The Board of Trustees of the Catholic Big Sisters and Big Brothers (CBSBB), has appointed Vidhya R. Kelly, LMSW, as the new Executive Director of the 115 year old nonprofit organization. Ms. Kelly brings a wealth of experience in mentoring and youth development working with vulnerable populations. “We are thrilled to have Vidhya’s guidance, energy, enthusiasm and expertise" said Joseph A. Pollicino, Jr., CBSBB President of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Kelly begins her term on February 1, 2017.
Ms. Kelly has spent her entire career in youth development, most recently as Chief Program Officer at Harlem RBI, where she supervised Harlem RBI’s East Harlem and South Bronx kindergarten through college continuum. Prior to Harlem RBI, Ms. Kelly spent 15 years at Big Brothers and Big Sisters of New York City rising to Deputy Executive Director where she developed specialized programs to serve the city’s most vulnerable youth, including teen mothers, new immigrants and children with disabilities and opened up satellite offices in the South Bronx, Jamaica, Queens and East New York, Brooklyn. In this capacity, Ms. Kelly testified extensively at government, corporate and professional conferences as a recognized leader in the field of mentoring. “I am honored to be leading CBSBB at this time in its history and excited to build on its solid reputation and its many contributions to the field of mentoring,” said Ms. Kelly.
Vidhya is a first generation American from India, where she often travels and has been involved in supporting the educational needs of impoverished children and adults living in the villages of south India. She also coaches in several youth sports leagues throughout New York City including Peter Stuyvesant Little League, Manhattan Kickers Soccer Club and CYO basketball League. She is the mother of a 10-year old daughter and twin 8-year old sons, and resides in New York City with her husband. She holds an MSW degree from NYU and a B.A. from Lehigh University.