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.
Chief Executive Officer
Brenda Frachiseur joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County team as Chief Executive Officer 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 CEO, 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 14 grandchildren.
Chelsea graduated Summa Cum Laude with honors and distinction from San Diego State University earning a Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Development. She has an extensive background working and volunteering in the non-profit sector, and has done everything from equine-assisted therapy, tutoring/mentoring students from Title 1 schools, to helping individuals with disabilities reach their academic/career/life goals. Being of service to others breathes purpose into her life, so she counts it an immense privilege to be part of a community that shares this conviction at the very core of their mission. Since 2017, Chelsea has been inspired by BBBS' impact--as told by the story of each match--all drops in a bucket that, collectively, can change the world: one child at a time. In equal passion to her work, Chelsea and her husband, Josh, enjoy spending time with their two rescue pups—and are looking forward to being parents of a “Jolly” baby boy in January 2023.
Heather is thrilled to join BBBSNS and looks forward to giving back to the community in which she was raised. After graduating Heald College and traveling the U.S. for 17 years, Heather returned to El Dorado County to raise her twin sons. During this time, she volunteered in the schools for 12 years while also teaching and coaching kids in the art of Taekwondo. Heather is hoping to lend encouragement to children to believe in themselves and always dream big!
Community Outreach Manager
Peggy Martin has been working with Big Brothers Big Sisters since 2007. As the Outreach Manager in Truckee Tahoe, she works hard to reach out to her community to spread the word of mentoring as well as working with donors, local events and grant writing to ensure funding for the organization. Youth development has always been her passion and background. She believes investing in our youth is the only way to ensure success for the upcoming generations. Peggy is dedicated to being part of an amazing team to serve our community.
Jamie Pitts Garcia
Special Events Manager
Jamie Pitts-Garcia, comes to BBBSNS with a degree in Math & Science from Cosumnes River College. She plans and manages all of the BBBS special events. 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 & Nevada Counties.
Bryan Peterson considers himself lucky to have grown up in beautiful Nevada County. He appreciates all the opportunities the county has to offer and has personally witnessed what amazing community members reside there. He joined the BBBSNS team in 2021 as a Program Manager in the Grass Valley office. Bryan graduated from Chico State in 2020 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice. He is excited to work in the community he grew up in, and provide positive opportunities for Littles and Bigs! If you want to catch Bryan outside of working hours, you will find him in town or at one of the surrounding area lakes!
Stacey Rogers joined the BBBS family in 2016 when her teenage children became volunteer Bigs. As her own children mentored a young 3 year old through Big Brothers Big Sisters school based program, Stacey and her husband, Paul, quickly became involved in the life of their match as well. In August, 2021, Stacey became a member of the Big Brothers Big Sisters staff and was hired on as a Program Manager. Stacey has a passion for mentoring and connecting others to resources that promote overall health and well being. She believes in caring for the whole person, mentally, emotionally and physically. Stacey believes that the well being of the next generation will come from those adults who are willing to invest their time and attention into the lives of our young people. Her passion for nurturing others in order to help them realize their potential and have hope for their future aligns directly with the mission behind Big Brothers Big Sisters and she considers it an extreme privilege to be a part of the organization.
Community Outreach Manager
Todd White has served as the Community Outreach 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.
Office Manager, Part-Time
Rita Timewell joined BBBSNS as the Office Manager in August of 2018. After 19 years in corporate management, Rita fulfilled her dream of becoming a Bed & Breakfast Owner/Innkeeper in Placerville. During that time, Rita also volunteered with many organizations in El Dorado County. She retired after fourteen years of Innkeeping prior to joining the BBBSNS Team. Her passion for travel has led her to not only many states in the U.S., but to Mexico and several countries in Europe.
Rita believes her personal qualities will benefit and support the Bigs and Littles of El Dorado, Placer and Nevada Counties.
After an early retirement from Apple where he served over 20 years in positions as a Supply Chain Reporting Manager, a Worldwide Supply Chain Planning Manager, and a Finance Manager, Steve decided he wanted to use his skills and give back to his community. He comes to Big Brothers Big Sisters of El Dorado County with an MBA from UC Davis and a CPA earned working at KPMG after obtaining his undergraduate degree in Accounting. Steve is an avid cyclist and likes camping and hiking.
Susie Michaels recently joined the BBBS team as a program manager for foster youth and the PALS programs on the divide and in Colfax. Susie graduated from Chico State University with a Bachelors in Psychology and a passion for growth. She is an advocate for anyone who needs help having their voice heard. This is not limited to her position here at BBBS and extends to her passion for protecting wild lands, her rescue pets, and her prior work with developmentally disabled youth. Susie is a firm believer in the effect that time and intention have if put to good use, which is why she believes she is the perfect person to spearhead these new programs.
Teresa Salerno recently joined the BBBS team as a Program Manager in the Placerville office. She graduated from California State University of Sacramento with a Bachelor’s in Psychology. Teresa has worked with children and individuals with disabilities throughout her career and believes in empowering all to be their best self. She has worked with many community agencies and enjoys connecting people with the valuable services and resources available in El Dorado County. Teresa and her husband have raised three positive and energetic children here and Teresa is excited to serve the community she grew up in.
Lawrence Divinagracia or “Coach Lawrence” comes to BBBS with a lengthy background in helping kids reach their full potential. He spent ten years working through the EDH Vision Coalition 501(c)3 as a Primary Intervention Specialist serving the socio-emotional needs of youth in all the elementary school campuses in El Dorado Hills. Immediately prior to coming to BBBS, he spent 3 years as the Education Specialist for foster youth in the San Juan School District. Lawrence has also spent the last 20 years coaching youth sports from the recreational, comp, high school and college levels including soccer, baseball, women’s softball and wrestling. He has been married to his wife for 26 years and has 5 incredible kids. “Im totally looking forward to helping foster BBBS relationships that will be cherished for a lifetime.”
Eric Botts is relatively new to the Placerville area. He is very excited to be joining such a close-knit group, like that of BBBS of Northern Sierra. Originally from New Mexico, as a former Little Brother he is honored by the opportunity to use his time, to work with those with circumstances he can relate to. After graduating from Western New Mexico University with a BS in Kinesiology, Eric worked various jobs in the tech industry, to supplement his goals of helping people achieve a healthy lifestyle. After many years behind a computer, Eric welcomes the opportunities that being a Program Manager for a community provides.
More to Come
Stephanie Carlson, President, Big Sister
El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency
Julie Anderson, Vice President
Jill Christiansen, Past President
Mary Calligan, Secretary
Retired, El Dorado County Office of Education
Greg Glunt, Co-Treasurer
Retirement Security Centers
Sue Vandelinder, Co-Treasurer
El Dorado Disposal
Rob Bilo, Big Brother
Keith Bladen, Big Brother
Retired, El Dorado County Office of Education
Melissa Kistler, Big Sister
El Dorado County Office of Education
Association for Accessible Medicines Retired
Jana Pingle, Past Big Sister
Healthcare Operations Consultant
Lisa Rankin, Volunteer
Chase International Real Estate
Dylan Sullivan, Former Little
Judge, El Dorado County
Weiner Law Offices