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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 programming 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















Vanessa Tinsley
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 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."

Cassandre D. Anglade, Esq., Associate at David Low & Associates, P.A..
Cassandre attended Archbishop Curley Notre Dame High School which instilled in her a desire for service and giving back to the community. She has been actively engaged in community service throughout her adult life and began volunteering regularly at Bridge to Hope in 2009. Fluent in English and Creole, Cassandre holds a Bachelor of Science in Print Journalism from FIU and Juris Doctorate from FIU College of Law. Board Member since 2015.

Diana Tinsley
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.

Raquel Hickey
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.

Devon Schweidel
Devon was born and raised in New York City. She attended Stony Brook University receiving a dual degree in Cultural Anthropology and Art History. After college she spent the next several years traveling the world. She translated folklore in Madagascar, worked with the Maasai in Tanzania, helped the Park Service in Kenya, lived on a farm in Norway, and attended La Sorbonne in Paris. When she finally decided to return state-side, she landed in Miami Florida. Key Biscayne yacht club offered her a job as a sailboat racing coach. While coaching, Devon began teaching Music at St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School. Currently Devon teaches 4th grade in Denver Colorado and spends her spare time skiing.

Margarita Spencer
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 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 Hunter College City University of New York, School of Visual Arts New York, New York, and Florida International University.

Al Scavone
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.

Julie Perez
Senior Master Sargent in you United States Air Force currently working for the Department of Defense as a Training Management Specialist in charge of developing programing, conference planner and speaker, and training program supervisor. She was awarded Senior Non- Commissioned Officer of the Quarter 2014 and 2016 at Homestead Air Reserve Base, as well as being awarded South Florida Federal Employee of the Year Administrative Division in 2014.  Julie holds an A.A. in Business and is currently completing her B.A. in Management and Supervision.