BOARD OF DIRECTORS

What is our goal in the long run?

We build stronger, happier, and safer communities by empowering our clients to be sustainably self-sufficient. We do this by offering to program and collaborating with the best of other local providers to create opportunities for economic change. Our goal is the create a model program that can be duplicated in other areas.

You are their hero, and ours too! Bridge to Hope is made possible by the generous support of our funders, retail partners, and caring people just like you.

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VANESSA TINSLEY

Executive Director & Founder

Executive Director and Founder of Bridge to Hope. Vanessa is a Miami Leader, Class of 2016. She has a certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Florida Association of Non-Profit Organizations, a Bachelor in Theology, and a Masters in Worship Arts. She is an ordained minister, spiritual leader, and advisor who spent 30 years teaching Fine Arts, Sacred Studies and Religion and also served as Chaplain and Director of Family Ministry in the Episcopal Diocese of Southeast Florida. Vanessa began working as a Public and Motivational Speaker in 1994 and has presented at conferences is in the U.S., Spain, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic. Vanessa is a Graduate of the Social Entrepreneur Bootcamp, and the District 8 Non-Profit Academy. Her life mission is "to leave people better than I found them."

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CASSANDRE D. ANGLADE, ESQ.,

Director

Cassandre is a first-generation Haitian-American and local attorney in Miami. Her strong familial and cultural background rooted in Christianity instilled in her the value of service to others and community support.  Over the past two decades, Cassandre was actively involved with the American Heart Association, volunteered with WLRN’s Radio Reading Service, and served at Camillus House.  In 2009, She began volunteering with Bridge to Hope and found a home. She joined the Board of Directors in 2015.

Cassandre earned a Bachelor of Science in Communications from FIU’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and her Juris Doctorate from FIU’s College of Law. She is the Owner/President of Anglade Law, LLC since 2017.

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RAQUEL HICKEY

Director

MBA, Banking Nova Southeastern.

The College of New Jersey BA, Art Therapy and Psychology

Publisher of Gables Living Magazine, providing solutions for clients through networking via print media, and connecting businesses to affluent buyers. Before joining us at Bridge to Hope, Raquel was Director of Development for Alfalit International responsible for fundraising, community awareness, and donor relations. She brings more than 20 years of experience in banking and finance. Additionally, Raquel is a member of the South Miami Rotary Club as well as a member of the Board of Directors for the Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce.

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MARGARITA SPENCER

Director

Retired Former Vice President and Partner at Bugdal Group Inc. Miami Florida, and Graphic Artist for Milici Valenti Advertising, Honolulu Hawaii Margi brings experience as Production Director, Project Manager, Administrator, and Graphic Designer. Margi is fully bilingual in English and Spanish and speaks conversational French. Margi is a co-pastor of Basileia International Ministries and speaks internationally. Besides teaching, she is responsible for all publishing; promotion; administration; and co-authoring and translating the ministry books, manuals, and resources for Basileia International Ministries. She has co-authored four books. Margi studied Fine Arts at the Hunter College City University of New York, School of Visual Arts New York, New York, and Florida International University.

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AL SCAVONE

Director

Former Business Owner and Youth Ministry Director, Al serves as Senior Associate Pastor at Abundant Life Christian Centre in Margate Florida where he has been serving since 1974. In addition to teaching and counseling at the church, he has also ministered in Thailand and Vietnam. Pastor Al counseled/ministered for 12 years at the Sonrise Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation Center and currently does counseling ministry at Banyan Treatment Center of Pompano. He holds a Bachelor in Theology.

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JULIE PEREZ

Director

Senior Master Sargent in you the United States Air Force currently working for Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command as the MAJCOM Training Manager.  She oversees policy and implementation, on-the-job training requirements, unit training, and development as well as providing budget requirements and oversight.  She was awarded Senior Non- Commissioned Officer of the Quarter in 2014, 2016, and 2017 and in 2017, a Sharp Award in 2018, as well as being awarded South Florida Federal Employee of the Year Administrative Division in 2014.  Julie holds an A.A. and 2 A.S., a B.A. in Training Specialist and is currently pursuing her Masters in Management with a focus on Training and Talent Development.

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DIANA TINSLEY

Director Emeritus

Diana currently works in Health Management Administration and has a degree in Business from Florida State University. She has worked extensively with physically challenged children and has a passion for helping families. Raised in South Miami-Dade, Diana volunteered with Bridge to Hope for 15 years and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

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RYAN MILLER

- BA Colgate University Molecular Biology
- MHSA, University of Michigan School of Public Health
- AVP Operations, HCA Ambulatory Surgery Division - East Florida

Ryan Miller was born in Los Angeles, California. He graduated from Colgate University with a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology. He continued his education at the University of Michigan School of Public Health where he received a Masters in Health Services Administration. He is currently the Assistant Vice President of Operations for HCA’s Ambulatory Surgery Division - East Florida market.