We are here to start something

Leading us in the right directionBig Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area Leadership

Executive Team

Dawn Kruger
Chief Executive Officer

Dawn came to the CEO position at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area in 2015 with over 11 years of experience in increasingly senior roles within the agency.

Prior to her appointment as CEO, Dawn served as the Vice President of Operations, overseeing all program functions throughout the five-county service region as well as providing operations leadership for facilities, finance, and human resources. She holds the BBBSBA mission very dear as she has also previously served as a Big Sister, and 15 years later remains connected to her Little Sister.

While she has over two decades of professional experience, Dawn’s passion for social justice began as an American expatriate growing up in Asia, where she witnessed the results of corruption and extreme poverty.

Dawn holds a Masters in International Relations from Stanford University and a BA in Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Devoted to serving her community, Dawn volunteers for the various activities that her children participate in. She lives with her husband and four children in Walnut Creek.

Rick Ohren
Vice President of Operations

Rick has been with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area since 2008, starting as Data Communications Specialist before becoming Director of Operations in 2013. He was named Vice President of Operations in 2014. His areas of focus include operations, finance and budgeting, website management, database management and data analysis, as well as development, marketing and program support. Prior to his arrival at BBBSBA, Rick worked for over 17 years in retail management, where he developed his penchant for problem solving and system management, as well has his desire to help others and serve the public.

Rick’s educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in Technical Journalism from Oregon State University. He and his wife live in Berkeley.

Carissa Tonner
Vice President of Finance and Administration

Carissa joined Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area in 2014 as Director of Administration, and was named Vice President of Finance and Administration in 2016. Her areas of expertise include operations management, process improvement and financial oversight. Before relocating to California, Carissa worked as Administrative Director for The Conservation Center in Chicago, the nation’s largest privately-held art conservation laboratory, and for the corporate division of renowned jewelry retailer Lester Lampert, where she managed client services and fulfillment. After 10 years in arts administration and a lifelong history of volunteering, Carissa is grateful for the opportunity to serve her community through her work in the nonprofit sector.

Carissa’s educational background includes a Master of Business Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Roosevelt University.


Stacie Schlenker
Program Manager

Anthony Spivey
Program Manager

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