Jill Martin

December 18th, 2015

Jillian MartinJill’s professional career has been long and checkered, involving law, foreign travel, intrigue, mountain climbing, and, inevitably, the PTA. She has lived near New York City in the Larchmont/Mamaroneck community for almost 25 years. Her first trip to Nicaragua was to Bilwi with her husband and daughters in December 2001. She has since returned, by her count, “a lot” of times. She likes choral singing, independent movies, yoga and dogs. Her husband, Dick, an international lawyer, is envious that he has not yet gotten the opportunity to portage a dugout canoe in Siuna.

Shannon White

December 18th, 2015

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Bart Tyler

December 18th, 2015

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Jules Lehr

December 18th, 2015

Jules Lehr is a software engineer/analyst at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital, West Chester, PA. She received an Associate’s degree in liberal Arts from York College and an Information Technology Associate’s degree from Penn State University York campus. Following a 20 year career as a programmer analyst/project manager at Siemens, Jules began working at Penn Medicine Chester County Hospital where she has been for the last ten years. She received her paramedic certification in 2010 and volunteered part time as a paramedic for three years. Currently, Jules attends West Chester University and is working toward her Health Science B.S. degree. She is an avid runner, having completed five marathons and participated in many races including a triathlon and is also an enthusiastic CrossFitter. She currently resides in Doningtown, PA.

Nancy Doon

December 18th, 2015

Nancy is an experienced manager of New York City environmental analyses and documentation in accordance with CEQR, DEQRA, and NEPA guidelines. She is well-versed in New York City’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedure and has managed applications to the City Planning Commission and Board of Standards and Appeals. Her experience on large-scale New York City projects has included public hearings and presentations and community outreach programs. She also provides managerial support to the New York State Smart Grid Consortium, and has been a guest lecturer at Stony Brook University and New York University.

Alison Doernberg

December 18th, 2015

Alison Doernberg photoAlison Doernberg is the Director of Public Purpose at Rye Country Day School, where she has been coordinating student trips with bridges to Community since 2013. She went on her first trip with Bridges to Campuzano in 2015 and returned with a deeper admiration of Bridges’ appreoach to sustainable community development. Before coming to RCDS, Alison worked in various capacities as an educator and counselor in Oakland, CA; New Haven, CT; and the Boston area. She has an MSW/MPH from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a BA in History from Yale University. She currently lives in Byram, CT and was delighted to join the Bridges Board of Directors in 2016.

Jean-Marc Wassen

November 2nd, 2015

JM_WassenJean-Marc is the XL Catlin Reinsurance Chief Actuary. He moved from France with his wife and two daughters in 2006 and enjoys life in the United States. Together with his wife Anne and two daughters, he went for a number of trips with Bridges since 2009, when he also joined the board. Anne organizes trips to Nicaragua with her students of the French American School of New York

Michael Stewart

November 2nd, 2015

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Scott Steffey

November 2nd, 2015

Scott SteffeyScott W. Steffey was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Career Education Corporation in April 2013. A member of the Board of Directors and a veteran educator and business leader, Steffey’s career includes leadership roles spanning the education spectrum as well as senior posts at both publicly- and privately-held businesses. Most notably, he served as Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Strayer Education, Inc., and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Strayer University. In his role as COO, Steffey was a hands-on force in driving operational excellence and efficiency, academic integrity and accountability, innovative online learning and prudent enrollment growth.

As Vice Chancellor of the SUNY – at the time the largest non-profit, unified system of postsecondary education in the United States – he helped lead a transformation of the SUNY system, resulting in greater academic quality and achievement at its campuses, significant enrollment growth, revenue growth, expense containment, and a large capital re-investment in its campus infrastructure. Steffey was the senior operating officer for much of his tenure at SUNY – comprised of 64 degree-granting campuses, with 400,000 students, several vocational centers, and 75,000 faculty and administrators.

While at SUNY, Steffey also founded the Charter Schools Institute, a nationally recognized incubator of K-12 schools dedicated to enhancing education opportunities for economically disadvantaged students. Steffey was previously an executive with New Mountain Capital, a private equity firm serving the private postsecondary industry, and at NYNEX (now Verizon) and American Express Company. Most recently, Steffey was Founder and President of Symposium Ventures, a private equity firm serving private sector and nonprofit education institutions. Steffey graduated from Skidmore College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.

Scott Roper

November 2nd, 2015

S_RoperScott Roper lives in Croton on Hudson, NY. He is a member of First Presbyterian Church in Goshen. Scott first went to Nicaragua as a Bridges volunteer in 2009, where he helped construct portions of two homes with 16 members of his church. After that, Scott wanted to help Bridges in other areas. He served as a Bridges volunteer on several additional trips and joined the Board of Directors in 2010. He also helped raise funds for a school in Nicaragua and a youth center in the Dominican Republic. Scott is a CPA and Tax Attorney and heads up the tax function of Atlas Air Worldwide, an airline based in Purchase, NY.