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Featured business person: Debbie Lutz

  • Published Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012, at 9:58 p.m.

It doesn’t surprise Lutz that she’s spent nearly 30 years with a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing mentors for at-risk children.

“I thought I would,” she said. “I actually started when I was (a student) at Friends. I did my field experience here. Being a case manager you see the impact a volunteer has in the life of these kids.”

Lutz starts her new job Tuesday. She’ll be responsible for program development and child safety statewide.

Lutz, 51, grew up in Wichita and graduated from North High and Friends University.

Since starting at Big Brothers Big Sisters in 1983, she’s worked as a case manager, case manager supervisor, director of recruitment and corporate relations and regional director.

“I’ve been here long enough, I know adults who were ‘littles’ in our program,” she said.

She’s also seen it grow from an agency serving the Wichita area to a statewide organization.

“We’re the second largest in the country, and we’re very proud of that,” Lutz said.

Outside work, Lutz enjoys playing the piano, spending time with her family and watching the St. Louis Cardinals with her husband, Wichita Eagle sports columnist Bob Lutz.

She couldn’t resist a plug for her organization’s biggest need – volunteers, especially men.

“We have 700 children waiting in Sedgwick County. Six hundred of them are boys. We never have enough men.”

Joe Stumpe

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