Bridges Staff

Bridges is a small non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Our staff is small, but mighty! Each person takes on a variety of responsibilities and makes a huge impact on the day-to-day operations, and in the lives of our students.

Stacy Bruce
Executive Director

Stacy grew up the daughter of a football coach, which means she moved towns every 4 years. However, it was Norman that she chose to call home. Stacy graduated from Norman High in 1993. She then attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts.

After college, Stacy began a career with the YMCA. She worked in Dallas, Tulsa, OKC, and also Norman. She held positions from health and wellness director to branch director, to most recently Vice President of Operations at the Cleveland County YMCA in Norman.

In November of 2016, Stacy left a career of almost 20 years with the YMCA to become the Executive Director at Bridges of Norman. The mission: “empowering high school students in family crisis to pursue education without obstacles” was what really sold Stacy on the career move. Working with young people, addressing critical issues in the community, and helping youth succeed are all passions of Stacy’s. Bridges’ mission and Stacy’s aspirations are synonymous and reflective of her commiment, focus, and passion for helping people.

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors at the Norman Chamber of Commerce, Stacy has Co-Chaired the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Tomorrows Leaders program, the Norman Chamber of Commerce Women’s Leadership Committee, and was the Vice Chair of programs for the Norman Chamber of Commerce. Stacy also serves as the Chairman on the Norman Citizen’s Advisory Board, the Norman Public Schools Transportation Advisory Board, and is a proud alumnus of the Norman Police Department’s Citizen Police Academy and Leadership Norman 2015. She is a member of the Sooner Rotary Club in Norman, and a member of Life Church.

Stacy is married to husband, Shannon, and together they have two amazing children, Madison and Landon.

sbruce@bridgesnorman.org

BIANCA GORDON
ASSOCIATE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Bianca Gordon joined Bridges in September 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in
music from the University of Tulsa in 2000, and a Master of Arts degree in mass communication
management (strategic communication) from the University of Oklahoma in 2014, successfully
completing research about the benefits of professional networking. Part of her role as associate
executive director includes connecting students living at Bridges with career exploration, jobs,
tutors and mentors. Gordon oversees the development of the organization’s employment
program by matching student interests with host businesses.

Gordon also coordinates life skills activities and supervises the organization’s resident advisors

Gordon serves on the board of directors for the historic Norman Depot where she is chair of the
marketing and development committee and is an appointed member of the Norman Public
Library board. She is also an adjunct public relations research and writing professor at Gaylord
College of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Oklahoma. Gordon founded
Spire Public Relations in 2016.

Gordon has a daughter, Chesna, and is an insatiable learner who loves spending time with
family, doing real estate on the side and playing trivia. Gordon is a sixth generation Oklahoman.

bgordon@bridgesnorman.org

Sarah johnson
Director of social services

Sarah Johnson is one of Bridges’ newer staff members, joining the team in October 2020. She was a collegiate athlete, graduating with an undergraduate degree in Two-Dimensional Design. She went on to
pursue her Masters in Human Relations at The University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in Alternative Therapies.

After college, Sarah started her career working in Child Protective Services with Cleveland County’s most
at risk youth. She then worked for Big Brothers Big Sisters for almost 10 years, most recently as their
Vice President of Enrollment and Customer Relations. While at BBBSOK, Sarah also worked underneath a
family therapist as a Certified Behavioral Health Case Manager specifically with high-risk youth and
adolescence.

Because of her own life circumstances, she knew an education was her chance to change her future
path. It’s also what drew her to Bridges’ mission. She hopes to continue to change the trajectory of at
risk youth.

Besides working at Bridges, Sarah serves on the Board for Friends for Folks, and coaches a competitive traveling 12U Softball team. She enjoys volunteering with community organizations, including Make-A-Wish and Calm Waters. She also has two furbabies, Diego and Deela, both French Bulldogs.

sjohnson@bridgesnorman.org

Jennifer Reardon
Business & Communications manager

Jennifer Reardon was born and raised in Southern California. She studied elementary education at Cypress Community College and Biola University. She spent time in Seal Beach and Newport Beach as a restaurant manager, catering director, and event planner. Her family moved to Norman in 2006 to live near her brother, Kenny Gajewski, head softball coach at Oklahoma State University. Jennifer’s career in business management continued in Norman where she served as restaurant manager and catering director of Benvenuti’s Ristorante, followed by her role as managing partner, owner, and catering director of El Toro Chino. 

Today, Jennifer is excited to blend her extensive business management experience with her passion for ministering to young people. She finds inspiration and purpose in Bridges’ mission to empower high school students to pursue education without obstacles. 

Jennifer is married to her husband, Gerry, and they enjoy being parents to their amazing teenage daughter, Kiley. She also treasures her role as bonus mom to son, Alex, a musician. Together, they are active members of Timber Creek Fellowship Church.  

“I hope to make a difference in each student’s life by being a consistent encourager, believing that one kind word can actually change a life. I wholeheartedly believe that these students’ circumstances do not define them. Their story isn’t over, it’s just beginning!”

jreardon@bridgesnorman.org