leading us in the right direction

From our Staff Members to our Advisory Committee Members and Board Members, Mid-Illinois Big Brothers Big Sisters has a compassionate and dedicated group of individuals on our side that are willing to do whatever it takes to help change children’s lives for the better.


Stacey Rios

Executive Director

Stacey lives in Effingham, IL with her husband and three children. She has two undergrad degrees from Iowa Wesleyan College and a Master’s Degree from the University of Cincinnati. She has more than twelve years of director and leadership experience and brings expertise in project planning, business development, and corporate branding. Stacey loves working with youth and is a volunteer coach for multiple sports teams including girls basketball and softball. Her free time is usually spent at the ball field coaching or on the sidelines cheering on her children.

Lisa Wyatt

Enrollment, Matching & School-Based Coordinator

Lisa Wyatt is originally from Seattle Washington who recently moved to the Midwest to be closer to family.  Lisa has worked in the medical field as a Medical Assistant for the past 13 years and has recently returned to school to continue her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work.  During Lisa’s free time she enjoys photography, creative writing, and gardening.  Additionally, Lisa loves creating arts and crafts as well as taking part in any type of event planning. 



Christy Mesnard

Program Director

Christy is from Altamont, IL. She holds an Associate’s degree from Kaskaskia College as well as a Bachelor’s degree from McKendree University. She has been with Effingham County BBBS since 2010. When she is not working, Christy enjoys spending time with her large family & friends.

Melanie Brown

Enrollment and Matching Specialist

Position Open


Sandy Woodward

Match Support Specialist

Sandy is joining the BBBS team as a Match Support Specialist! She lives in Robinson, Illinois. She is married and has one adult daughter and two adult bonus children. She has 4 dogs and 2 horses at home.  Sandy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services and has spent the last 20 years in some capacity of child welfare. Kids and animals are and will probably always be her passion.  In her free time, she enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors and with her family and animals. Her hobbies include gardening, planting flowers, photography, cooking and riding horses.


Jenna Murray

Altamont School Based Mentoring Coordinator

Jenna lives in Altamont with her husband and two children. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Illinois University. Jenna has been a teacher for eight years and she has been with Effingham County BBBS since December 2018. In her free time, she enjoys running and spending time with her family and friends.


When you support Big Brothers Big Sisters, you change lives for children in our community.