Staff members of The BridgeLine come from all walks of life to live, work, and learn from people with disabilities. They believe strongly in the ideal of service and in the mission of The BridgeLine. They want to integrate the values of their personal lives with the ideals of their working lives.
Daniela Pretzer, MD PhD – Executive Director
I obtained my medical degree in Germany and then pursued a clinical career, teaching, and research. A dedication to helping people, along with my interest in organizational development, brought me to The BridgeLine in the beginning of 2007. My commitment is to support everyone in The BridgeLine in any way I can to enable them to live their lives to the fullest.
Kenneth Howe, Director of Finance & Employee Experience
Kenn is a serial entrepreneur and senior financial manager with expertise in starting and managing micro to small business operations. He has started, grown, and successfully sold three businesses. In 2002, he shifted his attention to nonprofit organizations and served for four years as the CFO of the Community Council for the Homeless and seven years as CFO of Hispanic Communications Network, both in Washington, D.C. He is an alumnus of Warren Wilson College, where he majored in History, Political Science, and Economics. Kenn’s family is impacted by brain injury and he brings a special passion to his work with The BridgeLine. His mission is to help every person with a brain injury realize their full potential and insuring every family helping them achieve their goal is fully supported.
Michael Nafziger, BA – Volunteer and Donor Experience Manager
I hold a BA in Economics and Peace & Conflict Studies from Swarthmore College. I believe that everyone deserves to live and participate in a safe and vibrant community and strive toward that reality in all my work. I use my skills in fundraising, program design, and data analysis to forward community and economic development. As a Charlottesville native, I’m grateful to serve this community through my work at The BridgeLine. Pursuits in my free time include playing and coaching soccer as well as exploring the great outdoors.
Leigh Wion, CTRS – Program Administrator
I have many years of clinical experience in adult spinal cord injury and brain injury rehabilitation. In 2000, I was recruited to start a pilot program for persons who experience disabilities following brain injuries utilizing the clubhouse model of service delivery. I have served on the Board of Directors for the International Brain Injury Clubhouse Alliance and The Virginia Brain Injury Council. Prior to the merger with Building Bridges Charlottesville in 2015 to form The BridgeLine I was the Executive Director of Virginia Neurocare Foundation for 2 years.
Peter Michaels, MS – Unit Coordinator (BridgeLine Place)
I have a BA in Psychology and an MS in Family and Child Development, Specializing in Marriage and Family Therapy. I worked for over twenty years in mental health, primarily providing home-based services to families with at-risk children. I have lived in Charlottesville since June 2000 and began working at The BridgeLine in August 2019. When not working, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. Hobbies include listening to live music and reading.
Tim Campbell, BA – Case Manager
I have over 20 years of experience in Behavioral Health and Human Services, all of which have been within the non-profit sector. I grew up in Crozet and have spent the majority of my life in Central Virginia. My career mission is to make a positive impact in the world and to offer support for disadvantaged individuals. I am proud to be a part of the BridgeLine team and I feel that the agency is a wonderful resource in the community. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, hanging with my dog/goats/chickens, fly fishing, cooking, camping, coaching youth baseball and enjoying the beauty of our area.
Jonathan Barr, BA – House Manager
Although not native to Virginia, I spent most of my life in western Loudoun County. Before moving to Charlottesville, I was finishing up my degree and teaching practicum in Northern Virginia. I received a BA in Secondary English Education from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia and worked towards my Associate of Fine Arts at Northern Virginia Community College. I spent a few years in retail management and found my passion for helping people. I have found that The BridgeLine is the perfect place for me to blend compassion and my education background. My hope is that I can help our residents become as independent as possible through education-based teaching strategies. During my free time, I enjoy spending quality time with my family and my dog.
Jeanette L. Johnson-Early, BA – Residential Caregiver
I was born in Philadelphia, PA where I attended school until I moved to upstate New York at the age of 13, where I finished high school and college. I have a B.A. in Healthcare Administration with a focus on Long Term Care. I also have over 20 years of experience working with individuals as a case manager, behavioral health specialist, residential counselor, and advocate. I have a passion for working in a residential community which is why I wanted to join The BridgLine. Though my time here has been short, I have loved every minute of learning and getting to know the residents and staff. When not working, I enjoy spending time as a newlywed, cooking, cleaning, dining out, and relaxing with my sons, cat, and two new puppies.
Monique Broady, BS– Residential Caregiver
I received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology from the University of Phoenix. I love working with people. I do a lot of volunteering, and I love helping others through problems and assisting people with their everyday needs. I’m so happy at The BridgeLine and love working with the residents to encourage them to grow and thrive.
Robbie Magill – Residential Caregiver
I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and have spent the last 3 years in Charlottesville attending the University of Virginia. I plan to graduate in 2022 with a BA in Cognitive Science, concentrating in Neuroscience. During my time at UVA, I developed my passion for psychology and neuroscience through a plethora of classes and research. I love working at The BridgeLine because it allows me to explore my desire to work with and help people with brain injuries and other psychological conditions in a personal setting, something I want to pursue further in graduate school. When not working, I enjoy reading, watching movies, exercising, and spending time with my friends and family.
Marcelo Sleiman Jr., BA– Residential Caregiver
A Virginia Beach native, I am a recent graduate of the University of Virginia, Class of 2021, where I obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Biostatistics with a minor in Psychology. I am currently spending my time taking a gap year to prepare myself for medical school while working at The BridgeLine. Working as a Resident Advisor and Senior Resident Advisor in Housing and Residence Life at UVA translated well to my time at the BridgeLine, as I have a passion for serving and helping others while striving to create a safe and welcoming community for all. At UVA, I stayed active by playing for the University Club Handball team and participating in Beach Volleyball Club. I also enjoyed volunteering for Madison House and Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital whenever I was home during breaks. In my free time I enjoy going to the gym, surfing, watching Marvel, and hanging out with friends and family!