Deborah Re, Chief Executive Officer
Deborah Re has more than 20 years of management, entrepreneurial, and organizational development experience. Before joining Big Sister in 2006, Deb worked for City Year Boston where she served as Executive Director. Prior to her management of City Year, Deb was President and Founder of Bridges to Business, a company that specialized in training and placing young adults with non-traditional backgrounds in the workforce. In addition, she has 16 years of experience in the private sector as Vice President of Administration for Keyport Life Insurance Company. As a testament to her commitment to the community, she received the 2001 LeadBoston Community award, the Heroes Among Us award from the Boston Celtics, and the 2011 Changing People’s Lives award from Grand Circle Corporation. In addition, New England Minority Enterprise Development recognized her for helping companies develop a more inclusive workforce in the Greater Boston area. She serves on the Advisory Board for the West End House Boys and Girls Club, the Selection Advisory Council of the Greenlight Fund, and is co-chair of Mass Mentoring Partnership’s Leadership Council. Deb holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Mia Roberts, VP of Recruitment and Community Partnerships
Mia Roberts is responsible for recruitment initiatives, new collaborative partnerships and the creation and implementation of strategies that build and maintain diversity among staff and volunteers. Prior to joining Big Sister, she served as a Director and Senior Consultant for the Efficacy Institute, a not-for-profit Massachusetts-based organization that consults with school districts and community-based organizations on systems to develop all children to high standards, especially children of color and the economically disadvantaged. She also has more than 15 years’ experience in human resources and administration in the retailing industry which includes oversight of the performance and compensation programs for 7,000 employees in 20 locations at the Dayton-Hudson Department Store Company. Mia graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration.
Alexis Harvey, VP of Operations
Alexis Harvey began her employment with Big Sister in 2007 as the Associate Director of Development. She also served as Director of Development before being promoted to the position of VP of Operations in 2012. Prior to joining Big Sister, Alexis was a Campaign Director with Lynch Development Associates (LDA) in Huntington, NY. At LDA, Alexis counseled more than twenty non-profit organizations on capital campaign fundraising. She also helped to raise more than $20M for the improvement of churches, schools, and community centers, directed the marketing strategies for each campaign, organized community volunteers, and managed outreach efforts. Alexis graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and French.
Judy Keefe, Director of Finance
Judy Keefe joined Big Sister in 2005. Judy’s previous experience in finance and accounting was primarily in the private sector, as a division controller at Genzyme Corporation in Cambridge from 1990-1997, and as a Finance Manager at Ares-Serono, Inc. and Data General Corporation before that. Judy has also taught financial theory and decision-making courses as an adjunct faculty member in the business administration department at Stonehill College in Easton, MA. She holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Master of Business Administration from Bentley College in Waltham, MA.
Heidi Ziobro, LSW, VP of Programs
Heidi Ziobro joined Big Sister in 2010 as the VP of Programs. She graduated from Northeastern University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and earned her Master of Science degree in Psychology from American International College. She is also a licensed social worker. She began her career as a program manager for Lifeworks, Inc., located in Westwood, MA, helping to provide homes, jobs, and supportive living to adults with developmental disabilities. She then worked at Vinfen Corporation, based in Boston, as a program director for six years. At Vinfen, Heidi worked with adults who have psychiatric disabilities and assisted them with their rehabilitation goals. As a former Big Sister, Heidi experienced the direct positive impact that a professionally supported mentoring relationship can have on both the Big and Little Sister. She was drawn to the opportunity to work for Big Sister Association in a role that would allow her to grow and expand programs to serve more girls and women throughout our city.
Donna Quirk, VP of Development
Donna joined Big Sister in 2012 as the VP of Development with an expansive background in fundraising and development. Previously, she worked at City Year Boston as an Individual Giving Officer where she was responsible for researching, identifying, cultivating and soliciting donor prospects. Donna also currently serves on the board of directors for Heading Home where she leads public relations efforts to increase the agency’s profile. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Education from Bridgewater State College and a Masters of Education Administration from Boston College.