Leadership Team Bios

Leadership Team

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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.

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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.

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Bill Fronczak

Vice President of Development

As the Vice President of Development, Bill’s role includes leadership of the organization’s resource development and advancement activities to raise the $3.5M needed annually to support direction of the 16-affiliate network, program monitoring & evaluation, training, data & research, brand management, college/university/community partnerships and collegian scholarship assistance. Bill has a wide range of experience in non-profit leadership, resource development and marketing, including a 23-year tenure at Mathews-Dickey Boys’ & Girls’ Club where he served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement, overseeing fundraising and events. Bill graduated magna cum laude from Saint Louis University as a communications major and English minor. He also is a graduate of the St. Louis Business Diversity Initiative leadership program through the St. Louis Regional Chamber and a board member of the International Live Events Association (ILEA) St. Louis Chapter. He has been highly awarded as a St. Louis American Young Leader, St. Louis Science Center Shining Star, Missouri Professional Communicators Quest, two-time ILEA President’s and six-time Louie award winner. A native of the area, he’s remained in St. Louis with his wife, River, intent on continuing to make a positive impact within the community.

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 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.

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LaShone Gibson

Senior Director of University Partnerships and Academic Excellence

As Senior Director of University Partnerships and Academic Excellence, LaShone is responsible for maintaining existing partnerships and will oversee the development of strategic collaborations with colleges, universities, and other organizations that support enhanced opportunities for the advancement of Boys Hope Girls Hope scholars, collegians, and the academic curriculum. A former Associate Dean of Saint Louis University, LaShone spent 3 years with the Office of Admission leading the prospecting, recruitment, enrollment and outreach efforts for minoritized student populations. Prior to that, LaShone was the Associate Dean of Global Engagement with the SLU School for Professional Studies as a faculty-administrator focused on program internationalization and new partnership/business development. LaShone holds a Master of International Studies from North Carolina State University and a BA in Spanish/International Business from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She is also a Fulbright Scholar and a recipient of the NAFSA Dorothy Brickman Award for Outstanding New Professional in International Education. Additionally, Saint Louis University Women’s Commission recently named her the 2017 SLU Woman of the Year, and the St. Louis Business Journal selected her for their annual “Top 40 under 40” issue for the Class of 2014. Presently, LaShone is pursuing her doctorate of Higher Education Administration at Saint Louis University. She is also a certified translator and has published ethnographic research concerning the impact of international tourism upon indigenous peoples of Guatemala.

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.

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Stephanie Klose

Regional Director, Latin America

As Latin American Regional Director, Stephanie provides mentoring and guidance to Executive Directors and Program staff leadership in areas that include fundraising, management and governance, strategic planning, human resources, and marketing. Managing the sustainable growth and impact of the programs is the main driver behind her role. She engages in strategic partnering with local boards and with enterprise leadership. She also plays a primary role coordinating teams to enhance collaboration, and designing and implementing standards and processes to optimize execution. Her 10-year experience in education projects for youth (in both business and social contexts), include managing a training&placement organization, leading innovation in university admissions and marketing, working with multi-disciplinary groups to design new and innovative university models, and making strategic alliances and win-win partnerships. Stephanie holds a BS in Business Management with a concentration in Marketing from Boston College in Massachusetts, and a MSc degree in Management and Implementation of Development Projects from the University of Manchester, UK. Stephanie loves sports, the outdoors and travelling. She treks volcanoes often in her country and has ventured in month-long trekking in the Himalayas. She has also completed many half marathons and a full marathon between 2007-2018. She is a people person and networking is part of her everyday life. She has volunteered since high school and has been a member of boards for multiple organizations.

Vivian Mendoza

Program Advisor, Latin America

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 affiliate operations and to continuously improve programs and services. 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.