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About The Bridge

Leadership Team

Margaret Hann // Executive Director

Margaret provides the foundation and the vision for our organization. She is a strong, confident leader with a soft spot for children and families. Margaret has 37 years of experience working with youth, 31 of which have been as a supervisor. 

She has been with the Bridge for 28 years, serving for 12 years as Residential Director and for 16 years as Executive Director. Margaret has built and cultivated strong relationships with the education community, government officials, other community leaders, and other local community organizations. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Connecticut Association of Nonprofits. She holds a Master’s in Criminal Justice.

Hildee Fontanella // Director of Finance & Administration

Hildee joined the Bridge in 2006 with more than 20 years of accounting, business, and nonprofit experience. She manages and supports our accounting, human resource, and operations staff, including our technology consultants. She is committed to working with our board of directors and staff to maintain a strong financial plan and is a key component in our financial sustainability. Hildee holds a Master's of Business Administration.

Martha L. Rennie // Director of Development

A Certified Fund Raising Executive, Martha has worked as a development professional for 26 years and has been with the Bridge for 15 years. She directs all fund development programs at the Bridge including annual and major gifts, endowment and planned giving, foundation and corporation support, and the Bridge Leadership Circle. Martha holds a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Amanda Aronson // Director of Marketing & Communications

Amanda directs the marketing and communications efforts of the Bridge, and she coordinates our signature fundraiser: The Children’s Charity Ball. Amanda officially joined the Bridge as an employee in 2016, but she has been involved as a volunteer, board member, and supporter since 2005. She brings nearly 20 years of experience in education, marketing, and communications to the leadership team, and has a particular interest in launching new initiatives and bringing existing initiatives to the next level. She is an active community volunteer and is drawn to endeavors supporting youth, the empowerment of women and girls, and under-served populations. She holds a Master’s in Education.

Amy Raider // Director of Human Resources

Amy is responsible for our organization's effectiveness by attracting, developing, and retaining a talented and diverse workforce in a safe and productive work environment. She came to the Bridge three years ago with 14 years of experience in Human Resources. Her diverse experience spans across entrepreneurial, legal, and global institutions. Amy has a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.

Michael Rulnick // Director of Residential Services

Mike is a strong leader with a warm personality. He supervises all four Bridge STAR Homes as well as the Moving On Project and Eleanor House, our therapeutic group home. His management duties keep him incredibly busy, yet he always makes time to connect with the shelter kids and to encourage and support his staff. Previously, Mike was director of the Bridge Youth Shelter in West Hartford for nine years and its program coordinator for two years. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration.

Patricia A. Tyler // Director of Youth and Family Services

Pat has a passion for helping people and a knack for solving problems. Her compassionate and nonjudgmental nature coupled with her strong management skills makes her a perfect leader for our counseling centers and our Youth and Family Services programs. Pat serves on numerous school and community committees focused on meeting the best interests of children and families. She was recognized by the Connecticut Youth Services Association for her excellent leadership and dedication to young people. Her approach is relational and family-centered. Pat has been with us for 16 years and holds a Master's in Social Work.

Deborah Zipkin // Director of Family Resource Centers (FRC)

Deborah is a force to be reckoned with. She has the energy of a tornado, the gentleness of a butterfly, and the kindness of an angel. She has been the Director of the FRC programs since 1994. Deborah is a trainer, a teacher, a published author, and a leader. She has numerous education certifications, has presented at multiple national conferences, and sits on a child advocacy board. Under her direction, the FRC was designated as a national model and gained recognition in Working Mother magazine. Deborah holds a Master’s of Education.

Bryan Block // Director of Independent Living Program

Bryan thrives on helping kids achieve their goals. During his 15 years at the Bridge, he served as a case manager and youth worker at several residential facilities including the Moving On Project and the Bridge Youth Shelter. In 2010, he was promoted to director of our Independent Living Program. Our Community Housing Assistance Program (CHAP) has grown significantly under his supervision. Bryan is trained in leadership development, crisis intervention, and life skills instruction. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology.


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