In 2009 Dennis lost his full time job. Unable to find steady employment Dennis ended up living on the streets. He spent his days selling the Denver Voice and his…Continue reading
Bridge House Staff
Isabel McDevitt, Executive Director, has over 12 years experience working in workforce development, community affairs, and social enterprise. For over 9 years, Isabel was part of the senior leadership team for business development, government relations, and community engagement strategies at The Doe Fund, a transitional employment and housing organization serving homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals in New York City. At The Doe Fund, Isabel founded two ventures creating jobs in the fields of pest management and biodiesel conversion and ran several other social enterprises employing over 400 formerly homeless and jobless people. Since relocating to Boulder, Colorado in 2006, Isabel has advised companies including Skirt Sports, a women’s apparel company, and BoeFly, an online marketplace connecting small business borrowers with lenders, on cause marketing, online engagement and strategic growth strategies. Most recently, Isabel launched and leads the Ready to Work program for Bridge House – Boulder’s day shelter for the homeless and working poor. Isabel has served on the Board of Directors of the Women’s Wilderness Institute, is a Partner with Social Venture Partners of Boulder County, and continues to be active in community development coalitions in New York City. Isabel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a BA in Sociology.
Vera Line started out as a volunteer at the Bridge House in December 2007. She now fills the position of Director of Finance and Operations and is in charge of the operational side of Bridge House. She holds a master’s degree in psychology from Saarland University, Germany and is currently pursuing an education in accounting. Vera enjoys traveling, yoga, and good food.
Emily Messina-Heim began working with the homeless in 1996 as a volunteer at a transitional living shelter in Placentia, California. In 2010, she started volunteering at Bridge House, and in January 2011 she was hired to fill the development director position. Emily has her BA in literature and writing and is a mother of two children.
Scott Medina has been director of the Bridge House dinner program since 1999, after leaving “the corporate world” in search of more meaningful service work. An active musician, Scott also teaches music classes and special events for preschool children throughout Boulder County, leads evenings of devotional chanting and other spiritually-focused events, and has released several CDs of original music. In the spring of 2010, Scott took on the role of volunteer coordinator in addition to coordinating the dinners.
Chad Carbone is a 3rd generation Boulder resident and was homeless on and off for almost 12 years. While receiving services in the community, Chad has always volunteered at various places throughout his years on the street. He started volunteering around Thanksgiving in 2010 at Bridge House on a daily basis and through hard work became the crew supervisor of the Ready to Work program.
Heather Pauze started working for Bridge House in March 2008. She worked as the greeter for 8 months and the remaining time as the case manager. Before working at the Bridge House, she worked at CPWD as a case manager. She has also been the coordinator for several programs serving disadvantaged youth. Heather has a master in Public Administration and a bachelor in sociology. Outside of the Bridge House, she loves traveling and trying strange and unusual foods.
Debbie Little-Keene started out as a volunteer at the Bridge House in 2010. She is now the full time Administrative Assistant. She also fills in occasionally as the door greeter and as a case manager. Debbie has a BS from Southwest Texas State University. She is currently working towards her Certified Addiction Counseling certification. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, fishing, watching football and bird watching.
Le’Driedre “DeeDee” Sease relocated to Boulder in 2011 as part of the homeless community with her husband Eric. She received services from Bridge House while working on the Pearl Street Mall. She is the mother of four and grandmother of 14. She became part of Bridge House staff in November 2011 as the greeter full time.
Tim Arnold Originally from northern New Jersey, Tim began his career developing outdoor adventure programs for at-risk inner city youth. Taking this knowledge into the field of Mental Heath, Tim eventually created Hiking Towards Healing, a nationally recognized outdoor therapy program, as well as teaming up with a coworker/master gardener to develop Enrich, a horticultural therapy program that was also nationally recognized. Changing careers, and states, Tim began working for the Workforce Boulder County Youth Department developing an employment training internship program for low income youth throughout Boulder County, which became Y.E.P. !, or the Youth Employment Program. Through that program Tim helped develop a collaboration with the St. Vrain Valley School District School To Work Alliance, helping special needs youth gain job specific employable skills. The success of this collaboration eventually won a State of Colorado best practice award. Tim is very eager and excited to be developing employment assistance programs here at the Bridge House, as well as case manage the Ready To Work program.
Dennis was homeless for over two years and was one of the first crew members of the Ready to work program. In 2012 Dennis was hired to be a Ready to Work crew supervisor. When he is not working, Dennis loves to go fishing at the Union Reservoir or hiking Boulder’s trails.
Sarah has been working at the Bridge House since 2010 and has been working as a case manager for over ten years with a variety of populations. She came to us interested in working with the homeless and working poor and also with the need to complete practicum hours for a Master’s program at Naropa University. Sarah helped us spearhead our first summer in the community gardens and has not been able to leave since. She thoroughly enjoys her time here and appreciates working with the staff and clients of Bridge House. Sarah also works as a psychotherapist and helps run a sliding-scale clinic, Boulder Emotional Wellness, that offers affordable psychotherapy to the community.
Shari has prepared over 200,000 meals from fresh proteins, vegetables and grains for Bridge House clients, joining in 2008 as a volunteer and member of the Operations Committee, and staff in 2012. She honed her culinary skills as a pastry chef in a LeNotre trained production kitchen in Chicago and as an artisan foods broker. For nine years she innovated programs including the food ways of West Africa and Mexico as an outreach museum educator and manager of board relations with the Kohl Children’s Museum which serves over 300,000 children, parents and teachers annually. She holds a degree in Physical and Cultural geography from the University of Chicago with papers including agro forestry of India. Shari is a Harry S. Truman Scholar, a prestigious fellowship on par with the Rhodes given by the U.S. Congress to identify and support “change agents” in public service and public policy.
Born in Denver, Colorado on March 15 1960, Eric went to George Washington High and graduated Class Of 78. In 1980 Eric joined the Army and served 8yrs in the Army Reserves. He is currently attending Front Range Community College working On Associate Degree of Applied Science. Eric works for for First Presbyterian Church and the Boulder Bridge House.He is the father of two children, Michelle and Erica and grandfather of two, Johvonte and Erica. Eric is married to Ledriedre (Dee Dee).