Dr. Robert Malzahn, Board President
Bob is an Associate Professor with Concordia University Texas. He served as Coordinator of Graduate Studies for the DFW region until his retirement in June of 2014. Bob has served Lutheran Christian schools for 41 years and taught students from Grade 2 through university level. When asked why he serves BridgesWork he responded, “When first asked to serve BridgesWork I looked for excuses to say no. However, the Lord convicted me to realize the 40+ years of educational experience, He provided me, had prepared me for just such an opportunity. So, I joined the team, serve the kids and honor God.”
Ms. Terri Iles, Board Vice President
Terri Iles is currently the Executive Director of Learning Forward Texas. Previously she worked as an education consultant with 33 years of educational experience as a teacher, college tutor, Principal, Coordinator of Professional Development, and Coordinator of Quality Learning. Terri earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and has a master’s degree in educational administration from University of Texas Arlington. She taught all grade levels and multiple programs in elementary school for 18 years before moving into the principalship and administration. Terri’s love for children and learning, along with her commitment to the Hurst-Euless-Bedford Independent School District, led her to service and work with the BridgesWork board of directors. Terri is pictured below assisting one of our students during our December 2012 Christmas gift selection event. Each December students are invited to select gifts for their parents and siblings from an array of donated items.
Ann Jung, Board Member
Ann is a retired teacher who earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois. Following almost 20 years of classroom teaching, she remains committed to improving and investing in the lives of children. Volunteer roles include heading up the children’s Sunday School program, and VBS at her church in Colleyville. Teaching ESL to Koreans, leading bible study, and being a grandparent fill many hours of her days.
Ms. Taka Bowen, Board Member
Taka Bowen is currently a Special Education Instructor of Crowley Independent School District. Also, she is the Department Head of her campus for specialized services. Taka earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Langston University and her Masters of Education from Concordia University. Taka has served in education for nine years. She has worked with high school, middle and elementary students within the classroom. Prior to transitioning to education, she worked as a case manager in social services. In do so, her responsibilities entailed supporting her clients in sustaining housing, assisting in maintaining Dr. appointments, working on adult daily living and social skills. She has served individuals with developmental disabilities, psychiatric disorders, as well as, individuals with intellectual delays. She has performed individual and family counseling within the school systems and within one’s homes, implemented at-risk interventions within public schools, and executed parenting sessions throughout the community. Taka has worked with homeless populations in rendering HIV education and testing. She has experienced working with inmates release from the federal institute, to a half-way house before transitioning into society. Taka has the desire to touch the lives of our youth…leaving a positive impression in their hearts. As well as, have a lasting impact made on hers.
Ms. Norrie Eure, Board Member
Norrie Eure, Ph.D. recently retired from Grapevine-Colleyville ISD as a Literacy Intervention Supervisor; she also teaches reading courses as an adjunct at Texas Woman’s University. Areas of expertise include the identification of and intervention students with literacy difficulties. Norrie has worked as an educator for over 25 years; the last 15 with struggling readers and their teachers. She is thankful that the Lord has blessed her with the ability to help teachers gain an increasing understanding of literacy processes, to more effectively enhance student learning and progress. She is a member of the Bell Canto Ringers and Sanctuary Choir at Crown of Life Lutheran Church and is a member of their Lutheran School Board. At the community level she is is a volunteer for the Grapevine Wine Pouring Society.
Norrie is pictured below (on the far left) participating with Ms. Jennifer Sanchez, one of our program coordinators (center), and Ms. Ann Jung, another Board member, at one of our Saturday sessions.
Dr. Betty McIlvain, Board Member
Dr. Betty McIlvain, Interim RES Principal, is an experienced North Texas and Oklahoma school and community leader whose career includes campus administrative roles in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Locally, she has served as Campus Principal at Durham Elementary (2003-2011) and as Campus Principal at Walnut Grove Elementary School, established in 2011.
An adjunct professor of Higher Education at Oklahoma State University, Texas Woman’s University and Concordia University, Dr. McIlvain enjoys mentoring individuals who aspire to be effective campus leaders. She implements the concept of Servant Leadership through Compassionate Service, realizing her mantra of Service above Self.
Of service locally, she volunteers as a member of Metroport Rotary Club and Rotary International. Once a Dragon, always a Dragon, Dr. McIlvain cherishes the academic and social potential generated by every Dragon student, large or small.
Dr. McIlvain holds an Ed. D. Degree in Educational Administration from Oklahoma State University and has been honored with Oklahoma Outstanding Administrator of the Year, Texas Association of Gifted and Talented Advocate and Carroll ISD Community Service Awards.
When it comes to sports, during the month of college basketball tourney-time, known as March Madness, you can find this leader as an avid longtime fan of Kansas University, cheering for her beloved Jayhawks, even though the mascot is a unique bird of sorts!
“Santa” George Campbell – Board Member, Interim Tresurer
George Campbell has over four decades of experience in marketing, advertsing and public relations as a business executive and creative director for some of the world’s top marketing firms. Now retired, Santa George supports the vision and mission of BridgesWork because he wants to see all children have the best opportunity to reach their fullest potential. In additon to his board membership he takes a hands-on approach and is active in many BridgesWork programs as either an instructor, a photographer or both.
If you are wondering about the “Santa” part, George is also a member of Lone Star Santas, a group of dedicated year-round real-bearded Santas that bring love, hope and joy and healing by distributing thousands of toys to children who were the vicims of natural disasters. He is also an active member of Martin United Methodist Church where he serves in a variety of service roles. At the community level he is a Charter and Founding member of the Old Bedford School Preservation Society and is City of Bedford’s official Volunteer Photographer. George also helps small business as a monthly presenter for the Fort Worth Chapter of SCORE.
Jan Morgan, Co-founder
Jan Morgan, a co-founder of BridgesWork, retired from public school administration in 2010 after 31 years of service. She served as a teacher, campus and public school administrator in Dallas, Irving, Coppell, and Bryan before retiring from Southlake Carroll ISD. Dr. Morgan has also enjoyed over 25 years of service as an adjunct professor for Texas A&M University, the University of Texas at Arlington, the University of North Texas, and Concordia University. She is currently employed as an adjunct for Concordia University in the department of Educational Administration. The idea for BridgesWork came about as a result of a conversation Dr. Morgan had with a former Concordia graduate, Ms. Sharlyn Elliott, founder of Bridges Outreach of Denton County. The two joined forces in 2010 to ensure that a difference would be made in the lives of marginalized children in both Denton and Tarrant Counties. In 2012 Bridges Outreach of Denton County and BridgesWork became separate 501 (c) (3) entities. Both organizations continue to live out their dreams to ensure that the children whose lives they touch will know they are valued and loved, and can succeed in today’s world.
Randy Morgan, Co-Founder
Randy Morgan, a BridgesWork co-founder, retired from public school education in 2010 after 37 years of service. He served as a teacher, coach and central office administrator in Round Rock, Eanes, Carrollton-Farmers Branch and Coppell before retiring from Hurst-Euless Bedford ISD. Having a desire to give back to the community and his passion for making a difference in the lives of young people motivated him to join his wife in the development and implementation of BridgesWork. Steve Rodriguez, a former student/athlete and now a Euless police officer, may have said it best with these words, “Without Coach Morgan’s belief in me I wouldn’t be where I am today.” Randy is pictured below with Ms. Trudie Jackson, one of our founding Board members, during the Leadership Academy I graduation in July 2013.