Board

Jerilyn Hirsch - Founder & Vice Chair

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Jerilyn decided that when she turned 60 she would retire from her career as an organization development consultant and do something to "make the world a better place." Her professional work focused on helping to make organizations more effective and more humane. It also involved a lot of teaching, albeit to adults.She wanted to do her humanitarian work in Vietnam and learned that Anh Linh Free School needed to start an English program for its students.

Living in Vietnam, teaching these amazing kids and working with the teachers and staff at Anh Linh changed her life. After seeing the effect that this work had on the students' lives, Jerri and her husband, Bob Mac Murdo, founded Bridges to Learning so that they could continue the work. Jerri has learned that "making a difference is a choice, not an accident." She continues to inspire people on many continents to make that choice.

Robert Mac Murdo - Treasurer

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"Of the many wonderful things you discover in retirement are the opportunities to give your time and energy for worthwhile causes. I had an engineering background and worked for AT&T in both engineering, marketing and business development for thirty years and wasn't certain where I could use that in a way that met my objectives.

I always regarded education as a field of endeavor to pursue and when I met Jerri the answer was very easy. Jerri first asked if I could sponsor a child and that became the easy part. Then when I traveled to Vietnam to visit Jerri while she worked with the school I met my "godchild" and was hooked. Creating Bridges to Learning, Inc. provides the means to help so many and as in business there become goals to meet and tasks to be accomplished but nothing touches the heart more that the recipients, the children."   - Bob Mac Murdo

Linh Phan

linh phanLinh Phan's family migrated to America when she was seven.  She has a unique perspective on the journey of life through witnessing her parents' persistence to pursuit the American dream.  She observed her parents losing everything, then finding the strength to rebuild through sacrifices and hard work.  Linh harvested their love to focus on attaining her BS in Computer Science.  This started her magnificent journey of learning, overcoming, and reflection.  Reflecting on her own journey, Linh acknowledges all of the compassion she has received along the way and the "pay it forward" nature of her good fortune.  She is determined to give back and therefore is actively involved in numerous charities.

Linh is a VP of Technology currently at Evine with 25+ years of technology experience. Her experiences span the full development cycle playing functional, technical to managerial roles.  These roles enabled her to work on various type of systems such as Ecommerce, ERP, Web Technologies, EAI, Business Intelligence and Analytics.

Joe Hellman

joe hellmanJoe Hellman is a provider of financial due diligence for Riveron Consulting. Prior to Joe joining Riveron, he worked at a variety of public accounting firms performing audits and transaction advisory services over the course of 10 years. 

Born in Northcentral Iowa, Joe moved to Minnesota to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato where he obtained an Accounting and Corporate Finance double major. 

While working at Ernst & Young, he met his wife. Through his visits to her home country of Thailand, he became passionate for helping children in Southeast Asia. While looking for ways to serve that community in the Twin Cities, he found Bridges to Learning. 

Joe is looking forward to using his relationships and financial background to help grow B2L.

Bryan Huang

bryan huangBryan Huang is a leader and expert in "Strategic Sourcing and Low Cost Countries Sourcing".

Born and raised in Taipei, Taiwan, Bryan moved to the US when he was a teenager and graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno for his B.S. in Logistics and earned his MBA from Eastern Michigan University. He spent 10 years in the Automotive industry, 3 years in Industrial, and 7 year in Safety, currently working for a garage door company.

After a 5 year overseas assignment in Asia, he returned to Minnesota in February 2016, where Bryan and his wife had twin girls in April. He wants to give back to the community, and B2L was the perfect fit due to the International focus on under-privilege children in Vietnam

Bryan is looking forward to using his Management and Sourcing skills to help guild and grow B2L. The more funding we can get, the more kids we can help to receive education. With B2L's support, they will be able to have tools that can give them a better choice and life.

Sharon Wang

sharon wangSharon Wang is a portfolio manager at Thrivent Financial. She worked in Goldman Sachs for 5 years in New York and spent 7 years as a hedge fund manager in Philadelphia before moving to Minnesota in 2017.

Growing up in China, Sharon had witnessed some of the poorest conditions in developing countries, especially rural areas, where children had to walk several miles each way to school in good or bad weather, on paved or dirt or no road, with handmedown books or sometimes no books. She felt fortunate to have had the experience of world class education in the US. Sharon has volunteered and been involved in non-profit initiatives to help improve education conditions in east and southeast Asia in the past. She is committed to help more kids through B2L.

Anjie Flowers

anjie flowersAnjie Flowers joined the B2L Board in 2018. Anjie currently works as Assistant General Counsel at Minneapolis Public Schools. Prior to that she served as the Equality and Civil Rights Investigator at the District. Her prior Board service has always focused on education. Anjie is passionate about educational success and academic achievement for all students. In order to achieve these things children must first have access to quality education.

As someone who has benefited from educational opportunities, Anjie's heart was tugged when she learned about B2L and the access to education that B2L provided to children who wouldn't otherwise have it. Anjie has a B.A. in English, M.A. in Organizational Management and Human Resources, and a Juris Doctor degree. Anjie looks forward to making meaningful impacts to all the children B2L supports.


Joe Hellman is a provider of financial due diligence for Riveron Consulting. Prior to Joe joining Riveron, he worked at a variety of public accounting firms performing audits and transaction advisory services over the course of 10 years.

Born in Northcentral Iowa, Joe moved to Minnesota to attend Minnesota State University, Mankato where he obtained an Accounting and Corporate Finance double major.

While working at Ernst & Young, he met his wife. Through his visits to her home country of Thailand, he became passionate for helping children in Southeast Asia. While looking for ways to serve that community in the Twin Cities, he found Bridges to Learning.

Joe is looking forward to using his relationships and financial background to help grow B2L.