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.



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, Masters in Worship Arts,  B.A.S. in Supervision and Management, as well as serveral professional certificates. 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.  She received the Angels in Adoption Award from the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute and is a winner of the Guidewell Innovation Challenge for creating food security solutions. Her life mission is "to leave people better than I found them."




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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Brazilian, married, currently living in Miami.   With Mastercard for 5 years, now leading the Marketing Services business unit for the Latin America and Caribbean region.

Economist, with MBA in Business, working with Product Management for the most part of my career, I am passionate about doing business in a way that the outcomes are truly impactful for the economy, the company and for our society.

To live a happy life, balancing work with sports, family and friends. Trying to grow and learn also by knowing other countries and cultures, through traveling, appreciating arts, music and food, and learning languages.

With Bridge to Hope, trying to contribute to building equality.




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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Jenny has over 20 years of experience leading complex transformation programs and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) technology implementations.  She is passionate about helping organizations solve problems and building high performing teams. For the past 10 years, she has dedicated herself to helping public sector,  education, and healthcare organizations transform their back-office functions and become more efficient.   She helped to align strategic priorities and program outcomes, develop roadmaps and plans, and successfully delivered over 12 full lifecycle ERP deployments.  Jenny received her bachelor degrees in Bioengineering and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania.  She lives in Miami with her husband and their 12 year-old son

Julie Tinsley



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.


Barbara Vega

Barbara Vega is a nonprofit leader with a proven track record in management, mentoring and leadership. She has a demonstrated ability to excel through innovative, out of the box thinking. She has strong interpersonal skills combined with strengths in business development and facilitation. She possesses strong communication and relationship management skills, with a proven track record in successfully building working relationships with donors for maximizing nonprofit revenue. She currently leads a fundraising effort for a large non-profit organization with overall revenue of over $42M (and of over $380M including GIK). She is successful in delivering industry leading results, and is also skilled in driving operational performance through leadership and strategic planning. Ms. Vega has a proven track record in building and leading high performing teams that succeed in producing fundraising results. Barbara is a bilingual CFRE candidate.


Barbara holds a BA in Economics/Management from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters’ Degree in Adult and Secondary Education (Bilingual/Bicultural Studies) from California State University. After graduation she worked in accounting and as a management trainee at a major insurance company in Atlanta, GA. She then lived and worked abroad, teaching English as a Foreign Language to company executives in Mexico City, Mexico and in San Juan Puerto Rico. Upon returning to the U.S., Barbara spent over ten years in adult and secondary education in greater Los Angeles, CA, where she set up and directed career-based ESL/English language learning programs at vocational and community colleges. She later decided to move into grant-seeking, writing multi-million dollar grants for a major law enforcement software company, a subsidiary of 3M. After marrying in 2004, she relocated to South Florida, where she has served as Director of Development at ECHOCuba, and as Director of Missions Expansion-Foundation Relations for Cross Catholic Outreach. Barbara has also completed the Harvard Executive Education Program certificate in Nonprofit Performance Measurement.  Ms. Vega has traveled to countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, and Africa. She enjoys being with her family, and playing tennis.



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.