Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass (BBBS) is excited to announce that Chris Peck has been named as the next CEO of the organization.
“Chris’ extensive experience as the CEO of a non-profit, his lifetime of work helping children and his deep connection to the Bluegrass area position him to keep BBBS moving in the right direction from day one,” Adam Smith, BBBS Board Vice Chair and Incoming Chair said. “The Board can’t wait to start working with Chris to advance the mission, strategy, values and goals of our organization, including helping all children to achieve their potential.”
Peck is an experienced executive leader with more than 15 years in the non-profit sector, including 12 years of proven management experience with deep strengths in program and project planning, business and donor development, community engagement, public speaking and marketing. He has dedicated his professional life to serving communities throughout Kentucky, and more specifically supporting youth and families involved in the child welfare system.
Most recently, Peck served as the Director of Bellewood & Brooklawn’s Therapeutic Foster Care and Independent Living Programs in Louisville, where he was responsible for all aspects of departmental programming and fiscal performance. For 11 years prior, Peck served as the President/CEO of Hope Hill Youth Services. In addition to overseeing general operations, he was instrumental in raising capital, growing revenue, and expanding services to more than 30 counties in central and eastern Kentucky.
Peck is a past Big Brother in Montgomery County, an active member of the Children’s Alliance of Kentucky, serves on the Board of Directors of Traditional Bank and has participated on multiple Governor-appointed and Congressional task forces regarding the well-being of children and families. He lives in Winchester, KY, with his wife, Becca, and their three girls.
Interim CEO, Afton Fairchild, who has led BBBS since June, has accepted a position with a different non-profit.
“We are very grateful to Afton for her many contributions to BBBS, including her work guiding the agency through this leadership transition,” Smith said.
“While I’m sad to be leaving, I know Chris personally and firmly believe that he will be a wonderful asset to BBBS,” Fairchild said. “I am confident that under the leadership of Chris and our Board, BBBS (much like our Littles), has a wonderfully bright future ahead of it!”
BBBS’ mission is to create and support one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. The organization aims to defend the potential of children in Central Kentucky by creating lasting relationships with mentors who provide support and encouragement to help them achieve their dreams.