Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho today announced last week that former Boise City Police Chief Don Pierce has been named the agency's new CEO. Since 1979, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho has been the premier youth mentoring organization in the Treasure Valley, matching caring adults with children in one-to-one relationships. Pierce has served on the Board of Directors for the past two years and takes over as CEO from Cindy Mesko, who accepted an executive position with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America late last year.
Prior to joining Big Brothers Big Sisters as CEO, Pierce served 30 years as a law enforcement officer. He served several cities in the Northwest as police chief, including four years in Boise. Pierce has served on the Board of Directors of the United Way agencies in Bellingham, Washington and Boise, Idaho.
Pierce holds a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree from Washington State University. His major course of study was criminal justice and his minor course of study was sociology and social work. He is the first recipient of the Washington State University Excellence in Criminal Justice Award and has received several awards for his work in the area of human rights.
Big Brother Big Sisters of Southwest Idaho is a youth mentoring organization in the Treasure Valley, serving nearly 800 children last year. Through various agency programs, children from ages six through 18 are matched with a caring adult in one-to-one relationships, with friendship as the cornerstone. In 2003, Forbes placed Big Brothers Big Sisters on its Gold-Star list of the top 10 charities for its excellence in efficiency and effectiveness. For additional information, visit www.bbbsidaho.org.