With tremendous experience across the corporate, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, Jean is uniquely suited to lead Bridges for Heroes (BFH) to the next level. Jean’s tenure (10 years) with the Disney Company has provided her with the necessary skill-set to oversee Bridges for Heroes and help thousands and thousands of Veterans who need financial assistance in obtaining the medical assistance they deserve. She has been deeply involved in establishing the organization and it is from this vantage point that she charts the Bridges for Heroes course as it moves forward.
“I want to explore ways to increase revenue by expanding, maximizing and leveraging our resources and partnerships, so we can help more veterans transform their lives for the better,” she says. Her proven success in multiple capacities for the Disney Company, especially with Disney Vacation Club sales are an asset to Bridges For Heroes.
Jean learned from the ground up the importance of collaboration and the power of public support. In her capacity as Executive Director, Jean spearheads fundraising efforts while overseeing Fund and Board Development strategic plans for growth and nonprofit compliance.
Her roles as facilitator, trainer and manager of multiple teams have garnered her the respect of many including Bridges For Heroes staff, Board of Directors, volunteers, and most importantly, our veterans.
Philanthropy runs in her blood as she has dedicated hundreds of hours and resources to many nonprofit organizations including: Junior Achievement, PAWS to Read, Give Kids the World, Covenant House, Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando, Girl Scouts of the USA, Financial Peace University and others.
Jean earned her certification in Nonprofit Management from the Edyth Bush Institute for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at Rollins College, her Bachelor’s Degree (cum laude) from the University of Tampa, and has completed multiple hours of class work towards her Master’s Degree from University of South Florida. She is also a licensed Realtor and held a Mortgage Broker’s license. Jean is married and has two grown children.
Jean and her husband, Kirby, reside in Davenport, Florida, just outside of Orlando and have two grown children.