July 22, 2018
 
New Leadership at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County

Jennifer Webster, left, and Ericka Almeida
June 21, 2018 — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County, a nonprofit youth mentoring agency based in Greenfield, recently announced the appointment of Jennifer Webster as executive director and Ericka Almeida as development director.

Webster succeeds Danielle Letourneau-Therrien, who served as executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County (BBBSFC) for five years until she stepped down in November to accept a position with a media company.

Webster and Almeida, who both joined BBBSFC on the same day in 2012, shared the agency’s leadership duties since last fall.

“Our board is very appreciative to both of these leaders for their constant and un-wavering commitment to this agency. Our future is bright!” said Michael Ramon, board president.

Both women joined BBBSFC as site-based program coordinators until spring 2016. Webster was then promoted to program services supervisor and Almeida began serving as marketing and development coordinator, a newly created position.

“I’m grateful for this opportunity to lead an agency with a mission I so deeply believe in," said Webster. "Franklin County is such a generous community with so much need that I am honored to lead this agency.

"Together with Ericka we will further strengthen Big Brothers Big Sisters to ensure successful futures for the youth of this county."

Webster earned a bachelor’s degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Ore., and is a certified social worker.

Almeida has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Massachusetts.

BBBFSC, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary last year, with a staff of six focuses on helping children reach their highest potential through professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships with volunteers.

Last year, BBBFSC served 155 children, ages 6 – 14.

Greenfield has a poverty rate of just over 26%, compared to 15% statewide, according to 2013 census data, while is 31% of children in Greenfield live in poverty, compared to 16% of children across Massachusetts.

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