Judith Dunson Spangler

Chief Program Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania

Judith Dunson Spangler

Judith Dunson Spangler

Chief Program Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania

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B.S. in Social Work, Brigham Young University

Judy has been part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters network since 1997 and was pivotal in helping navigate the multi-agency merger in 2002, from which the Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA (BBBS SEPA) agency was formed. Prior to the merger Judy spent three years as the Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Chester County, as well as a year as the Director of Program Services for Big Sisters of Philadelphia. Post merger she assumed the new role of Vice President, Recruitment and Retention and since then, has grown to assume responsibility for all of BBBS SEPA’s program services as the agency’s Chief Program Officer and Executive Team member.

Judy began her career as a Social Worker and spent fifteen years working throughout various social services networks in a multitude of capacities. She focused on everything from serving handicapped adults, to working on child abuse cases, adoption services, foster care, drug and alcohol intervention and juvenile probation services. From there, Judy transitioned from direct human services and assumed management of the YWCA of Erie, Pennsylvania. Over a six year period as the Executive Director, she turned the organization’s six figure deficit around to realize a notable cash surplus. In addition, Judy focused heavily on expanding community partnerships via collaborative programs and initiatives that helped advance the YWCA’s overall mission. With the experience of managing 120 employees and five facilities, Judy then turned her focus back to direct intervention services and joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters network.

Judy’s desire to try and help individuals faced with significant social challenges, as well as those in need of support and services provided the foundation for what has grown to be Judy’s true passion for helping children subject to significant risk factors and, in particular, those of incarcerated parents and guardians. While overseeing program services for almost eight thousand children and volunteers in a four-county region, Judy continually works to ensure that BBBS SEPA’s mentoring matches are safe, effective and life changing for all parties involved.

Judy has participated in numerous nation-wide committees and panels for Big Brothers Big Sisters including the National Child Safety Task Force; the National Leadership Council Program Committee of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; and the Big Brothers Big Sisters Pennsylvania State Association, both as a past Vice President and current association member. In addition, she has participated on several US Department of Education mentoring panels and works with the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania on the training and education of its members.

Over the course of her career and, in particular, as a result of working with children of incarcerated parents and guardians via the Amachi program and other mentoring children of prisoners initiatives, Judy has become an expert resource on the subject. She travels throughout the country on behalf of the Big Brothers Big Sisters network, speaking on the subject of child safety; and conducts mentoring children of prisoners training for Public Private Ventures (the originating organization of the nation-wide Amachi program) on the challenges of serving this specific population of children.

Judy has appeared on television and radio programs, as well as provided interviews to multiple journals on the subject of mentoring, and focuses much of her training and lectures on child safety and positive mentoring relationship development. Judy’s main focus continues to be on ensuring that all BBBS SEPA matches are safe, thriving and impactful; that needed mentoring volunteers are effectively identified and recruited; and in helping the agency ultimately provide a Big Brother or Big Sister to every child within the region who wants or needs one.

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Chief Program Officer at Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern Pennsylvania
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For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child is the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

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TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND WORK IN THE GREATER COATESVILLE AREA BY FOSTERING COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS, BY PROVIDING CAPACITY BUILDING SUPPORT AND BY MAKING GRANTS TO PROMOTE HEALTH EQUITY, HEALTHY YOUTH AND A HEALTHY COMMUNITY.

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