Leadership Team Bios

Kristin Ostby de Barillas

President and CEO

Kristin partners with the Board of Directors in the development of vision, strategic thinking, leadership and planning to achieve the mission of Boys Hope Girls Hope. She also works to engage, inspire and equip the team to carry out the mission with high standards of excellence. Kristin joined BHGH in 2005 as the Director for Latin American Operations and become the Vice President of International in 2014. Kristin has led BHGH’s expansion and growth in Latin America. Her major concentration during that time was in Guatemala where she helped open BHGH’s elementary and middle school and has grown the program from serving 29 to 170 scholars with over 20 in college and 4 college graduates. Kristin led the opening of BHGH’s affiliate in Monterrey, Mexico in 2008, which now serves 90 scholars, and has been involved with BHGH’s Peruvian affiliate since 2014.

Kristin holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota. She is a founding Member of the Board of Directors of the Antigua International School in Antigua, Guatemala and continues to serve on the Board today. Prior to BHGH, she served as the Director of Global Ministries for the Glide Memorial Church and Foundation for five years, where she created and led a program to train urban faith-based organizations in the US and South Africa in how to develop programs for the poor in their communities. During her college years, Kristin received a Ford Foundation research grant for her research on developing diverse, democratic organizations; served as a research fellow at the Martin Luther King Papers at Stanford University and an intern at the Global Fund for Children in Washington DC. She has also spent a semester in Chile. Kristin is a native of the San Francisco Bay Area and lives in Antigua, Guatemala with her husband, Benito, and two young sons. In her new role, Kristin travels frequently to St. Louis and BHGH’s other affiliates. In her free time, Kristin loves to play tennis.

Tom Casey

Vice President of Operations

As Vice President of Operations, Tom oversees technology, finance, and Human Resources for the BHGH network. Among his major, on-going, projects is the streamlining of data across the entire organization, which will help BHGH to become more efficient at both programming and fundraising and help everyone benefit from organization-wide best practices. Tom earned a BA in Philosophy from Loyola University Chicago and an MBA, with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Management, from Boston University. He is the author of “Beyond the Paycheck: A Human Resources Management Guide for Leaders of Small Youth-Serving Organizations” published by the Finance Project, and has written or edited numerous personnel and policy manuals. Tom served for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Grenada, West Indies, in the capacity of an NGO Advisor and Lead Volunteer. He is a native of Chicago and now lives in St. Louis with his wife and two children.

Brian Hipp

Vice President for Mission Effectiveness

As Vice President for Mission Effectiveness, Brian and his team provide leadership and support to the entire network of 18 Boys Hope Girls Hope affiliates in the critical areas of organizational best practice, training, program execution, impact evaluation, and continuous quality improvement. Brian joined BHGH in 1999 as a Program Director for the St. Louis affiliate where he became Executive Director in 2005. Brian joined the International Office in 2014 in the role of Regional Director. Brian holds a BA in Psychology from The College of Santa Fe; a Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Gregorian University; and a Masters of Social Work from St. Louis University. When not shuttling his three active children to and from school and activities, he enjoys playing sports with them. In addition, he also enjoys home renovation, woodworking and reading for fun and professional development.

Heidi Bergeron Gross

Director of Advancement

Heidi Bergeron Gross serves as Director of Advancement, supporting overall development and communications strategy. She was previously Development Director of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Greater New Orleans and has over ten years of experience managing grants and organizational partnerships. She has prior experience in teaching, civic engagement and facilitating critical dialogue. Heidi holds a B.A. in Philosophy and Theological Studies from St. Louis University and a Masters in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Harvard University. She lives in New Orleans with her husband Christopher and their daughter.

Richard "Buzz" Bollmer

Director of Youth Development

In his role as Director of Youth Development, Buzz ensures that BHGH programs lead to the desired scholar goals of graduating both high school and college. His more than 30-year association with the BHGH organization began with volunteer service in both the Cincinnati and Detroit Affiliates. In 1986 he became a Residential Counselor at the Cincinnati Affiliate and was later promoted to Program Director. In 1993, Buzz joined the International Office Team and has served in a variety of capacities including: Program Specialist, Director of Quality Improvement and Affiliate Transitions, Director of Children Services, and Eastern Regional Director. Buzz holds a MA degree from the University of Dayton. Prior to joining BHGH, he served in several roles including: high school teacher, administrator of a residential treatment center and hospital chaplain. In his personal time, Buzz enjoys spending time with family and friends, walking, biking, gardening and woodcraft. Buzz holds an extensive collection of more than 10,000 presidential campaign buttons from 1960 to the present.

Kimberly R. Hines

Director of Marketing and Communications

As Director of Marketing and Communications, Kimberly develops, builds and manages the BHGH brand, marketing and media strategies. With more then 20 years of experience in nonprofit management and marketing, Kimberly specializes in communications and community building, with a creative edge. Kimberly joined the Boys Hope Girls Hope team spending four years as the Executive Director for the Kansas City affiliate. Prior to joining BHGH, Kimberly was an executive art director and regional philanthropy champion for an integrated marketing firm with global reach and a director of marketing for the second home of an internationally touring dance company. Kimberly graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri—Kansas City where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English, with emphasis in creative writing. She has won awards for her poetry, copywriting and designs, including two Philly Awards for excellence in non-profit communications. Kimberly and her husband have two children and they live in Kansas City. When she's not working, she is praying, baking, designing, dancing, writing, spending time with family and friends and continuing to support her beloved Kansas City scholars.

Vivian Mendoza

Latin American Program Advisor

As Latin American Program Advisor since 2012, Vivian’s primary responsibility is to ensure that Boys Hope Girls Hope regulations and policies are implemented in its Latin American (Guatemala, México and Peru) operations and to continuously improve our programs and services there. One critical focus for her has been the development and implementation of the College Road program which helps BHGH scholars get into college and provides the support necessary for them to graduate. The critical training that Vivian has provided our Latin American staff has helped our scholars reach their maximum potential. A Guatemalan native, Vivian’s great passion is education. She holds a BA in Psychology from the Landivar University, a Jesuit university in Guatemala, and a Masters in Educational Psychology from the University of Barcelona. For the past 20 years, she has worked in different educational settings including schools, universities and organizations who commit themselves to education. Vivian also enjoys traveling to Germany to visit her German husband’s family and also to other European countries to better understand European culture. She is an avid swimmer and tennis player.