Peg Thomas, Executive Director
Years ago I when was the Executive Director of the American Indian Health Care Association we addressed health disparities in medical care for Native American and Alaskan Natives on a national scale. I am thrilled to now address disparities on a global scale. As the Executive Director of the Grotto Foundation for 12 years, I helped create Native American language initiatives, that galvanized funding from national foundations and individuals. As a board member with Global Deaf Connections we financed the education of Deaf children in Kenya, the DR Congo and Jamaica. I bring a number of educational credentials including masters degrees from both the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities and Harvard.
I love helping all of us at Bridges to Learning join with founders Jerri Hirsch and Bob Mac Murdo as we act locally and globally to provide opportunities for all children. I believe that these efforts inspire us to open our hearts and minds. Let's make a big difference for children near and far.
Robert Mac Murdo, Financial Officer
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.