Bridges is a nonprofit formed through a collaboration of the Norman community, Norman Public Schools, and the Norman Housing Authority. We assist high school students who live alone due to a family crisis, including the death of a parent, parental incarceration, or homelessness, by offering 20 individual apartments with sliding-scale rent based on the student’s income, connection to other social service agencies, assistance with almost any school-related activity, trained mentors, and college scholarships.
In return, students are responsible for maintaining their grades and school attendance, which we check on-line weekly; attending weekly life skills meetings about things like budgeting, personal safety, and job interviews; maintaining a job so that they can pay rent and bills; and conducting themselves maturely, including following the city of Norman’s curfew requirements.
Stacy Bruce is the Executive Director at Bridges of Norman. She has served as the Executive Director since November of 2016. Stacy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Oklahoma and is a Sooner through and through. Boomer Sooner!
Stacy has spent her entire career working in the nonprofit industry. She enjoyed 20 years of working for the YMCAs in Norman, Tulsa, and Flower Mound, TX. She has received numerous awards within the YMCA for her innovation in programming and leadership abilities.
In November of 2016, Stacy took a leap of faith and became the Executive Director at Bridges of Norman. The mission: “empowering high school students in family crisis to pursue education without obstacles” was what really sold Stacy on the career move. Working with young people, addressing critical issues in the community, and helping youth succeed are all passions of Stacy’s. Bridges’ mission and Stacy’s aspirations are synonymous and reflective of her commitment, focus, and passion to helping people.
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors at the Norman Chamber of Commerce, Stacy also recently Co-Chaired the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program. Again, working with high school students is something that Stacy feels is a strength of hers. She is a memberof the Sooner Rotary Club in Norman and a member of Life Church. Mrs. Bruce also serves on various committees around the community.
Stacy will celebrate 19 years of marriage this year to husband, Shannon Bruce. They have two amazing children: Madison Bruce, sophomore at Norman North High School and Landon Bruce, 7th grader at Whittier Middle School.
Katelyn Gleason-Dockery is the Director of Social Services at Bridges of Norman. She has served in this position since July of 2017. Katelyn grew up in Blackwell, OK and moved to Norman to attend the University of Oklahoma. She graduated with a degree in Sociology in 2007 and later obtained her Masters in Social and Community Services. She has worked in non-profit and mental health settings throughout her career.
During this time, Katelyn has received the Office of Juvenile Affairs Volunteer Excellence Award, Girl Scouts Western Oklahoma Epic Award, 2017 Journal Record Achievers Under 40 Award and is a member of the 2018 Leadership Norman class. Katelyn is also a member of Young Non-Profit Professionals, Moore Involved, Cookies and Cocktails Committee, Young Professionals Board at Sunbeam Family Services and Associate Board at Oklahoma Lawyers for Children.
Katelyn works at Bridges because she believes that everyone deserves that opportunity to live a happy, healthy and successful life, yet understands the social problems that prevent many from being able to do so. She strongly supports the mission of empowering students to achieve their education without obstacles and build towards a better life.
When Katelyn isn't busy working or volunteering, she enjoys traveling, spending time with friends and family, supporting the arts and Oklahoma sports teams! Katelyn is married to Jerry Dockery, who works with special needs students at Moore High School and is a coach for basketball and track. They reside in Moore, OK.
Bianca Gordon, the director of career coaching, began working at Bridges in September 2017. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from the University of Tulsa in 2000, and a Master of Arts degree in mass communication management from the University of Oklahoma in 2014, successfully completing research about the benefits of career networking.
Gordon feels her purpose at Bridges is to remove barriers to education for students by identifying academic, career and networking opportunities, and offering words of encouragement as students navigate through the challenges of high school and higher education. Bianca lives in Norman and has a daughter, Chesna.
Jennifer Gibson is the Business Manager at Bridges. She began working at Bridges in August of 2007 as the Career Coach Coordinator and transitioned to Business Manager in 2009. Jennifer coordinates with the Norman Housing Authority to enable Bridges students to recieve rent subsidies. In addition, Jennifer manages donations, maintenance issues, general clerical duties and helps with special events. Jennifer has an Associate in Arts, B.A. in Sociology from OU, a Master's in Education from SWOSU, and is licensed in School Counseling K-12 as well as licensed to teach High School.
Jennifer works at Bridges because she has heart for children. She feels passionately that "it takes a village to raise a child".
Jennifer is a native Oklahoman. She currently resides in Moore with her two teenage children, a dog and a cat. Her personal motto is "Be the change you would like to see in the world"-Ghandi.