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 grew up the daughter of a football coach which means she moved towns about every 4 years. However, it was Norman that she chose to call her home town. Stacy graduated from Norman High School in 1993. She then attended and graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts.
After college, Stacy began a career with the YMCA. She worked in Dallas, Tulsa, OKC, and also Norman. She held positions from health and wellness director to branch director to most recently Vice President of Operations at the Cleveland County Family YMCA in Norman.
In November of 2016, Stacy left a career of almost twenty years with the YMCA to become 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 has Co-Chaired the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Tomorrow’s Leaders program, the Norman Chamber of Commerce’s Women’s Leadership Committee and is currently the Vice Chair of Programs for the Norman Chamber of Commerce. Stacy also serves as the Vice President on the Norman Citizens’ Advisory Board, The Workbar Advisory Board, the Norman Public Schools Transportation Advisory Board, and is proud alumni of the Norman Police Department’s Citizens’ Police Academy. She is a member of the Sooner Rotary Club in Norman and a member of Life Church.
Stacy is married to husband, Shannon Bruce ant together have two amazing children, Madison and Landon.
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.
Pam Robeson is the Business Manager/ Student Services Coordinator at Bridges of Norman. She joined the staff in March of 2019. Pam grew up in a military family and has lived many places, from Germany to Alaska. She earned her Bachelor’s of Art in Journalism/ Mass Communication- Advertising from the University of Oklahoma, and later a degree in Respiratory Therapy from Rose State College.
Pam has worked as a media planner at an ad agency in New York City, a communications director for a church, and as a respiratory therapist at a heart hospital. She has a strong desire to serve others, and has traveled to Honduras and Ecuador on mission trips.
Pam is actively involved in the community as the President of the Norman North High School Cross Country & Track Booster Club, a member of the Alameda Church of Christ, and has served as the leader of several ministries. She feels her purpose at Bridges is to help students succeed by setting them up with housing, helping them learn independent living skills, and building relationships. She is passionate about learning and partnering with volunteers, donors, and other community agencies to help fulfill the mission of Bridges.
Pam celebrated 20 years of marriage to her husband, Todd, in December. They have two sons: Luke, a junior at Norman North, and Payt, a freshman at Norman North.
Cortney Parker is the Social Services Coordinator at Bridges of Norman. She served at the first, full-time employee at Bridges/Independent Living Services for Youth as the Social Services Director from 2004-2008. Cortney is an OU graduate with a degree in Social Work from 2003. She began her career at OKDHS in Child Welfare as a Permanency Planning Specialist. Following her time at Bridges/ILSY, Cortney became a stay at home mom, working PRN for Home Health, Hospice, and Streams of Water Ministries. With both of her children now in school, Cortney is excited to have the opportunity to once again serve as a Social Worker for Bridges of Norman.
Cortney will be working on-site at both Norman North and Norman High School to provide direct services to current Bridges students as well as to provide preventative services to any high school student in need. Cortney’s position is grant funded thanks to the United Way of Norman and the Ken & Gae Rees Family Foundation as an additional resource to those in need.
In addition to serving as the Social Services Coordinator at Bridges, Cortney and her husband own Rhombic Engineering and Survey in Norman. Cortney is a member of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. Cortney moved to Norman in 2002 to finish college at OU, where she met her husband and they decided to reside here permanently. Cortney and her husband, Kevan, have been married 16 years. They have 2 children: Ricci, a 7th grade Epic Charter Student and Maddox, a Kindergartener at Washington. She and her family are active members of the Westside Church of Christ. They love to travel but are proud their family has chosen to live, work and play in Norman.
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