About Us

Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha is a 501(c)(3) youth serving organization.  Founded in 1973 by the YWCA, Big Sisters of Neenah-Menasha emerged because mentoring opportunities did not exist for girls.  It was not until the early 80's that our organization began to serve boys.  In August of 1984, after much consideration, we changed our name to Best Friends of Neenah-Menasha and opened up our program to both boys and girls!

As a partner agency of United Way Fox Cities and with strong support from the community we are here today, proudly serving the children and families of the Neenah-Menasha area.


Jaime Kriewaldt, Executive Director

Samantha Bratz, Administrative Assistant

Maia VanGroll, Program Service Coordinator

Patti Houlihan, Program Services Coordinator

Lisa Thiede, Family Services Coordinator

Janet Schlueter, Accountant

Johnna VanDeurzen, Community Relations & Development

Mission Statement

To help young people thrive through the power of mentoring friendships and supportive family networks.

Board of Directors

Jeff Williams, President

Kimberly-Clark Corp.

Mike Schmidt, Vice-President

Northrop Grumman Corporation

John Werner, Secretary

Grant Thorton

Ashley Vandermause, Treasurer

Verve, A Credit Union

Phil Jankowski

Verve, A Credit Union

Tiffany Carter

Miller Electric

Brian Rhodes

Oshkosh Corporation

Nathan Bilodeau

Associated Bank