Meet the board of Bridges Outreach here.
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Owner and Founder of MCS Devices, Inc.
Johnny Foster is a long time community advocate for parents, students and teachers in the Lewisville and neighboring school districts. In that capacity he works with several local community groups. He is President of CCAAP (Concern Citizen and African-American Parents). CCAAP is deeply involved in advancing the educational causes that relate to African-American students, parents and teachers. Mr. Foster works with several organizations that provide educational assistance to local students. IntelliChoice, Inc. and EAF (Empowering America’s Future) are two such groups that provide free Math Tutoring for local students. Mr. Foster is also member of NDCBF (North Dallas Community Bible Fellowship) church where serves as 6th Grade youth teacher.
Mr. Foster is the owner and founder of MCS Devices, Inc., an electrical engineering firm that designs and provides custom microchips for the robotics industry. His favorite past times includes playing with grandkids, fishing, and researching is family history on Ancestry.com.
Data Coordinator at LHS Killough (LISD)
Jacqueline Jones is a 20+ year veteran of working with the youth in a myriad of formats. Jacqueline initially received a Master of Ministries in Christ Based Counseling from National Association of Certified Christ Based Counseling (NACCBC). Subsequently, Jacqueline received a MAR in Leadership and a MDIV in discipleship and church ministry from Liberty University.
Sis. Jackie, as she is known to the youth, she has mentored who now span various continents, officially began her journey working with the youth at Macedonia Ministries in Lewisville, TX. She served in a variety of capacities including a Sunday school teacher, a singles ministry instructor, a youth Bible-study teacher, and a youth activities coordinator. While diligently working with the youth at Macedonia, Sis. Jackie left the business world and journeyed into public education. She taught at a middle school for over 10 years before moving into a position in which she now coordinates instruction with teachers through the dissemination of student data at a high school.
In 2007, the Lord called Sis. Jackie into a new venture. She was one of five charter members for Real World Ministries, also located in Lewisville, TX, under the leadership of Senior Pastor, Rodney Minor. Sis. Jackie serves as the youth director while also serving as the evangelism/discipleship coordinator and instructor.
Sis. Jackie has received numerous awards in light of her work with the youth, yet one of her greatest rewards was her obedience to her heavenly Father and in honor of her biological father in returning to seminary school for her doctorate degree. Sis. Jackie resides in Carrollton, TX and her current projects include a return to blogging and authoring a book.
ESL Aide at Killian MS (LISD)
Enid Armstrong is a wife, mother and an ESL Aide Teacher at LISD. She is fully bilingual in Spanish. Outside of Bridges, she is a mother to her two teenage sons and a wife to her husband of 24 years. She is a parent volunteer for Troop 574. She is also secretary of the Troop 574 committee. She volunteers with two other outreach programs.
Realtor at Keller Williams Realty
Retired from LISD in 2004
Gloria Gonzales is a former Lewisville ISD teacher for the Bilingual Program. She retired in 2004. She is presently a Realtor® with Keller Williams: Dallas Metro North in Flower Mound.
“It is with great pride and pleasure that I serve on the board for Bridges Denton County Outreach Inc. since 2003 to the present. The fulfillment that one senses, is the most amazing part of sharing my time with the Board, knowing that it is for a much needed worthwhile purpose.
The sparkle in those children's eyes and testimonies heard, after they have attained a goal in their education process, as a result of our caring teachers working with them during the summer as well as during the term of the school year, is worth it all. I know Mrs. Elliott is rejoicing with the angels in Heaven to know that Bridges is continuing to go forward in helping our children succeed and to be productive citizens.
May God continue to bless Bridges!”
Principal at Forestwood MS (LISD)
David Tickner went to Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas for high school. He is an under grad at Marquette University & St. Edward’s University with a BA in History and Spanish & Education. He graduated from University of North Texas with a M.Ed. in Administration. He has been a teacher, department head, and an administrator at multiple schools including Holy Cross High School in San Antonio, TX, Jesuit College Preparatory School, Dallas, TX for 19 years, DeLay Middle School & Forestwood Middle School, both in LISD, for 16 years.
“The blessing of working at DeLay Middle School with Mrs. Elliott gave her and I time to talk about the needs of our diverse community of children. Our students needed continued support beyond the school year, not only in the academic areas but in the spiritual realm. Bridges was a vehicle for supporting our students in that manner. By providing a venue, activities, appropriate adult role models and spiritual direction, Bridges is making our world a better place. It is truly humbling to be a small part of that movement.”
Medical Assistant at Dr. Dunham Family Practice
Morgan Elliott is a medical assistant at Dr. Dunham Family Practice in Flower Mound, TX. She received her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Baylor University in Waco, TX in 2011. She does have a passion for service and medicine and desires to eventually attend graduate school to become a Physician’s Assistant.
She has been working with Bridges since the commencement in the summer of 2001 as a teacher’s assistant and administrative assistant to the former Executive Director and her mother, Mrs. Sharlyn Elliott. Morgan believes that she has an exceptional grasp on her mother’s vision for the ministry and aspires to make certain the character of the outreach remains the same and that it continues to grow and touch thousands of lives the way God intends.
STAAR Exit Recovery Program Director
ESL Teacher at LHS Main (LISD)
Rita Lasuzzo is currently a Lewisville ISD teacher for English as a Second Language (ESL) and regular education. She relocated to Lewisville as a teacher in 1998.
“Looking back at the inception of Bridges makes me realize how much this organization has impacted the lives of children. The focus has always been to meet the needs of the children, including Algebra Foundation classes, TAKS tutoring classes, band tutoring, sports camps, and STARR tutoring. Bridges is an organic organization that changes as the children’s needs change. I have been a part of this since Mrs. Elliott devised this concept to provide support for elementary students.
To witness over 3,000 children walking across the stage and getting their diploma is priceless, knowing that I have been a part of this organization. With the dedication of the Board and staff, Bridges continues to move forward after the loss of our founder, Mrs. Elliott. Bridges carries on the torch for the forgotten children, the ones who need every advantage to become well-adjusted, productive citizens. I am very proud to be a part of this dynamic organization.”
Data Clerk at Degan ES (LISD)
Kim Teamer has a heart for the children of our community. She is currently a Data Clerk at Degan Elementary where she gets to work with children on a daily basis. She is co-founder of Heavenly Supply Depot, a non-profit that was born out of need to provide backpacks, school supplies and other basic needs to our children. Through this program, over 10,000 students have received backpacks and school supplies. This program is now run by the district. She was given the prestigious award 2012 Citizen of the Year by the Lewisville Texan Journal. Additionally, Heavenly Supply Depot was a runner up for 2013 Non-Profit of the Year.
“Mama Teamer” or “Sis. Kim”, as she is called by so many of the youth that she works with, was Youth Director at Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Lewisville, TX for seven years where she implemented programs like AWANA, Children’s Church, and the annual Back to School Gospel Explosion. She was also PTSA President at the Lewisville Learning Center (LISD). She continues to work with students via Bridges Summer Camp. She is also a Board Member of the LHS Theater Booster Club and Hospitality Coordinator of the LHS Choir Booster Club where her son, a junior attending Lewisville HS, participates in those activties as well. She also has two older sons, 26 and 27, who graduated from Lewisville HS.
Mama Teamer loves the Lord with all of her heart and soul, and wants to ensure that every child knows that the Lord loves them.