MIDLOTHIAN — Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ellis County have a few "big" changes to announce, as the organization has made a little shakeup to its hierarchy.

The biggest change to the staff is the naming of Brandon Honeycutt as the new Executive Director and Enrollment Specialist for the Ellis County office. He is an executive professional with over 20 years experience in ministry, organizational development, strategic, planning, and administration, while he has also pastored growing churches, has served on several corporate boards, and has been CEO of various Nonprofit organizations.

Honeycutt received a BA from Hardin-Simmons University, an MDiv from Logsdon Seminary, and a post-graduate designation in executive leadership from NICL. He is also currently finishing his doctorate in Leadership and Creative Communication at Southwestern University.

Honeycutt lives in Midlothian with his wife Sarai and their four children — Jordan, Jonathan, Scott, and Daniel. In a BBBS press release, Honeycutt noted he "loves the mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters and looks forward to serving the kids of Ellis County."

Susan Smith is an Americorps Volunteers in Service to America for Big Brothers Big Sisters, with a keen eye on volunteering in Ellis County. Smith grew up in southeast Dallas and attended Brigham Young University-Idaho, where she majored in History.

The press release noted Smith wants to "take part in the effort to changes children’s lives by serving in Ellis County."

Smith will assist in expanding the capacity of BBBS to serve kids with mentoring in a variety of new programs.

The last addition to the BBBS staff is Scott Surplus, a local CPA and private investor, who will serve as a new board member.

Surplus retired in 2014 as a vice president in accounting after a 30-year career with HollyFrontier Corporation, a Dallas-based petroleum refining company. Although already active in BBBS, Surplus has been in his most recent match for three years. He also volunteers regularly for Meals-On-Wheels, Make-A-Wish, and the Ovilla United Methodist Church. Surplus has a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Texas at Arlington.

Duke Burge, Michelle Fisher, David Grifin, Cammy Jackson, and Demetrius McClendon also serve on the Board of Directors for BBBS Ellis County.

For more information on this program, please contact Brandon Honeycutt at bhoneycutt@bbbstx.org.