Steve is the Executive Director of Child Bridge.
Steve and his wife Mary have been foster parents, and understand the issues children “from hard places” face. Steve’s faith is a foremost priority in his life and he brings that focus to his work with children, families, churches, pastors and other child welfare providers daily.
He is a seasoned professional with over 40 years of proven experience in entrepreneurship and small business executive management skills. Steve excels in building trusted relationships with all levels of organizations across a variety of industries. He has been noted for his excellent problem solving skills…an “out of the box” thinker with a creative approach to business issues.Steve attended Montana State University and served in the U.S. Army Reserve Special Forces Unit. He was honorably discharged and received the Medal of Valor. His child welfare education includes State of Montana Foster/Adoptive Licensing Training, Intermountain Therapeutic Level Foster/Adoptive Licensing Training, Salish Kootenai Foster/Adoptive Licensing Training, Youth Dynamics Therapeutic Foster/Adoptive Training, Partnership for Children Therapeutic Foster/Adoptive Training, Mental Health Education (NAMI), Circle of Security and Suicide Prevention. Additionally, Steve has over 180 hours of ongoing monthly training provided by leading child welfare content experts as part of Child Bridge family support and training.
Steve and Mary are parents of two daughters and grandparents of two young boys. They have been foster parents to a teenage boy (now 22), who they have an ongoing relationship with, as well as his biological parents. Their foster son is now married, recently had a baby boy, and named Steve and Mary as grandparents to his son.
Mary is the Mission Advancement Director at Child Bridge.
Mary has had a long executive career focused primarily in the Pacific Northwest and Silicon Valley areas where she has served in many positions including Vice President of Operations, Vice President Client Services and Account Development Director in media/digital marketing communications firms and high technology companies.
Leaving the “for-profit” sector to focus on the mission of Child Bridge is a dream come true. Mary has real passion for the mission of bringing families to children in need. With experience in many areas of small to mid-size business management, she oversees program management, marketing communications and development.
She received degrees from the University of Oregon (B.A.), Brooks Institute of Photography (B.F.A.), attended the MBA program at University of Portland and attended classes at University of Montana in the Non-Profit Certificate Program. Her child welfare education includes State of Montana Foster/Adoptive Licensing Training, Salish Kootenai Foster/Adoptive Licensing Training, Youth Dynamics Therapeutic Foster/Adoptive Training, Partnership for Children Therapeutic Foster/Adoptive Training, Circle of Security, and over 180 hours of continuing education provided by leading child welfare content experts as part of Child Bridge family support and training.