Leading Us In The Right Direction
From our Executive Team to our Board of Directors, Big 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.
Brenda Frachiseur joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County team as the Executive Director in 2013. She is a graduate of the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business. Brenda has served the non-profit community for over 30 years. As Executive Director, she is proud to lead a team of dedicated professionals, whose passion and commitment to the children of El Dorado County is undeniable. Brenda is a member of the Placerville Vision Coalition, the Healthy Communities Committee, the Nonprofit Leadership Forum and is a Kiwanian. She and her husband Mark are residents of Placerville and together they share the love and joy of five sons and 13 grandchildren.
Amber Henrichs began working with BBBS in 2008 as a Program Case Manager and currently holds the position of Associate Director. She graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work. Amber oversees the Program Team of BBBS of EDC, ensuring child safety and match retention and longevity. She finds it incredibly rewarding to see the dedication the Bigs have for the Little’s, knowing they want nothing but the best for their Little. Amber has also had a passion for those in need, especially children. She, and her husband Rob, are the busy parents of three young boys.
Valerie Piotrowski is the Development Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County.
Valerie’s career began as a writer for Governor George Deukmejian where she served the Governor for both of his terms of office and was appointed Deputy Director of Communications for the State. Valerie also served as Director of Foundations & Community Relations for the Salvation Army and was Advertising Manager and Social Editor of Comstock’s magazine for 10 years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism for the University of Southern California. Valerie and her husband John reside in El Dorado Hills with their three beloved rescue dogs, two Schnauzers and a Golden Retriever.
Office Manager, Jamie Pitts-Garcia, comes to BBBS-EDC with a degree in Math & Science from Cosumnes River College. She keeps our books and finances in order and smiles as she answers ever call or question. Jamie has been an avid volunteer since she was younger and loves to help people, especially children. She is a proud Mom of one beautiful boy! Jamie’s passion for assisting others, along with her organizational skills, benefits the entire organization and so many others in El Dorado County.
Program Manager - Special Projects
Todd White has served as the Program Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County since 2014. He is a native of El Dorado County, and is a passionate advocate for quality public education. Todd earned his Master’s in Management and Leadership in 2011 and has served as a Trustee for the El Dorado Union High School District since 2010. He also serves on the Juvenile Justice Commission, the Early Education & Planning Council, and enjoys being an ambassador for the Tahoe Chamber of Commerce. Todd is also a Big Brother.
Program Manager - Community Based
Joy Knight has been a Community Based Program Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County since 2016. She is a California native and started school at Brooks Elementary in El Dorado Hills and graduated from Oak Ridge High School also in El Dorado Hills. Joy received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University Sacramento. Joy is very involved in the community and is the Public Image Chair for the El Dorado Hills Rotary Club.
Program Manager - Site Based
Monika Nielsen has been a resident of El Dorado County for 29 years. She and Chuck have been married for 35 years and they have two adult children, a daughter Samantha and a son, Trevor. Monika graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a Business degree. Monika has enjoyed working with various non-profits in our community since 2004 and enjoys spending time with their recent rescue, a Husky mix named “Tulo”. “I love working with Big Brothers Big Sisters as a Site Based Program Manager and enjoy being a Big Sister myself”.
Chelsea Huettl joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County team in 2017. She received her Bachelors Degree in Child and Family Development and graduated with honors from San Diego State University. Chelsea is passionate about working with individuals from different walks of life, and has accomplished such throughout her participation and involvement with several non-profit organizations. It is her personal and professional ambition to help children and adolescents reach their developmental potential while cultivating their dreams and making them a feasible reality. Chelsea hopes to be able to share her joy of service-learning with the greater community, in her role as Enrollment Manager.
Board of Directors
Sam Smith, President
Retired - Apple
Marc Harris, Vice President, Big Brother
Josh Morgan, Secretary
Sue VanDelinder, Treasurer
El Dorado Disposal
Keith Bladen, Big Brother
El Dorado County Office of Education
Stephanie Carlson, Big Sister
El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency
El Dorado Office of Education
Retired School Principal
California State Senate
El Dorado County Office of Education
Weiner Law Offices