“As a young boy growing up without a father, and being a former “big” myself, mentoring has always played a big part in my life. So when the opportunity came my way to become a board member with Big Brothers Big Sisters, I jumped at the opportunity. Knowing that our program has a direct effect on changing the lives of young people inspires and motivates me every single day. I am so excited to be a part of such an amazing program right here in St. Joseph County!”

TJ is married to Courtney Jorgensen and has seven children: Johnathon, 27; Joshua, 23; Joey, 22; Myah, 17; Isabella, 11; Alivia, 10 and Eliana, 4.


While growing up, I had a challenging childhood; so I understand the need for a positive influence on some of our youth today. Big Brothers Big Sisters of St. Joseph County provides this opportunity and I am very proud to be on the board, able to have a positive impact to the organization and our community.

I am married to Russ Banes and have 3 children: John 23, Vanessa 19, and Cole 16.


“While growing up my father was a person who always worked so we didn’t participate in sports together or go to games as I would liked to. But my parents did instill in me the passion to always help others because there will be always someone that has less than you. My fathers favorite saying was: Think like a master, work like a slave and this made me feel that part of my life challenge is to help others especially children without parents because I was blessed to have both parents in my life.”

TD is married to Stephanie Ball and has four children: Grace, 23; Cecilly, 13; Camille, 10 and Carson, 7.


“I received my undergraduate degree from Miami University (Ohio) and graduate degree from Loyola University Chicago. I moved to South Bend in 2011 after an 11 year career at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in healthcare operations management. I have volunteered with the Junior Leagues of Chicago and South Bend for more than 16 years and I am thrilled to now be serving on the board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of St Joseph County. In addition to being a board member, I am equally excited about being matched with a Little Sister and am looking forward to the special bond that I know will develop from this one on one mentoring experience.”

Katie is married to Troy and has two children: a step-daughter Emilia, 15 and son Adam, 3.