The Bigs Council is an engaged group of Bigs who want to create opportunities for mentors to network with each other, help recruit new Bigs, and support the agency’s fundraising efforts.

Council Leadership and Members

DeeDe Pinckney


Meridith Whitaker

Vice Chairperson

Beverly Williford

Vice Chairperson

Jessica Spencer

Joe Rick

Jill Petras

Jim Carros

Vivian Blount

Heather Widener

Brittany Speas

Morgan Simmons

Gloryana Nelson

Demetria Nickens

Jocelyn Price

Cue in the Quarter


‘Cue in the Quarter planned for Sept. 8 by Bigs Council

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.― ‘Cue in the Quarter, planned by the Bigs Council of Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, will have more than 75 Big Brothers and Sisters, as well as their Littles, attending this free event, which will be held behind the Kimpton Cardinal (former RJR Building) at the corner of Fourth and North Church streets from 5-9:30 p.m on Friday, Sept. 8.

Tours of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, dinner, camaraderie and more will culminate with the viewing of “Back to the Future” at Bailey Park, part of the Innovation & Cinema Series.

“The Bigs Council is made up of Big Brothers and Sisters who want to further support the agency by providing opportunities for Bigs and Littles to come together and build relationships. Other goals include recruiting volunteers and supporting the agency’s fundraising events, such as Bowl for Kids’ Sake,” said DeeDe Pinckney, Bigs Council chairperson.

The event was made possible by Jim Carros, a Big Brother and Senior Finance Manager with RAI, and Billy Hinshaw, who also works at RAI and is a barbecue master. Hinshaw is donating his time, talent and cooking skills for the event. Other Bigs Council members are providing the side dishes, paper products, drinks, decorations and more. The members are: Meridith Whitaker, Beverly Williford, Joe Rick, Heather Widener, Jessica Spencer, Jill Petras, Gloryana Nelson, Anthoula Carros, Jocelyn Moye, Vivian Blount and Demetria Nickens.

“Our agency is grateful to have a highly engaged group of volunteers who are passionate about helping children succeed and supporting our volunteer recruitment and fundraising efforts,” said Shawan Gabriel, president and CEO of Big Brothers Big Sisters Services.

Holiday Parade


For the several years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has participated in the annual Winston-Salem Jaycees Parade, which will be held on the first Saturday in December. It's a fun event for our volunteer Bigs and their mentees Littles. The group is always excited to participate in the parade, and it gives the organization some additional exposure. The Bigs Council wants as many people as possible to know about the great work being done to help the youth of our community through mentoring. Seeing the interactions of our Bigs and Littles in person offers a great testament to the power of positive role models in a child's life.