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Meet the Team
Meet the Team
 

INTERNATIONAL STAFF

Dennis Wadley, International Director, Bridges of Hope International

Dennis has served as pastor and leader in two church ministries, directing the staff, providing vision and direction. In 2002, his wife Susan and he founded Bridges of Hope International and in 2003 founded Bridges of Hope South Africa. They co-directed multiple community development projects and founded Bridges Academy, an orphan boarding school and leadership development retreat center. Contact Dennis at: DennisW@BridgesWorldwide.org

Susan Wadley, International Director, Bridges of Hope International

As founding International Co-Director of Bridges of Hope, Susan, along with husband Dennis, pioneered a Community Development model (CHE) in the Cape Flats of South Africa, as well as opening Bridges Retreat Center and Bridges Academy boarding school for Orphans in nearby Franschhoek, SA.  She now applies the same development principles to the work among the urban poor in the USA.  Additionally, in 2009 Susan and Dennis started a Masters Program for the Orthodox Theological College in Mekele, Ethiopia to train the nation’s Orthodox clergy in practical ministry.  They currently travel internationally training Christian leaders in the CHE model of Community Development.

Karyn Sorenson, Director of Micronesia, Bridges of Hope International

For over twenty years, Karyn has worked as a professional counselor.  In 2006, while on sabbatical, she and her husband, a pastor, spent nearly a month working with Micronesians studying at Pacific Islands University in Guam. Never could they have imagined that God would capture their hearts and give them a desire to personally meet the desperate needs so evident among the Micronesian people. After four years teaching social science and providing counseling on Guam, and building relationships with leaders on the remote Micronesian islands, Karyn has transitioned back to California where Eric has returned to pastoral ministry. From here, she continues her counseling, teaching, and leadership development ministry in Micronesia through the marvels of technology and regular travel.

Brenda

Brenda Brueckner, US Administrator

Brenda joined the Bridges team in the summer of 2016. She lives in Camarillo with her husband, Wayne, and they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren.

Contact Brenda at: office@bridgesworldwide.org

SOUTH AFRICA

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT STAFF

 Vovo

Vovo Sonjiko, Bridges Youth Coordinator

I came to Bridges in 2013 as a volunteer ASP Facilitator. I then volunteered with OVC, CHE, and finally BYD. I started as the BYD Coordinator in May of 2017! I enjoy working with the kids in BYD, as well as working as a team with the other Bridges leaders.

 

Sisanda Sibotho, Community Development Director

I am originally from the Eastern Cape, but now I live in Cape Town. I’ve been with Bridges of Hope as a volunteer since 2005 as an After School Program facilitator.  I joined the full time staff in January 2008 as a CHE Trainer for the community of Sweet Home.  I am currently the Assistant Director of Community Development. Being a part of Bridges has meant absolutely everything to me. It has given me a sense of purpose. From the time I was a facilitator, Bridges of Hope empowered me and gave me a lot of self-confidence. I started to believe in myself, knowing that I have something to offer to other people.

Thobeka Tsutsu, CHE Trainer

I come from the Eastern Cape. I came to the Western CAPE because I was looking for  a job. I currently stay in Sweet home. After I Iost a job here in Cape Town, I was  recruited by a CHE in 2011 to a CHE class. Coming to Bridges taught me more about living. I became a CHE volunteer and work at the informal school and the crèche until I  became a trainer in April 2012.

 Thobela

Thobela Dlakiya, CHE Trainer

I am originally from the Eastern Cape, but now live in Cape Town. I have worked with Bridges of Hope since June 2007 in several positions: as Coordinator of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s ministry, as a House Parent at Bridges Academy, and currently as a CHE Trainer. Bridges of Hope has built and empowered me in many ways, and encouraged me to follow my calling as a Pastor.  Without them I wouldn’t be where I am now.  I have learned a lot.  Bridges of Hope is a life-giving organization.

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Siyabonga Mdzanga, ASP Coordinator

I first came to Bridges in 2011 as a member of the Orphans and Vulnerable Children’s Support Group. In 2012, I was accepted into Bridges Academy, and I matriculated in 2014! After volunteering for several years, I became the ASP Coordinator in February of 2017. I love working with the kids and having fun with them. I also enjoy working with my teammates and fellow leaders, as I always learn so much from them and the skills they pass on to me.

Zilindile, OVC Coordinator

 Thobeka M.

Tobeka Mpatane, CHE Trainer

I am from Sweet Home, and I am a Bridges CHE who is teaching at the Informal School. I love CHE lessons because they elevate me spiritually and I love to learn more about the Word of God and minister to children.

Thumeka

Thumeka Mfeketo, CHE Trainer

I am from Sweet Home Farm and I was trained as a Bridges CHE and work as an Informal School teacher. I love how CHE has changed my life and my family, and is continuing to change the lives of the children I teach.

Ntombozuko

Ntombozuko Sitsheke, House Parent

I am from the Eastern Cape but now I live in Philippi. I am a House Parent at Bridges Academy.  I monitor and take care of the Students after hours and on weekends. I enjoy working here, because I learn how to treat children and to coach them physically, spiritually and emotionally.
James

James Ndlambe, Grounds & Maintenance

I am originally from the Eastern Cape, and now live in Franschhoek.  I’ve worked for Bridges since October 2006 as the Head of Property Maintenance at Bridges Academy and Retreat Centre.  I love my job.  I’ve met many people and learned a lot from them.  I also love the Academy children a lot.

RETREAT CENTER STAFF

Joanna Sterkse, Housekeeping & Catering

I was born and raised in the  Cape Town area and now live in Franschhoek.  I’ve worked as a Housekeeper at Bridges Academy and Retreat Centre since November 2008.  I feel blessed to be a part of the Bridges ministry.  I am a single parent of five children and am able to provide for them through my work for Bridges.  I have learned so much in the past years, and look forward to many more years.

Elias

Cindy

Rene

Mfesane

Mfesane – Sweet Home Projects Coordinator

I began with Bridges in 2014 as a volunteer the Sweet Home CHE program, then soon became an Orphans and Vulnerable Children Facilitator. This led me to volunteer in the Sweet Home Informal School, and I was hired to work there with Bridges in 2015. I now work with all of the Bridges ministries in Sweet Home. What I love about working with Bridges is the spiritual development I receive. I also love hanging out with the kids—I feel like their parent. Bridges is my true family.

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