PUBLISHED: 12:51 PM on Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Wheeler named CEO of the Year

  Courtesy photo Marc Wheeler, executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska was named CEO of the Year. Joining him at the convention were Judy Vredenburgh, president and CEO of BBBS of America, far right, and Wheeler's sister, Monique Wheeler, far left, and mother, Edna Wheeler.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of America honored Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southeast Alaska with its 2006 CEO of the Year award during the BBBS national conference in Indianapolis, Ind.

Agency executive Marc Wheeler was chosen among leaders of mid-sized BBBS agencies, who served between 500 and 1000 children annually. The agency also received an honorable mention for 2006 Agency of the Year, placing among the top three in the country.

"This is an incredible honor for Marc, and for the agency," said BBBS of Southeast Alaska board president, Heather Haugland of Juneau. "Under Marc's leadership as CEO, the number of children served by our agency has quadrupled. It's exciting to see that recognized."

A nationwide panel of staff peers and volunteers judged the awards, and used criteria such as growth in number of children served, revenue growth and program quality.

"We're committed to reaching our goal of finding a Big Brother or Big Sister for every Southeast Alaskan child that needs and wants one," Wheeler said. "I want to thank all our volunteers, children, partners, staff and donors for helping us reach our goal and for making this award possible."

BBBS of Southeast Alaska served 560 youth in one-to-one mentoring relationships in 2005 in the communities of Juneau, Sitka, Ketchikan, Yakutat, Hoonah, Haines, Skagway, Klukwan and Metlakatla.