Tulsa, OK, January 3, 2018 – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma Governing Board of Directors is pleased to announce today Melissa Ramirez as the organization’s next Chief Executive Officer beginning January 16. Ramirez will succeed R. Darrell Weaver who is leaving to run for the Oklahoma State Senate. After thorough succession planning and a comprehensive search process, the board is pleased to have found the best individual to lead this first-class mentoring agency. “I look forward to working with Ms. Ramirez and am encouraged that Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma will thrive under her leadership. Ms. Ramirez is an experienced nonprofit leader with a proven track record of fundraising, marketing, finance, and operations. During any transition, our focus has always remained on our mission and I believe that with Ms. Ramirez in the lead we will continue to match more children with mentors and expand our financial resources in the state of Oklahoma,” said Molly Jarvis, Chair, Governing Board of
“There are so many Oklahoma children who benefit from having a caring mentor to cheer for them. I am honored to be joining the team that recruits Big Brothers and Big Sisters so that even more of our kids can have that life-changing experience,” said Melissa Ramirez. Ramirez holds a Bachelor of Science in Journalism with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Marketing from Oklahoma State University. She has over 19 years’ experience in nonprofits including the American Red Cross and most recently with the American Heart Association. Ramirez is skilled in all aspects of managing a successful nonprofit organization. She has received several awards from the American Heart Association including Rome Betts Award for Staff Excellence, Manager of the Year, and Outstanding Achievement for Exceeding Goals in fiscal years 2011-2014. Ramirez was also awarded the 40 Under 40 Award from the Tulsa Business Journal is 2011. R. Darrell Weaver who has served as BBBSOK CEO since 2015, will remain onboard until February 15 to facilitate transition meetings with partners and donors, and staff. Molly Jarvis said, “I want to thank Darrell Weaver for his leadership during the last two years. I wish him all the best in his next endeavor and hope that he remains connected to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma as a volunteer and advocate.”
Weaver shares, “We are excited that Ms. Ramirez has joined the amazing team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. Her skill set and long history as a nonprofit professional will have a robust, positive impact on the children served in our state and the lives being changed forever.”
About Big Brothers Big Sisters
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma is a donor-supported volunteer organization that provides children facing adversity with a caring adult mentor and friend who, through a professionally supported one-to- one relationship, stand in the gap to change their lives. Independent research shows that the positive relationships between youth in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters have a direct, measurable and lasting impact on children’s lives. The program is proven to improve children’s odds for succeeding in school, behaving nonviolently, avoiding drugs and alcohol and breaking negative cycles. To learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters and how you can change how our children grow up in Oklahoma, visit www.bbbsok.org.