Big Brothers Big Sisters names new Charlotte leader

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Charlotte has selected Donna Dunlap as the mentoring organization’s new chief executive officer, effective Feb. 16.

Dunlap comes to the agency after a 20-year career in leadership roles with Xerox and Microsoft, officials said. She is on the boards of several local nonprofits, including YWCA Central Carolinas, Girl Scouts Hornets’ Nest Council and the Levine Museum of the New South.

The agency conducted an extensive search for a new leader, said Martin Hurden, BBBS board vice chairman.

Former CEO Karen Calder returned to Classroom Central in the Fall, to serve as its executive director. Karen was the founding executive director of Classroom Central in 2002.

Bruce LaRowe, who has served as interim CEO since October, will continue in his role through March 1, to aid Dunlap in her transition, officials said.

Big Brothers Big Sisters matches adult volunteer mentors and children, ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country.