Local/Regional News
12:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters Announces New Leadership

BBBS Chairman Alan Stein, Incoming President and CEO Ralph Coldiron, and current President Eric Ward.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bluegrass has announced Ralph Coldiron as their next President and CEO.

A former executive of the Coldiron Oil Company and Fazolis, Coldiron has a history of working with children's charities, including the Kentucky Children's Hospital and Lexington Dream Factory.  BBBS Chairman Alan Stein says he was pleased at Coldiron's willingness to continue this service. 

“We’re really excited that he wants to cap his career by serving others and having some meaningful work in his life," Stein said. 

When asked about priorities, Coldiron touched upon aspects such as the nonprofit's coprorate partners, but he says the most important task is dealing with a backlog of children seeking mentors. 

"We've got 350 kids that we’re serving right now, with 100 waiting. I think it’s our job, to find the money, to help the 100 kids that want those matches," he said.  

Coldiron will be replacing Eric Ward, who was brought on in February 2012 after Big Brothers Big Sisters was dealing with the aftermath of a $432,000 embezzlement scandal.  The nonprofit declined to comment on the case.