbbsbroward.org.
Coleen Sterns Leith, Marketing Matters