Lori Costantino-Brown – President
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 30 years, Ms. Costantino-Brown has played a key role in the transformation of Bridges International from a single contract with the Department of Corrections to becoming the leading provider of substance abuse treatment and community release programs in the state of Florida. Ms. Costantino-Brown has earned her qualifications as a Certified Addiction Specialist, and Certified Associate Addictions Professional. She has personally reengineered the organization as Director of Quality Management, Chief Operations 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. Through an international expansion, Ms. Costantino-Brown is also the President of Bridges of Canada, which was founded by an acquaintance of the late Bishop Costantino, Monty Lewis. In 2012, when Monty’s health began to fail, he reached out to Ms. Costantino-Brown to assume the presidency and continue to reach out to “the least, the lonely, and the lost” in and around Fredericton, New Brunswick. 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 Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association (FADAA) and the Florida Chamber of Commerce. For Florida Tax Watch and Associated Industries of Florida, Ms. Costantino-Brown serves on the Executive Board and is a founding member of the Smart Justice committee, and on the Board of Directors and as a founding member of the Florida Smart Justice committee, respectively. Ms. Costantino-Brown is also the founding chairman of the Florida Smart Justice Alliance, the latest development in justice reform advocacy in Florida. 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.
Healthy Start Coalition of Orange County Family Advocate Award 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
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 International substance abuse treatment programs.
James McClelland – Chief Operating Officer, Bridges International
James McClelland has worked in the corrections field since 1987 and has experience in various Florida correctional settings to include county jails, state correctional institutions and private facilities. During his career with the Florida Department of Corrections, Mr. McClelland held positions in Operations, Staff Development, Environmental Health and Safety, and the Inspector General’s Office. In 2012 he retired from the Department as an Assistant Warden. Mr. McClelland joined the Bridges International team in 2012 as a Quality Management Compliance Evaluator. In 2014, he was promoted to the Director of Facilities Operations and Management, where he oversaw the development and operational launch of new programs. Additional responsibilities included organizational procedure development and ensuring all sites throughout the United States and Canada met required licensing and contractual obligations. In 2016, he was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Mr. McClelland enjoys leading organizational change and establishing leadership principles that foster ethical behavior and exceptional service. Mr. McClelland earned a Criminal Justice Degree from Indian River State College and is a graduate of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Senior Leadership Program. He served as an Adjunct Criminal Justice Instructor at two state colleges and is also an Auditor for the American Correctional Association. He holds membership with both the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute Association and the American Correctional Association. In 2016, Mr. McClelland obtained Department of Justice Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) certified auditor status.
Yolanda Dorsey – Chief Human Resource Officer, Bridges International
Yolanda Dorsey is a certified Human Resource Professional with over 20 years of experience in personnel and talent management. Ms. Dorsey completed her Human Resource Management studies at Virginia College and Villanova University 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 4 years of experience working within the Criminal Justice industry. Ms. Dorsey joined Bridges of America in 2011 and has since been promoted to the Chief Human Resource Officer in 2014. 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.
Diana Larsen – Chief Administrative Officer, Bridges International
Diana Larsen has over 30 years of experience in the field of law in both the United States and Europe. Her legal experience includes working in entertainment litigation, corporate law, estate planning, family law, criminal defense, insurance defense and bankruptcy, real estate, and state and local government law. In addition to working in law, she comes to Bridges also with experience in administration, marketing, event planning, travel, accounts receivable, supervising, project management and much more. Diana is a Notary Public for the State of Florida and an alumnus of the Executive Women International Academy of Leadership. Diana has a passion for philanthropic organizations and giving back to the community as she serves on several boards in various leadership capacities such as Women’s Executive Council of Orlando and the Florida Women’s Political Network.
Patrick Doliny – Chief Information Officer, Bridges International
Patrick J. Doliny has over 20 years of progressive experience in the field of Information, Communication and Technology. Having served honorably in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Doliny rose quickly through the ranks, he received the highest commendation while serving in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). Mr. Doliny was awarded the Meritorious Service Citation and the Commander’s Medal for Public Service among others. Mr. Doliny Joined Bridges International in July of 2014 as its Chief Information Officer. He is responsible for driving the strategic direction of Bridges International’s Information Technology Department. He oversees the design, implementation and maintenance of the BI’s Technology Infrastructure, computer systems, telephone equipment and security protocol throughout their US & Canada Locations. Mr. Doliny has worked in the Middle East and Africa region as a Chief Technology Officer with responsibilities for the external outreach and engagement with technology policy elites, leading academics and government decision makers with the objective of enabling the creation, or maintenance, of a technology policy environment which supports the subsidiary’s or country growth objectives. Prior to moving to the Middle East, Mr. Doliny was the Chief Information Officer for the Broward County Sheriff’s Office. Mr. Doliny’s community activity has included The Institute of Management Accounting, The CIO Council of South Florida as well as many Digital Divide initiatives. Mr. Doliny holds an MBA in eBusiness from the University of Miami. Mr. Doliny sits on various local and community boards and worked closely with Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC).
David Harris – Florida State Executive Director, Bridges of Florida
In October 2015, David Harris was promoted to Florida State Executive Director for Bridges of Florida. He previously served as Chief Operating Officer for Bridges of Florida, Quality Management Director of Operations and Facility Director of the Orlando Bridge Transition Center and Community Release Center. Mr. Harris has 27 years of correctional experience with the Florida Department of Corrections. During his career, he advanced his way through the ranks of Sergeant, Captain, Major, Colonel, Assistant Warden, Regional Assistant Warden, and Warden. In 2011, Mr. Harris retired from the Department as the Region Four Interim Regional Director of Institutions. Mr. Harris is a Certified Instructor for the Florida Department of Corrections and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in the areas of Basic Recruit Training, Fire Arms, Self-Defense, and Cultural Diversity. He is also a graduate of the Certified Public Manager Program through Florida State University. His professional memberships include the Florida Council of Crime and Delinquency and 5000 Role Models of Excellence.
Htay Htay – Chief Financial Officer, Bridges of Florida
Mrs. Htay Htay was promoted to Chief Financial Officer of Bridges of Florida in April 2014. She joined the Bridges of America team in 2004 as a Staff Accountant and was promoted to Comptroller in 2007. She has spent over 30 years as a “hands-on” operational accounting/financial professional in various types of businesses, including a civil engineering firm, a technology firm, and an international trading company. Mrs. Htay is responsible for the company’s finances, corporate financial policies, and upholding Florida Department of Corrections contract standards. Her primary objective as CFO is to focus on the company’s cash flow and efficiency, while providing timely and accurate financial information to assist senior leadership in making informed business decisions. She believes the value a CFO brings to the table is how she manages the assets of the company, while meeting the strategic objectives of the organization. Mrs. Htay holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting from the University of Central Florida, as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Physics.
Gustavo Mazorra – Director of Operations, Bridges of Florida
In November 2015, Gustavo Mazorra was promoted to Director of Operations for Bridges of Florida. He previously served as a Compliance Evaluator for the Quality Management team. Mr. Mazorra has 30 years of correctional experience with the Florida Department of Corrections, where he promoted through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Colonel, Assistant Warden, Regional Assistant Warden, and retired in 2015 as a Warden. Throughout his career he worked in facilities that encompassed all of the Department’s missions, to include: Youthful Offenders, Reception, Work Release, Mental Health, Female Offenders, Close Management and Death Row. Mr. Mazorra is a Certified Instructor with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and is certified to teach high liability topics such as First Responder, CPR, Defensive Tactics and Defensive Driving; and is also an Auditor for the American Correctional Association. Additionally, he has served as Liaison with the highly distinguished Annual Judge Marvin Mounts Prison Tour. Mr. Mazorra obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Florida International University and has attended numerous professional development and leadership courses through the National Institute of Corrections. .
Anthony Bowling – Director of Programs, Bridges of Florida
Anthony Bowling is a Board Certified Master’s Level Addiction Professional and Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with over 10 years of experience. He joined the Bridges of America team as Executive Director of The Jacksonville Bridge Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program in December 2013 and was promoted to Director of Programs for Bridges of Florida in January 2016. Anthony holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington and Jefferson College in Business Administration, a Master’s degree from the University of Oklahoma in Human Relations, and a Doctorate in Counseling Studies from Capella University. He is a retired U.S. Army veteran with 26 years of active duty service. During his time in the Army, he became a Master Sergeant and held positions including Assistant Inspector General, Assistant Deputy Director of Community Affairs, Equal Opportunity Advisor, and Logistical Advisor. Upon retirement, he found a passion in assisting others by working as a substance abuse counselor at Lancaster Correctional Facility in Trenton, Florida. Since then, he has held positions in both outpatient and residential settings. He has managed residential dual diagnosis and veteran transitional housing programs assisting veterans with locating housing, psychological, and medical services. He has completed the Level 3 Training in Gottman Methods Couples Therapy, The Gottman Approach for Working with Complex Couples (The Gottman Approach for Treating PTSD and Substance Abuse), Moral Reconation Therapy (MRT) for working with clients in the criminal justice system, Solution-Focused Therapy, Strengthening Family Therapy and numerous of other substance abuse and mental health related evidenced based practices including Motivational Interviewing. He is currently a member of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association, Florida Mental Health Counselors Association, Non-Commissioned Officer Association, He is also a member of the Washington and Jefferson College, Oklahoma University, and Capella University Alumni Associations. He is committed to excellence and believes that every person, given an opportunity and the right guidance, can reach their full potential.
Gina Thomas – Director of Human Resources, Bridges of Florida
In October 2015, Gina Thomas was promoted to the Director of Human Resources for the Florida division of Bridges of America. Ms. Thomas joined the Bridges of America team in 2012 and brings with her over 7 years of Human Resource experience in recruitment, training and development, employee and labor relations, health and wellness, and benefits administration. Ms. Thomas completed her undergraduate studies at Florida A&M University and currently holds a Masters in Business Administration degree, with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Nova Southeastern University. Since joining the Bridges team, Ms. Thomas has worked closely with the Chief Human Resource Officer in developing and implementing various successful strategic practices including the implementation of a new Human Resource Information Systems which has streamlined all internal and external HR functions throughout the organization, allowing for improved information management, staff communications and documentation management. Ms. Thomas is dedicated to fulfilling the BOA mission by ensuring that all employees are provided a safe and healthy work environment with the necessary support and resources needed to successfully accomplish their job responsibilities.
Charlene Sears-Tolbert – Director of Research and Development, Bridges International
Charlene Sears-Tolbert has worked in the substance abuse arena since 1986 and is currently continuing her service as the Director of the Auburndale Bridge program. Also a Certified Addictions Professional and an International Board Certified Addictions Counselor, Charlene’s areas of expertise are addiction, women’s issues, and relationships. She attended the University of Massachusetts/Boston majoring in Human Services Management, earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Applied Behavioral Science and went on to complete a Master’s Degree in Psychology from National Louis University. She is currently working on her dissertation in completion of her Doctorate Degree in Organizational Psychology at Walden University. Her academic and administrative focus is leadership in community-based organizations.
Alice Powell – Director, The Auburndale Bridge Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program
Alice Powell was a Facility Director in New York before moving to Florida and joining the Bridges of America team in 2008. She has worked in the substance abuse field since 1996 and has extensive training in the Therapeutic Community Modality. Ms. Powell holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Work from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. She is a Certified Addiction Professional in Florida and a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor in Pennsylvania. She began working at Bridges of America as a counselor and has been promoted three times. As Facility Director, she looks forward to the challenges as well as the rewards that come from working with clients as they address their addictions, their fears, and begin to hold their heads high as they enter recovery.
Jose Lugo – Director, The Bradenton Bridge TC/Community Release Center
Mr. Jose Lugo has 27 years of experience in the Correctional System. He began his career in 1988, when he became certified as a Correctional Officer in the Puerto Rico Correctional System. He was assigned to work in one of the oldest prisons in San Juan, Puerto Rico called “Oso Blanco / Malvinas” (The State Penitentiary, now closed). In 1990, he moved to Florida and began his career with the Florida Department of Corrections. He advanced his way through the ranks of Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, Major, Colonel, and Assistant Warden of Operations. Mr. Lugo retired from the Florida Department of Corrections as an Assistant Warden on July 17, 2015. Mr. Lugo worked at 5 different facilities during his career with the State of Florida, to include working with youth offenders, female offenders, and Mental Health Units. He is a certified Instructor for the Florida Department of Corrections and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, in the areas of Basic Recruit Training, Fire Arms, Defensive Tactics, Chemical Munitions Instructor, Special Response Teams, Environmental Health and Safety, and a certified Drill Instructor. Mr. Lugo attended the University of Puerto Rico where he completed general studies and he is also a former member of the United States Army National Guard.
Michele Bateman – Director, The Jacksonville Bridge Transition Center
Michele Bateman joined Bridges of America as the Assistant Facility Director of the Jacksonville Bridge Community Release Center in July 2013, and was promoted to Facility Director for the Jacksonville Bridge Transition Center in November of that same year. Ms. Bateman brings more than 28 years of experience working in the Florida Department of Corrections. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and is a Certified Public Manager through Florida State University. Ms. Bateman began as a correctional officer and moved up through the ranks where she eventually retired as a Warden. During her tenure with the Florida Department of Corrections, Ms. Bateman completed numerous train-the-trainer courses that included Instructor Techniques, Firearms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor and CPR. Additionally, Ms. Bateman attended numerous training events through the National Institute of Corrections such as Executive Excellence. She was a facilitator and presenter of the Women Facing the Future Program. Ms. Bateman is proud to work for Bridges of America where all program participants are provided with the appropriate tools to re-enter society as a productive member living a drug-free, crime-free lifestyle.
Sammy Hill – Director, The Orlando Bridge TC/Community Release Center
Sammy Hill joined the Bridges of America team in 2010 and is currently the Facility Director of The Orlando Bridge Community Release Center and the Transition Center. Sammy is a Retired Warden from the Florida Department of Corrections with more than 35 years of service to the State of Florida. Prior to his career in corrections, Sammy was employed by a Juvenile Detention Center in Florida and also served four years in the United States Air Force and was a percussionist in the Air Force Band. Mr. Hill is a Certified Public Manager and Certified Corrections Instructor. He attended the National Institute of Corrections Management Skills Academy and completed numerous other training classes that include Human Relations, Emergency Preparedness, Firearms, Chemical Agents, Stress Awareness, Conflict Resolution, Substance Abuse, and Exploring Cultural and Gender Diversity. Mr. Hill has served on numerous corrections committees, task forces, and action teams throughout his career. He is committed to providing effective programs, services and resources to prepare inmates at The Orlando Bridge for a successful re-entry into their community.
Paul Biecker – Director, The Cocoa Bridge Community Release Center
With more than 25 years working at the Department of Corrections, Paul Biecker joined the Bridges of America team as Facility Director of the Cocoa Bridge Community Release Center in 2014. In his previous experience as Major at Lowell Correctional Institution, Biecker supervised numerous staff and filled in for the Colonel when absent. His primary achievements were reestablishing the Extended Day Program and creating a new program for expecting mothers that teaches healthy exercise and nutrition. In 1997 Biecker was awarded Correctional Officer of the Year for Brevard Correctional Institution due to his efficiency and dedication to the facility. Biecker has also worked at several other work release centers, giving him the knowledge and tools to organize, motivate and lead the Cocoa Bridge Work Release.
Shirley Moon – Director, The Jacksonville Bridge Community Release Center
Shirley Moon is the Director of the Jacksonville Bridger Community Release Center. Mrs. Moon previously served as the Assistant Facility at the Jacksonville Bridge Community Release Center and began her career with Bridges as the Assistant Facility Director of the Lake City Bridge Community Release Center. Mrs. Moon has 19 years of Criminal Justice experience, serving as a Law Enforcement Officer in the State of Mississippi. She served as a Chief of Police, Assistant Chief, Sergeant, Training Officer, & Patrol Officer. Mrs. Moon is credited with assisting with the development and implementation of the first Drug Court in Lee County (Mississippi), where she served as the Drug Court Director. She is a graduate of the University of Phoenix with a Master’s of Science in Criminal Justice/Justice & Security. She is also a graduate of the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminal Justice Administration. She graduated from the North Mississippi Law Enforcement Training Academy where she became certified as a Law Enforcement Officer and also Louisiana Business College.
Willie C. Dixon – Director, The Lake City Bridge Community Release Center
Willie C. Dixon joined the Bridges of America team in 2014 as the Facility Director of the Lake City Bridge Community Release Center. Mr. Dixon has 34 years of experience in corrections, both with the Florida Department of Corrections and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office. At Union Correctional Institution he held positions as Correctional Officer, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain, and Major. He was promoted as Colonel at Reception and Medical Center (RMC) and Assistant Warden at Hendry CI, Lancaster CI, and Florida State Prison. He also served as Warden at Avon Park CI and Lake CI before his retirement. Mr. Dixon attended FAMU University and the Florida State University School of Public Management. He is a Certified Public Manager. Mr. Dixon also attended the National Institute of Correctional Management Skills Academy and completed numerous other training courses. He has over 20 years experience in Rapid Response Teams & Readiness Training. Mr. Dixon is committed to providing effective programs, services, and resources to prepare inmates at the Lake City Bridge for successful re-entry into the community.
Merrell Colchiski – Director, The Santa Fe Bridge Community Release Center
Merrell Colchiski is the Facility Director at the Santa Fe Bridge Community Release Center in Gainesville, Florida. Ms. Colchiski joined the Bridges of America Team in February 2014, for the second time. In 2008-2009, she was the Assistant Operations Facility Director at The Orlando Bridge. Ms. Colchiski brings with her the knowledge, skills and experiences of more than 28 years in the Criminal Justice system. She was an instructor for Defensive Tactics, Women Facing the Future and other topics. Mrs. Colchiski brings many years of experience with the Florida Department of Corrections to her new role. She began as a clerk in the medical department of the Reception and Medical Center, and advanced through security ranks until she eventually served as the Assistant Warden at Lowell Correctional Institution. During her tenure with the DOC, she gained experience in writing post orders, emergency plans and institutional operating procedures for a new facility, and supervising approximately 400 officers and more than 2300 inmates. She has experience working with both male and female offenders, in institutional and work release facilities. She graduated Magna Cum Laude receiving her AA Degree from Florida Gateway College (formerly known as Lake City Community College) and has completed numerous hours of correctional training. She is a member of various corrections, criminal justice, and community organizations.
Norman Jenkins – Director, The Turning Point Bridge Community Release Center
Norman Jenkins joined the Bridges International family in 2012 as the Facility Director of The Broward County Bridge Community Release Center and Transition Center. In 2016, he was transferred to the Turning Point Bridge Community Release Center. Mr. Jenkins began his career in 1986 with the Florida Department of Corrections at South Florida Reception Center. He was then transferred to the Classification Department where he worked as a Classification Officer and later became Classification Supervisor. Upon his transfer to Community Facilities Region IV he worked as the Classification Supervisor and acting Warden for two years. In 1996, he became an Assistant Warden and in August 2010 he was promoted to Warden at Homestead Correctional Institution, where he retired in 2012, with 26 years working for the Florida Department of Corrections. He has experience working with a diverse group of inmate populations, including youthful offenders, elderly, special medical, mental health, and more. Mr. Jenkins earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Leo University in Human Resource Administration and earned a Public Manager Certification from Florida State University. His qualifications through the Florida Department of Corrections include Regional ACA Auditor, member and Chairman of Security Audit Teams, member of Region IV Building Lease Committee, member and Chairman of Institution, Regional and State Corrective Action Teams.