Board of Directors
Tanya J. Reed | President
Info: Ms. Reed is currently retired from the banking/credit union industry where she worked for many years as a department head in collections. Ms. Reed has experience in dealing with low income consumers. Prior to her second career she was a business owner / caterer in the restaurant industry. Ms Reed joined the Board of Bridges in 2004. She served on the Citizens Advisory Committee during Mayor Dan Cannon’s terms, for the Community Development Department. RE07-11
Andrea Crowe | Vice President
Kristy Spence | Treasurer
Info: Ms Spence joins the Board as a representative of the non-profit finance community. Her firm has worked for 501c3 agencies and is very familiar with Bridges financial picture.
Connie Gregory | Secretary
Info: Ms Gregory is most recently the ED of the Muncie Community Development Department. Prior to her position with the city, she was the ED of the Delaware County Housing Authority. Beyond that position she worked for the city, in the CD Department. Her focus is low income housing. Chair, Board Dev and By Laws Comm.
Board of Members
Marianne Benson | Retired Teacher
Vinnell Kelly | Veteran
Julie Mason | Altrusa Member
Samantha Buckles | Agency Rep.
Meet our Staff
- Samantha Buckles | Executive Director
- Alanna Hensley | Fiscal Manager
- Karee Buffin | Fund Developer/Maintenance Supervisor
- Sara R. Beaver | Program Case Manager
- Missy Nelson | Veterans Case Manager
- Rodney Kiger | Maintenance Department
- Bridges Community Services, Inc. (BCS) was established as Minority owned non-for profit business; (Libby Petro: Executive Director).
- 318 W. 8th Street building was renovated and converted into transitional housing using grant money for housing rehabilitation.
- Bridges is classified as a CHDO: A Community Housing Development Organization. (A private nonprofit, community-based organization that has staff with the capacity to develop affordable housing for the community it serves.)
- Susan Kemp becomes CEO.
- The focus became more inclusive for homeless in the community.
- Grants were obtained that included men as well as women and children.
- Some properties were purchased and rehabilitated, while others were donated to BCS for the use of the mission.
BCS converted a property into a seasonal emergency shelter which is now open all year around. Individuals displaced from fire, weather, or other short term emergencies have a place to go while long-term housing can be sought for them.
The Senior Employment Program (SEP) was added to BCS
Indiana’s first Tiny Home village opened at BCS with 6 tiny homes
- A CDBG grant was obtained to support BCS as a disaster response site.
- The HUB, (Housing Utilization Building) opens for business.
- Funding changes to “housing first” model
- Additional funding was secured for cots, emergency equipment, a generator, first aid items, and replacement of appliances for low income housing units.
- Susan Kemp stepped down as CEO and BCS gained a new Executive Director, Samantha Buckles.