Tiffany Williams and her little sister spend time together every week through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.

Assistant Professor of Pediatric Dentistry, Tiffany Williams, D.D.S. (M.S.D. ’14), has been selected as Big Sister of the Year by local non-profit mentoring organization, Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. She will be celebrated at the organization’s Fall Gala on Oct. 18 at VCU’s Institute for Contemporary Art.

As honorees, Williams and her “little sister” will be featured in various media outlets distributed by Big Brothers Big Sisters through 2021.

“This honor was totally unexpected and I am super humbled to have received the award,” Williams says. “My decision to work with Big Brothers Big Sisters was a no brainer since I had done so in the past when I lived in North Carolina. My “little sister” is such a wonderful 7-year-old. Full of spirit and super adventurous. I love hanging out with her weekly and the honor is just the icing on the cake to the time that I get to spend with her.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters Services, Inc. serves almost 600 youth annually in Greater Richmond, Hampton Roads, Virginia Peninsula, and the Tri-Cities. Youth (Littles) are committed, along with their parent/guardian and mentor (Bigs) to discover who they are, cultivate abilities to shape their own lives, and learn how to engage with and contribute to the world around them.

“The 2019 honorees were selected out of nearly 600 mentors based on nominations by Big Brothers Big Sisters professional staff,” says Ann Rohde Payes, the organization’s executive director. “Each year we honor our top mentors who have demonstrated commitment to our mission of creating one-to-one mentoring relationships that ignite the power and promise of youth. Tiffany has created consistent meaningful interactions with her little sister to empower her to make positive choices.”

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