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October 26, 2021
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass Names New CEO
Connie Askin
Connie Askin

September 17, 2021 — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & Metrowest, a Worcester nonprofit providing youth mentoring services, recently announced that it named Connie Askin as its new chief executive officer.

She succeeds Jeffrey Chin, who served as CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Mass & Metrowest (BBBSCM) from 2012 until he stepped down this summer for another job opportunity.

Maurice “Moe” Boisvert, the long-time President of Y.O.U. Inc., served as Interim CEO from June-September 2021. He also served as the agency’s Interim CEO when Chin served an eight month deployment to Afghanistan in 2018.

Margaret Sullivan, chairperson of BBBSCM’s Hiring Committee, said, “Connie is a mission-driven leader who embraces our goal of “providing children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change lives for the better, forever”.

Added board chair Jack Hoehlein, “Everyone who has had the opportunity to meet with Connie has great confidence that Connie’s demeanor and prior business experience including high level positions with nonprofit agencies will serve the staff, Bigs/Littles and all stakeholders very well.”

For the 12 years prior to joining BBBSCM, Askin was self-employed as a consultant to nonprofit organizations focused on building revenue generating opportunities.

Earlier, she served as executive director of ChopChop Family, a Belmont nonprofit that aims to teach families to cook and eat together, and national director of development for Year Up, a national nonprofit based in Boston with a mission to close the opportunity divide for young adults.

Askin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international economics from Harvard University and a Master of Business Administration degree in entrepreneurship from the F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business.

Among other goals, Askin is tasked with increasing funding sources to support the expansion of matches of mentors to mentees from approximately 1,000 to 1,500 over the next two years.

“The past year and a half has been so challenging for children and families. As a relentless believer in silver-linings, I am excited to be part of a team that is actively helping alleviate some of that stress by matching caring adults and children in our communities who will benefit from this kind of actionable optimism,” Askin said.

During its fiscal 2020 year, BBBSCM served 850 youth, of which 56% were female and 44% male. According to its most recent annual report, 91% of its mentees improved their educational expectations and all either maintained or improved grades and academic performance.

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