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Board of Directors

At Bridges of Norman, we are proud to have phenomenal board members who make sure we serve our students and community at the highest possible standard. This dedicated group of individuals go above and beyond to care for our students and staff, and we couldn’t be more grateful to them.

Vincent Deberry
President of the Board

"I am very fortunate that my 'day job' allows me to make a positive impact on people living in our state every day on a systemic level. Serving on the board of Bridges provides me those same impacts closer to home with youth in Norman. I get to see the faces of these incredible young people and know we are making a difference in their lives." Vincent is the Executive Director of the OU Center for Public Management.

Tory Tedder-Loffland
Past President of the Board

"In a successful society, members must contribute, be accountable for their actions, and responsible with their resources. What we often forget is these traits are taught to us and developed from childhood. Bridges steps in to provide the foundation on which its students can build a successful life."
Tory is the Education & Outreach Coordinator for OEC.

Rhonda Burton
Secretary of the Board

"I am honored to serve on the board at Bridges and have had the opportunity to see first hand the tremendous impact this organization has on young people's lives. I have had several former students who have lived at Bridges and it has quite literally given them hope for a better life and the chance to achieve their dreams."
Rhonda is a Counselor at Cleveland Elementary.

Lisa Dionisio
Finance Chair

"I serve on the Bridges board because I believe that education paves the path to success. There are many obstacles to education that our youth face that most people are not even aware of. I feel honored to be able to serve an organization that works alongside the youth to help remove those obstacles and ensure their future success."
Lisa is Owner of Paxus CPA Group

Constanzia Nizza

Constanzia Nizza

"Bridges makes a positive impact on the trajectory of young people's lives who are experiencing family crisis. After nearly a decade of serving Oklahoma's children and families in a professional capacity, I am honored to contribute to these positive impacts by serving on the Bridges board."
Constanzia is Chief of Staff for the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs

Deborah Binkley Jackson

"The work Bridges does with some of Oklahoma's most underserved youth has proven monumental in disrupting cycles of poverty, various forms of abuse, and scholastic dropout. I am proud to spend just a portion of my time as a member of the board in effort to continue the excellent governance of this mission."
Deborah is the Director for Project Threshold at the University of Oklahoma

David John

“I believe that everyone should be provided an opportunity to obtain a quality education as a child and young adult. Without this foundation there is little chance that anyone will continue to thrive in the long term. Education is the cornerstone of our democracy. When children and young adults are forced to make the choice between food and shelter and a quality education; we all suffer the consequences of our inaction.“
David is Systems Operations Administrator at OMES, DCAM Office of Facility Management

Joan Costello

"Hundreds of things go into helping the students Bridges serves to succeed and stay in high school; whether that is food and a safe place to sleep, getting their driver's license, filling out job or college applications, getting healthcare, or making a financial budget. By serving on the board, I help the wonderful staff of this important organization accomplish these things."
Joan is a retired restaurant entrepreneur.

Marcy Fleming

"It is very difficult to be your better self when you're hungry, scared, or in need of a shower or clean clothes. Students in family crisis often can't meet these basic needs, but Bridges fills this gap and gives students a chance to find their own path and succeed. I serve because of that look in a student's eye when they realize this is for them, they are safe, and that they are cared about- for real. We mean it."
Marcy is the Director for HR Systems, Communications, and Data Solutions at the University of Oklahoma.

Sarah Smith

"I serve on this amazing board to help students have a better chance to succeed in high school, work, and life. I love that we can provide a safe and supportive environment for young adults to live on their own, but for them to have access to resources and caring adults that they need. I think it is so amazing that they can learn life skills, go to school, work, and graduate all with the help of this organization."
Sarah is a CPA at Classic Vision and a contractor for Armstrong Bank.

Michael Eastmond

I first became involved with Bridges by attending the Prom 2.0 fundraiser, almost on a whim. As I learned more about its cause and developed relationships with board members and staff, the more I wanted to deepen my involvement beyond simply making monetary contributions. The kids at Bridges are working so hard to overcome obstacles life has placed in their paths, and they deserve all the help we can give them, which really struck a chord with me. I’m extremely proud to be involved with this organization.
Michael is an Audit Partner at Grant Thornton LLP in Oklahoma City

Brian McPherson

"Every kid deserves a shot at 'normal.' I have served with Bridges to see that happen for our Norman high schoolers. Witnessing their rise, success, and the promise of a chance to thrive is my why."
Brian is an Insurance Agent for Shelter Insurance

Sharon Heatly

"We can't change past experiences, but an organization such as Bridges can support and guide a teen to change their future. I serve to help teens have the same advantages as other teens by getting a quality education. The empowerment that takes place at Bridges changes their entire perception of life and their future. Seeing students' pride in graduating from high school and being ready for college or other avenues validates why Bridges is a life-changer!"
Sharon is the Director of Counseling and Student Advocacy at Norman Public Schools.

Eric Lehenbauer

"I've lived in the Norman area most of my life and love this community. Long ago I made the choice to work in public service, and to do so in Norman. Throughout my career, I've seen the benefits of the Bridges program and jumped at the chance to serve here when I saw a position open on the board. I feel the best way to make improvements in our community, and in society in general, is to help our youth. Helping young people to realize their potential, overcome hardship, and succeed in life is perhaps the most rewarding experience one can have! I feel it a privilege to be able to participate."
Eric is a Captain in the Norman Police Department.

Eileen Paternostro

"Every child deserves the opportunity to reach their potential. I serve to help kids during their most formative years to develop into the best young adults possible. It is rewarding to see a young person complete their education, gain life skills, and impact them as a future community adult for a lifetime."
Eileen works as a Delivery Manager at Amazon.

Peter Liesenfeld

"The work that Bridges does- helping high school students with a place to live and people who watch out for them- literally changes lives. These students who have nowhere else to turn are welcomed and given opportunity to not only graduate high school, but to learn life skills and get career coaching and mentoring. I serve on the Bridges board because of the better future that they offer students in Norman."
Peter is the Chief Technology Officer for Norman Public Schools.

Emily Virgin

"I love serving on the Bridges board because as a community, we have a responsibility to ensure that every child is safe and supported. The best investment we can make as a state and as a community is in our young people, and we see the results of this investment every single year when Bridges students graduate and go on to the next step in their journey, using the skills and support that Bridges has provided to them."
Emily is a State Representative for the State of Oklahoma.