DEVELOPMENT TEAM

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

SHELLEY SCHWAB

Development Director
260.456.1600 x 2259

Bio: Everyone in Fort Wayne knows Shelley or feels like they always have within five minutes. Since taking this position in 2006, she spends most of her considerable energy calling everyone asking for their time to help out. Rarely does anyone say “No” because of her commitment to Littles, passion, and integrity. Find Shelly's full bio here.

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ALEX YANEY

Community Development Manager
Adams, Allen, Huntington, and Wells Counties
260.456.1600 x 2239

Bio: Working at BBBS for almost six years, I am in charge of recruitment, customer relations and enrollment. Married to Andrew and mother of two fur babies, Golden Retrievers Cub and Winnie. Both of us are Bishop Luers graduates, and we love being a Big Couple and watching moves in our spare time.

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DAMETRIA REFNER

Development Projects & Special Events Coordinator

260.456.1600 x 2229

Bio: Been with Big Brothers Big Sisters for 10 years, wearing many hats. I currently help oversee the logistics and planning for all our Special Events. A graduate of Purdue University where I studied Psychology, I live in Ashley with husband Tim, daughter Eliza and two dogs, Zoey the Corgi puppy and Isabella the dog.

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ELI RIDER

Marketing and Communications Manager

260.456.1600 x 2514

Bio: As a Big for around 7 years starting in high school, I’ve always been around the mission. Getting an internship that led to a full-time job here was natural. Outside of work, I like to play video games, occasionally attempt to exercise and watch Netflix with my dog Fozzy. My favorite color is purple.

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TERRY STUCZYNSKI

Community Development Coordinator

260.456.1600 x 2234

Bio: Raised in New Jersey, I have been in Fort Wayne the last 14 years! Happily married and proud mother of 3 beautiful and loving children, my husband and I became a Big Couple 8 years ago.  The wonderful experience of mentoring and my passion to help kids inspired me to work for Big Brothers Big Sisters!

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MADY HOSTETLER

Community Development Coordinator
Allen County
260.456.1600 x 2518

Bio: After playing softball and earning a literature degree at Eastern Michigan University, working for BBBS sets my heart on fire because we have the best and most fun team in the world!  My husband and I have a French bulldog and an Olde English bulldog who smell like cornchips but we still love them. 

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ASHLEY ROBERTSON

Community Development Coordinator
DeKalb, Noble, & Steuben Counties
260.456.1600 x 2288

Bio: BBBS gives me an outlet to use my skills gained from Purdue University and fulfills my passion for helping others. My husband, Ryan, and I have been a Big Couple for 5-plus years. We also have two little ones of our own, Ryley and Reagan. We love sports and are huge foodies!

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JAKE SCHULTHEIS

Multimedia Designer - Marketing

260.456.1600 x 2265

Bio: Graduate of IPFW in Graphic Design and Animation, I have 6 years of graphic design and video experience and I have helped build the marketing department at Big Brothers Big Sisters. According to Shelley, I’m the magician who presses a button and makes everything look pretty.

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KATHY ROBERTS

Stewardship Coordinator

260.456.1600 x 2227

Bio: Over several years, I’ve volunteered in various different organizations’ non-profit fundraising events in Fort Wayne! I have a passion for families, creativity, and sharing in others' gifts and talents! My mission is to encourage others and myself to be a light, dream big, receive big, and give big!

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JESSICA SHAW

Community Development Director - Kosciusko
Kosciusko County
260.456.1600 x 2206

Bio: A former educator, I’ve always viewed myself as a life-long learner and advocate for youth.  A transplant from NYC and Nebraska prior to that, I am humbled to work ignite the power and promise of Northeast Indiana youth.  My husband, son, and two mischievous cats have made Indiana our forever home. 

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BLAKE SEBRING

CREATIVE WRITER

260.456.1600 x 2206

Bio: A native of Fort Wayne, I’ve worked in all forms of the local media scene for more than 40 years and have also written 14 books. As a Big for more than 10 years (Hi, Logan!), I came to work at BBBS because it allows me to fulfill my passions of writing, helping others and working with kids all in one spot.

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WYATT HUNTER

Social Media Intern

260.456.1600 x 2225

Bio: I’ve been an intern here at BBBS since March 2020. Along with that, I am a college senior studying marketing and economics at PFW, and I’m on track to graduate this Spring. I manage social media accounts and track the analytics that goes along with them. I also have two rabbits.

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