Bridges International Officers

 

Lori Costantino-Brown – President

 

Lori BrownLori 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.


 

Father Charles Brown – Senior Vice President

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Father 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 of America substance abuse treatment programs.

 


Yolanda Dorsey – Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Bridges International

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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.