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 Shelley's full bio here.
I am a Fort Wayne native and graduated Purdue Fort Wayne with a Bachelor's in Organizational Leadership/Supervision. I've spent most of my career at Vera Bradley, a proud supporter of BBBS, so I am naturally excited to join the BBBS team and become more active in the community while helping to impact our youth. I am a dog fanatic, proud Aunt, and I spend most of my time hanging out with friends and family.
KERISTEN "KESS" BAKER
I have had an extensive career as an on-air radio personality, DJ, and emcee. I also love entertaining through acting and comedy, including a few Civic Theater productions. I have a passion for serving my community and throughout the years have partnered with several non-profit organizations on various programs and events.
I have lived in Warsaw my entire life. My husband and I are new empty nesters and I’m anxiously awaiting grand babies. Until then, the love of my life is our rescue German Shepherd, Marshall. I have worked in nonprofit my entire adult life and I love the impact it makes. I have been a Big Sister for over 8 years and know firsthand the impact this program has on kids. I can’t wait to grow the program in Kosciusko!
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!
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.
Graduate of IPFW in Graphic Design and Animation, I have nearly a decade 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.
I graduated from Indiana Tech in 2022 with a degree in Graphic Design and a huge passion to create things spontaneously! After being an intern at BBBS, I am happy to be assisting the development team in expanding their presence in the local area! A huge lover of video games, curating Spotify playlists, and learning K-Pop dances in my free time. Come see me perform annually at the local Fort Wayne Korea Festival sometimes!
I joined Big Brothers Big Sisters as a content creator after six years of military service and three years in journalism. In my free time, I like to hike, play the harmonica, and write.