Management Team


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.

——— 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 twCharles Browno 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.


Yolanda Dorsey – Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer, Bridges International
3dsc_8533-dorsey-smallYolanda 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.


James McClelland – Chief Operating Officer, Bridges International

jt-mcclelland-smallJames 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.


Michael I. Smith – Chief Financial Officer, Bridges International
(Former Board Member Serving since 2012)

Mike Smith Headshot Michael Smith has been providing financial service solutions in the greater Orlando area for over twenty years. Mr. Smith was the Senior Vice President who joined BB&T’s commercial lending team in April 2005 as a Relationship Manager. His former responsibilities involve the growth and management of a diverse clientele of manufacturers, distributors, real estate developers, municipalities and other providers of consumer goods and services. Mr. Smith served his clients by understanding their business needs and providing financial solutions that assist them in achieving their business and personal goals. Mr. Smith joined Bridges International as its Chief Financial Officer where he is responsible for the day-to-day operation as well as strategic financial outlook of the organization and its affiliates. Prior to coming to Bridges International and his role as Sr. VP of BB&T, Mr. Smith was an Area Executive in Seminole County, Florida and was instrumental in the successful development of Southern Community Bank into one of central Florida’s premier community banking companies. Mr. Smith previously enjoyed an eight-year tenure with SunTrust Bank as a member of the company’s Corporate and Investment Banking team focusing on the healthcare industry. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the University of Florida where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Degree.

Diana Larsen – Chief Administrative Officer, Bridges International

Diana Larsen 1 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.


David Harris – Florida State Executive Director, Bridges of Florida

3dsc_8438-harris-smallIn 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

 H. Htay (2)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

3dsc_8345-mazorra-smallIn 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

3dsc_8427-bowling-smallAnthony 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.

Jon Tate – Director of Operations and Facility Management



Charlene Sears-Tolbert – Director of Research and Development, Bridges International

3dsc_8450-sears-tolbert-smallCharlene Sears-Tolbert has worked passionately in the behavioral health arena since 1986.  She has held several positions within the company including Counselor and Clinical Director.  Most recently she served as the Executive Director of the Auburndale Bridge until she was promoted to her current position as Director of Research & Development.  For over ten years she has served as a Federal Peer Reviewer evaluating and scoring grant submissions for the Department of Justice, The Department of Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies.   As an independent consultant she helped nonprofits with strategic and financial planning, capacity building, research/grant writing, and organizational development and training.

Charlene attended the University of Massachusetts/Boston majoring in Human Services Management, and she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from National Louis University.  She completed her doctoral studies in Organizational Psychology at Walden University and is a Certified Addictions Professional, an International Board Certified Addictions Counselor, and is an adjunct faculty at two universities where she teaches psychology courses.   Charlene strongly believes in the mission of  Bridges International as it is her own life’s mission to help the underserved and marginalized citizens of our communities.  She believes a person can change!


Alice Powell – Director, The Auburndale Bridge Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Program

3dsc_8460-powell-smallAlice 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.


Wendy Brazil-Floyd – Director, The Bradenton Bridge TC / Community Release Center















Michele Bateman – Director, The Jacksonville Bridge Transition Center

Michele Bateman 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

 3DSC_8234-Hill (2)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

Paul Biecker 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 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 Dixon 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.


Phyllis Crews – Director, The Santa Fe Bridge Community Release Center


Phyllis Crews joined the Bridges of America Team in 2014, as the Employment Specialist at the Lake City Bridge Community Release Center.  The assisted residents with resume writing, employability skills training, and obtaining suitable employment. After a short tenure there, Ms. Crews was promoted to Assistant Facility Director at the Santa Fe Bridge Community Release Center, and then promoted to her current position as the Facility Director at Santa Fe. Ms. Crews chose to follow in her father’s footsteps and began a career with Department of Corrections, working in the areas of Security, Institutional Inspector’s Office, and the Classification Department, retiring in 2008 as a Senior Classification Officer.  Ms. Crews attended Lake City Community College and St. Petersburg Junior College, majoring in Criminal Justice. Ms. Crews is committed to the philosophy of Bridges of America in that we believe a person can change and is dedicated to the residents of Santa Fe Bridge to ensure the necessary resources are available for successful re-entry back into the community.


Norman Jenkins – Director, The Turning Point Bridge Community Release Center

norman-jenkins-smallNorman 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.