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 began working at 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 from the University of Oklahoma in 2014, successfully completing research about the benefits of career networking.

Gordon feels her purpose at Bridges is to help students remove obstacles to education by guiding them through academic, career and networking opportunities, and offering words of encouragement as students navigate through the challenges of high school and higher education. Bianca has a daughter, Chesna, and lives in Norman.

bgordon@bridgesnorman.org

Pam Robeson
Business & Communications Manager

Pam Robeson is the Business & Communications Manager at Bridges of Norman. She joined the staff in March 2019. Pam grew up in a military family and has lived many places, from Germany to Alaska. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism/ Mass Communication- Advertising from the University of Oklahoma, and later a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Rose State College.

Pam has worked as a media planner at an ad agency in New York City, a communications director for a church , and as a respiratory therapist at a heart hospital. She has a strong desire to serve others, and has traveled to Honduras and Ecuador on mission trips. Pam is also currently a medical DART (Disaster Assistance Relief Team) member for Samaritan’s Purse.

Pam is actively involved in the community as the President of the Norman North Cross Country & Track Booster Club, a member of the Alameda Church of Christ, and has served as a leader of several ministries. She feels her purpose at Bridges is to help students succeed by setting them up with housing, helping them learn independent living skills, building relationships, and actively communicating with the community to let them know the extraordinary work that Bridges does. She is passionate about learning and partnering with volunteers, donors, and other community agencies to help fulfill the mission of Bridges.

Pam is married to her husband, Todd. They have two sons, Luke & Payt, both at Norman North.

probeson@bridgesnorman.org

Bailey Hackler
Case manager

Bailey Hackler, Bridges Case Manager, joined the Bridges family in September 2019. Their interest in social work was sparked after they began their capstone practicum in February of 2018 at Crossroads Youth and Family Services Emergency Youth Shelter. They received their Bachelor of Science in psychology with a sociology minor in May of 2017 and is currently pursuing a Master of Social Work degree at the University of Oklahoma.

Bailey was born and raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma and has lived in Norman for 6 years. Their favorite part of working at Bridges is developing strong relationships with our students in order to help them be successful in all parts of their lives, including financially, academically, professionally, and socially. Bailey especially enjoys facilitating the weekly Life Skills classes at Norman High, in which we teach our students techniques and provide them resources that will be helpful throughout their lives.

Bailey strives for a career that is founded on assisting people and bettering their lives by providing support and guidance to break cycles of trauma and allowing individuals to regain control of their their agency by approaching their work through a social, political, and historical lens. They are on track to receive their Master ‘s degree in May 2021.

bhackler@bridgesnorman.org

Samantha Stevens
Program Specialist/ Case Manager

Samantha Stevens is the Program Specialist/ Case Manager for Bridges’ day center, The Spot.

Samantha was born an raised in Oklahoma. She earneda Bachelor of Arts degree in 2013 from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Social Work degree in 2015. Samantha has worked as a family advocate in head start programs for Community Action Agency and Crossroads Youth and Family Services. She has worked with teen parents in the Baby Steps program, a collaboration between Crossroads and Norman Public Schools that supports high school students in parenting and completing their high school education, while providing a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment for their children.

Samantha enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with family. She feels her purpose at Bridges is to create a safe, fun, and engaging place for young people to come while also providing social service supports and necessities.

sstevens@bridgesnorman.org