After 12 years with Dodge City Community College, Ryan Ausmus has a change of scenery.

Ausmus has been named the Southwest Kansas area director for Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters.

A community-based mentoring program, KSBBBS matches youths ages 6-18 with adult mentors, ensuring safety and quality through its case management system.

"We are thrilled that Ryan has chosen to join the Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters family," said Kansas Big Brothers Big Sisters president Mary Shannon. "We are confident in his leadership abilities to help grow the number of youth served in southwest Kansas, as well as provide the necessary resources to ensure sustainability and growth.

"His knowledge of, engagement in and love for his community will help open the doors wide to dramatically increasing youth served."

Ausmus was the dean of workforce development at DCCC and also serves on the Dodge City USD 443 board of education. He is also on the Community Foundation of Southwest Kansas Board of Directors, Dodge City Credit Union Board of Directors, Genesis Family Health Board of Directors, Harvest America Corporation Board of Directors and Western Plains Medical Complex Board of Trustees.

"I look forward to building a great program in southwest Kansas," Ausmus said. "I proudly joined Big Brothers Big Sisters as a big brother in 2006.

"Being a mentor has been a very rewarding experience. I would recommend this program to anyone wanting to make a difference in a child’s life.

"This organization has developed many meaningful, long-term relationships that not only benefit youth, but ultimately, strengthen our communities in education, health and future workforce development."

To learn more about the KSBBBS program, contact Ausmus at


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