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.
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.
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