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.
Finance & Development
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”.
Laci Dewater joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County team in 2018. She was Valedictorian of her community college graduating class and went on to receive her BS Degree in Business Administration from UC Berkeley. Laci has a heart and passion for service and has made an impact in her community through her work with several local non-profits. Laci believes every child should have the opportunity to thrive, and in her role as Enrollment Manager, she hopes to connect Littles with Volunteer Bigs who will nourish, enrich and improve their lives for the better.
Office Manager, Part-Time
Darcy Smith joined BBBS as the part-time Office Manager in March of 2018. Darcy has decades of experience in the public sector, coming to us from the County of Sacramento. In her last position at the County, she managed the Administrative Division of Child Support Services, providing administrative support to the Executive Staff, as well as Child Support Program managers. Her experience at Sacramento County will benefit BBBS in countless administrative ways, as we continue to provide support to our Bigs and Littles and to our residents within El Dorado County.
Darcy is a pet parent to two dogs, Poppy (a toy jack Russell terrier) and Snickers (a miniature pinscher), and an “invisi-cat” Neko, a very shy domestic short-hair, who Darcy’s brother claims doesn’t exist because in all of Neko’s fifteen years, he has never seen her.
Board of Directors
Marc Harris, President, Big Brother
Jill Christiansen, Vice President
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