Jenny Fisher's list of duties is about to get a little longer.


Jenny Fisher's list of duties is about to get a little longer.
    Starting June 1, the executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ford County will take on additional responsibilities as an area supervisor for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters. Fisher's dual role will allow her to focus on the local agency while assisting  other Big Brothers Big Sisters programs in southwest Kansas.
    Fisher said that the details of the change haven't been ironed out yet, but it will not affect her work at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ford County.
    "Our program will not diminish in any way," she said. "We'll continue to grow and to build."
    Fisher's new role is part of a statewide staff reorganization effort, which includes appointing area supervisors to provide leadership, guidance and support to other Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies across the state.
    Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters is part of a national organization that serves children who need positive role models. The program matches at-risk children with adult mentors, who spend a few hours each month on activities they both enjoy on their way to a lasting, fruitful friendship.
    Until recently, most of Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters' management structure was in Wichita, said President and CEO Dan Soliday. The changes will spread the management structure across the state, allowing the organization to continue growing, he said.
    "We have incredible leadership all over the state of Kansas, so it lets us take advantage of our incredible leadership all across the state instead of just one area," he said.
    Soliday said the statewide organization will continue raising funds to help children needing mentors, but the changes will allow the organization to be more efficient and reduce its cost per match without affecting its mission.
    "We're going to maintain a high quality of service," he said.
    Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters currently serves 6,500 children across the state, and the Ford County agency serves more than 100 children each year.

Sharing ideas
    As an area supervisor, Fisher will assist Big Brothers Big Sisters agencies in Liberal and Scott City. The Liberal agency serves Seward, Haskell and Stevens counties, while Scott City serves Scott, Wichita and Greeley counties.
    Fisher said her new duties will allow her to trade ideas and resources with other Big Brothers Big Sisters officials throughout the region.
    "I think this is just a positive move in a positive direction as far as connecting us even further and being a little more involved with each other," she said. "I think we can be a better support to each other. As far as sharing information and ideas, that will be a great way to do it."