Bridges International Board of Directors

 

Lori Costantino-Brown – President
Serving since 1977

 

Lori Brown

Lori Costantino-Brown was appointed President and CEO of Bridges International in 2006, succeeding Bishop Frank Costantino, the organization’s founder and her father. Over the past 35 years, Ms. Costantino-Brown has played a key role in the transformation of Bridges International from a single center in Florida to a worldwide outreach. Bridges serves 1500 inmates in the custody of the State of Florida and has been a pioneer on the cutting edge of re-entry with programs such as behavioral health sciences, substance abuse services, GED education, life skills training, family services, chaplaincy services, criminal thinking, vocational training and many more programs that greatly reduce recidivism in the State.

 

Twice a graduate of the University of Central Florida, Lori earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1991 and a Bachelor of Art degree in counseling in 1992. She is also a Certified Addiction Specialist, and Certified Associate Addictions Professional. She has personally reengineered the organization as Director of Quality Management, Chief Operations Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President. The result is a new Bridges International — a company where offenders receive supervision, but also are expected to become better people as they prepare to re-enter society.

 

As an advocate for both business and industries related to substance abuse and justice issues, Ms. Costantino-Brown serves on many high profile boards in Florida. Currently, she serves on the board of directors for the Florida Behavioral Health Association (FBHA), The Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Tax Watch’s Smart Justice committee. In addition, Lori Costantino-Brown services on the Executive Board and is a founding member and President of the Center to Advance Justice, the latest development in justice reform advocacy in Florida. Ms. Costantino-Brown sits on the National Task Force for the prevention of Human Trafficking, Therapeutic Communities of America, World Federation of Therapeutic Communities and has been appointed to the UN Council on Drug Policy.

 

Ms. Costantino-Brown has a passion for addiction treatment and recovery. Her insightful experience with substance abuse treatment gives her a unique perspective on the criminal mind and addictive behaviors of offenders at every stage of recovery.

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Lori Costantino-Brown received the Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County Family Advocate Award in May 2016. It was given in recognition and appreciation of the care and support that Lori Costantino-Brown and Bridges International has always given to Families in the Orange County community.

 


Gerald Holdsworth – Treasurer
Serving since 2010

Gerald Holdsworth HeadshotGerald Holdsworth has been a Board Member for Bridges International since 2010. He brings to the Board sound judgment, which is instrumental in his service to the Bridges International Board of Directors. For more than 10 years, Mr. Holdsworth has had a passion for helping those in recovery. In the past he operated sober living homes focused on helping others struggling with alcoholism and drug addiction.

Mr. Holdsworth holds a business degree from Towson University. Early in his career he helped manage a database for a government contractor who was awarded a JUMP grant (Juvenile Mentoring Program). He has also been employed in many positions including two years of Public Accounting conducting audits for various not-for-profit companies in the DC Metropolitan area.

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Dr. Grady S. McMurtry – Secretary
Serving since 1987

Grady McMurtry HeadshotDr. Grady S. McMurtry is a Biblical Scientific Creationist, Christian Apologist and full-time Christian missionary. He received his B.S. with Honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; an M.S. with Honors from the State University of New York, Syracuse; a D.D. from the School of Theology in Columbus, Georgia; and a DLitt. from Mid-Continent University, Mayfield, Kentucky. He is a past regent and adjunct professor at the School of Theology in Columbus, Georgia and a guest lecturer at Johnson University, Florida Campus.

Dr. McMurtry has been a Biblical Scientific Creationist since 1974. Prior to that, he was an Evolutionist for 20 years, and a Theistic Evolutionist for one and a half years. He is an ordained minister, church elder and an Expert School Board Witness.

He is member of many Christian and secular organizations including life-time memberships in the Creation Research Society, Mensa, Intertel, and Phi Kappa Phi.

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Father Charles Brown – Senior Vice President
Serving since 1985

Charles BrownFather Charles Brown currently serves in two capacities as Senior Vice President for Bridges International and Christian Prison Ministry, bringing vast experience in prison reentry, faith based programming, and treatment curriculum development for offenders, prisoners and substance abusers. Soon after his ordination in 1999, which was largely influenced by Bishop Frank Costantino, Father Brown became a Priest in the Charismatic Episcopal Church.

Father Brown is uniquely qualified to provide the road map and spiritual guidance for these men placed in Bridges International’s care and supervision. As a young man, he was incarcerated and sentenced to prison, and he has lost several family members to substance abuse. These experiences give him the vision that he uses to mentor offenders who are trying to find their way back to society. Father Brown has pioneered reentry and aftercare programs that focus on spiritual, intellectual, emotional and social growth to combat the high rate at which ex-offenders commit crimes and return to prison.

After completing coursework at Barry University, Father Brown attended the International Seminary in Plymouth, Florida. He is a Certified Addiction Professional with the Florida Certification Board. He is also certified as an International Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC) with the International Certification of Reciprocity Consortium. In 2003, Father Brown was recognized as FADAA’s “Man of the Year” for his groundbreaking efforts in creating the Bridges International substance abuse treatment programs.

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Yolanda Dorsey – Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer

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Yolanda Dorsey is a certified Human Resource Professional with over 20 years of experience in personnel and talent management. Ms. Dorsey completed her studies at Virginia College and Villanova University. Ms. Dorsey has a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management with a minor in Business Management and is a current member of Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM). She holds over 10 years of experience working with the Department of Defense and 6 years of experience working within the Criminal Justice industry.

Ms. Dorsey joined Bridges in 2011 and has since been promoted to Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer in 2017. During her tenure with BI, Ms. Dorsey has developed and implemented various successful strategic practices including, but not limited to; payroll administration and systems management, compensation management, employee engagement, compliance, workers compensation, benefits and more.

In addition, Ms. Dorsey has played a crucial role in the procurement and management of employees and HR functions both nationally and internationally at all recently acquired facility locations. Ms. Dorsey continues to strategically implement employee recognition and building tools and systems in order to create and maintain a positive and safe work environment for all BI staff. She has been honored in the past with various awards to include “Employee of the Year” while working with the Department of Defense.

 


Thomas Gaines
Serving since 1984

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Evangelist Thomas Gaines of New Life Worship Center is celebrating his 28th year of love mercy and charity services through his Ministry, “Making a Difference Ministry and Band.”

Dedicated to supporting churches and Christian ministries in reaching their communities with the gospel of Jesus Christ, Thomas his wife and children worked the streets of Orlando’s drug and crime laden area’s preaching, and singing the message of Christ while, providing food and clothing.

As part of the ministry, the family organized evangelistic outreaches, leading worship for Faith Creation Fellowship, holding concerts in retirement homes, hosting Christian music nights and countless other services for the community.

Thomas attended University of Maryland (European Division) and Valencia Community College, and in 2001, after years of lay ministry service, he was ordained Evangelist through Faith Christian Center in Orlando, and later ordained a Minister in 2004.

Evangelist Gaines has had the privilege of ministering to churches throughout Orlando and has actively participated with elders, missionaries and layman in bringing to the needy the helping hand of his ministry.


 

Cecilia Denmark

cecilia-denmark-headshotCecilia I. Denmark is an experienced correctional manager with 33 years in the Criminal Justice system, with nine of those years serving in the field of Substance Abuse/Transition and Re-entry initiatives. She was promoted to Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of Bridges of America in October 2012. Mrs. Denmark has served as a Correctional Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Major, Classification Officer and Assistant Warden with the Florida Department of Corrections. Mrs. Denmark is a Certified Correctional and Probation Officer and has been certified by Florida State University as a Public Manager. Additionally, she holds a Master’s Degree in Administration of Justice and Security from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor’s Degree from Barry University, where she is now an adjunct professor. Mrs. Denmark has participated in training and leadership development for more than 25 years and is a member of various corrections, criminal justice, substance abuse, and community organizations, including serving as a mentor for the Broward County Big Brother/Big Sister program. It is her sincere desire to assist staff in developing their knowledge, skills and leadership capabilities for opportunities in professional and personal upward mobility.