Big2Big

Big2Big is a group of dedicated and experienced mentors here to support and create a community for all Bigs at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Massachusetts. Big2Big members are here to offer peer-to-peer support and guidance through one-on-one calls and group sessions.

How Big2Big Works

One on One Calls
Connect with one of our Big2Big members to talk about challenges in your match, brainstorm solutions, and navigate being a mentor. More information about our members and scheduling links are below!

Group Sessions
Join your fellow Bigs for virtual sessions, led by Big2Big members, to share ideas and hear other perspectives on a myriad of mentoring experiences. Group call topics and registration will be shared on a quarterly basis by your Match Advocate, in our weekly emails, and on our social media pages!

Click below to learn more about the Big2Big Members!
  • Sean Antonuccio
    Sean Antonuccio
    Big Brother

    Little’s Age: Turning 11 in November
    Match Length: 1 year
    Fav match activity: Playing basketball either at the local park or using the door hoop in his house
    Fav match moment: Kayaking from the Longfellow Bridge to the Harvard Bridge and back
    Biggest match challenge: Convincing Little to try new activities
    Can help talk about: In-person and virtual outing ideas, building a solid and sincere rapport with Little, setting appropriate boundaries, exhibiting patience and understanding
    Big Leaguer’s pronouns: He/Him/His
    Fun Fact about B2B member: Enjoys cycling throughout the Greater Boston area.
    Fav C: Connection
    Fav thing about Little: His outgoingness, energy, and cleverness, all of which is exhibited when he raps/sings and dances!
    Describe experience as a Big in one word: Rewarding

  • Brian Chen
    Brian Chen
    Big Brother

    Little’s Age: 12 as of January 2020
    Match Length: 3 years (now an alum with occasional hangouts throughout the year)
    Fav match activity: Going swimming, eating pizza, and anything Pokemon-related
    Fav match moment: Watching Brandon learn to surf for the first time at Nahant Beach
    Biggest match challenge: The logistical challenge of living ~1 hour away from each other
    Can help talk about: Fostering confidence, navigating family dynamics, effective communication, fun activities, logistical challenges (ex: transportation, Uber partnership), being a role model without being a parent
    Big Leaguer’s pronouns: He/Him/His
    Fun Fact about B2B member: Recently learned how to do the “floss” dance
    Fav C: Caring
    Fav thing about Little: His wit, tied with his courage to try anything and everything
    Describe experience as a Big in one word: Cultivating

  • Peter Coffin
    Peter Coffin
    Big Brother

    Little’s Age: Turning 16 in August
    Match Length: 6 years
    Fav match activity: Sushi before hitting the arcade
    Fav match moment: Scoring Red Sox tickets behind home plate
    Biggest match challenge: Connecting beyond surface level convos
    Can help talk about: Breaking through initial awkwardness, navigating family dynamics, keeping the spark alive and introducing new ideas/outings into the mix
    Big Leaguer’s pronouns: He/Him/His
    Fun Fact about B2B member: Has seen every episode of The Great British Baking Show at least 4 times
    Fav C: Confidence
    Fav thing about Little: His constant curiosity
    Describe experience as a Big in one word: Eye-opening

  • Laney Spaziani
    Laney Spaziani
    Big Sister

    Little’s Age: 8
    Match Length: 1.5 year
    Fav match activity: Arts & crafts – in non-covid times, we love the $3 craft sessions at Michaels
    Fav match moment: Leniah getting over her fear of my dog
    Biggest match challenge: Getting her to be active and pushing her to move – even a walk down the block takes a lot of prodding! Also people assume i’m her mother a lot and it’s a sticking point for her, so we have to deal with that sometimes.
    Can help talk about: Arts & crafts ideas, outdoor recreation ideas and destinations.
    Big Leaguer’s pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Fun Fact about B2B member: I grew up in Germany and used to live on a boat
    Fav C: Caring
    Fav thing about Little: When she pretends like she’s having an awful time and then i see her smiling when she thinks i’m not looking
    Describe experience as a Big in one word: Wonderful

  • Katherine Swimm
    Katherine Swimm
    Big Sister

    Little’s Age: 13.5
    Match Length: 2.5 years
    Fav match activity: Cooking Hello Fresh together!
    Fav match moment: Seeing Damani gain confidence and take the lead in conversations we have together
    Biggest match challenge: Communication and scheduling outings
    Can help talk about: Creating rapport and working with a Little who is more shy, managing family relationships and communication issues, helping instill confidence, setting boundaries
    Big Leaguer’s pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Fun Fact about B2B member: I perform in a feminist cabaret every year
    Fav C: Connection
    Fav thing about Little: Her geniuine happiness and high spirits.
    Describe experience as a Big in one word: Rewarding

  • Anandavalli Thiagarajan
    Anandavalli Thiagarajan
    Big Sister

    Little’s Age: Turning 13 in October 2020
    Match Length: 6 years
    Fav match activity: Pottery painting, anything with arts and crafts
    Fav match moment: Watching little overcoming fear of heights by completing a elevated challenge course
    Biggest match challenge: Little gets distracted very easily
    Can help talk about: Match outing ideas, maintaining relationship with guardian, how to search for free and cheap outings
    Big Leaguer’s pronouns: She/Her/Hers
    Fun Fact about B2B member: Can speak four languages
    Fav C: Connection
    Fav thing about Little: Sense of humor, positive outlook towards life
    Describe experience as a Big in one word: Humbling

  • Zachary Zakas
    Zachary Zakas
    Big Brother

    Little’s Age: 15
    Match Length: 4 years
    Fav match activity: Getting coffee/going out to eat
    Fav match moment: Going to Tayqwonn’s 8th grade graduation
    Biggest match challenge: In the early years, was difficult to have much conversation. As he’s grown older we have much more to talk about.
    Can help talk about: Virtual and in-person outings, building relationships with adult supporters, bonding with a little who is shy or younger aged.
    Big Leaguer’s pronouns: He/Him/His
    Fun Fact about B2B member: Loves hockey, played in Canada (Nova Scotia & PEI)
    Fav C: Caring
    Fav thing about Little: His sense of humor
    Describe experience as a Big in one word: Authentic