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Big Brothers Big Sisters official takes program to heart

Big Brothers Big Sisters official takes program to heart

August 29th, 2011 in News

Big Brothers/Big Sisters program director Lee Knernschield talks with a reporter Friday morning, Aug. 26, 2011, at the organization's office in the Knowles YMCA annex in Jefferson City.

Photo by Kelley McCall

Besides being a mother of three, Lee Knernschield is a "big sister."

Knernschield is the program director of Missouri Valley Big Brothers Big Sisters, but most importantly, she is a mentor to a young child herself and has been for eight years.

Knernschield's pairing is a school-based commitment, which means she meets with her "little sister' during school hours, typically on Knernschield's lunch hour.

When Knernschield joined Big Brothers Big Sisters, she had just given birth to her second child. She immediately recognized and identified with the mission of the organization.