Who is Bridge Builders?

We believe the best way to transform a block is from within so we’re dedicated to hiring local leaders with deep roots in the very communities we’re serving. Our first Hub House contains offices, living space and community meeting space at 4642 N 40th St.

To set up a meeting please call us at 262-372-1564.

Staff

Eric Goudy

Eric Goudy

Community Connections Pastor

Eric is a native of Milwaukee. Eric has been married to his lovely wife for over 39 years and has 5 children. During Eric’s years in Milwaukee he has experienced many challenges, but through those challenges he has developed a heart of selflessness and a sincere concern for the welfare of the neighbors in Milwaukee.

Mobile: 414-793-4742

Email: eric@bridgebuildersmke.org

Zac Reuter

Zac Reuter

Operations Pastor

Zac is a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary where he received his Masters in Christian Leadership. After 7 years of leadership experience in the utility industry, he has shifted his focus to helping ministries run smoothly and effectively. Born and raised in Milwaukee, Zac looks forward to being back in the city. Zac wanted to be a part of Bridge Builders because of its focus on building relationships between neighbors and how God might use those relationships to improve the neighborhoods in Milwaukee.

Mobile: 414-839-2587

Email: zac@bridgebuildersmke.org

Board of Directors

Our executive board is made up of women and men called to fulfilling the mission of Bridge Builders: to inspire inner city innovation that transforms communities one block at a time. Our diverse range of experience and expertise is devoted to the physical, economic, cultural and spiritual flourishing of Milwaukee.

Kurt Owens

Kurt Owens

President and Founder

Kurt has been a pastor in Milwaukee since 2005. He has 20 years of accounting and leadership experience with a bachelor’s in business and an MA in Christian ministry. Kurt is in the final stages of completing his educational doctorate. He has been a resident of Milwaukee’s central city his entire life and has seen it thrive and would like to see the city return to its full capacity. He recognizes the people in the city who have struggled for positive change through the years, and wants to be a part of working towards change today.

Dan Baker

Dan Baker

Executive Board Member

Dan is the Director of Web and Design at Concordia University. He has 20 years of experience in website design and marketing. He studied theology before graduating from Madison Media Institute with a degree in Multimedia Design. He has five years of non-profit board experience with groups in Walker’s Point. Dan loves Milwaukee and sees the urgent need for racial solidarity and justice for marginalized people in our communities. He joined Bridge Builders to be a part of God’s work in the city.

Dr. Niya Bealin

Dr. Niya Bealin

Executive Board Secretary

Dr. Bealin is a school psychologist with Milwaukee Public Schools. She earned her doctorate of psychology in 2017 with an interest in addressing the whole-being of urban students. She has worked for 15 years with youth and families in Milwaukee’s central city. As a lifelong resident, Niya wants to inspire people to overcome disparities and limitations and help them understand their purpose and potential. She serves as board secretary for Bridge Builders and is proud to be part of a collective working toward transformation.

Shar Borg

Shar Borg

Executive Board Member

Shar Borg, formerly an Emmy winning News Reporter for WISN 12, has established herself as a leading real estate and relocation specialist in Milwaukee. She is the chosen real estate consultant to many of Milwaukee’s high profile residents, such as executives and players of the Milwaukee Bucks, while also focusing her talents on strengthening Milwaukee neighborhoods like Sherman Park. Shar has been a resident of Sherman Park for over 20 years where she and her husband Peter have been part of the church plant and leadership at Citybrook Church.

Lawrence E. Davanzo

Lawrence E. Davanzo

Executive Board Member

Throughout his career, Larry Davanzo has established a reputation for creating and leading businesses in a variety of investment fields. Larry has advised dozens of boards on their investment activities over the past 40 years, built three nationally recognized investment organizations, recruited hundreds of talented individuals, and dealt with some of the most complex investment issues facing institutional investors over the past three decades. A UW-Madison graduate, Larry was one of the pioneers in risk management and analytics in the field of modern finance. After a successful and storied career, Larry retired in 2012 and spends his time with his family, playing violin and on assignment as a photographer.

Hans Dawson

Hans Dawson

Executive Board Vice-President

Hans is the Owner/Operator of Lannon Stone Products, Inc. He holds a bachelor’s in mining engineering from the Colorado School of Mines. He has 20 years of management, financial analysis and engineering experience and 10+ years of investing and advising in the non-profit sector focusing on economic development. Hans believes Bridge Builder’s target area has tremendous potential for growth and sees the power of the Model Block concept to tie together a lot of great work being done all over the city. He serves as board vice-president and wants to see a prosperous, integrated Milwaukee.

Lauryn Deck

Lauryn Deck

Executive Board Member

Lauryn has spent the last 10 years in the brokering and strategic placement of commercial and employee benefit insurance. She is a transplant to Milwaukee from Kansas City, but wants to be a part of work that is transformative and meets the needs of the people of her new home town. Lauryn believes that finding true community means being willing to commit to one other. She sees Bridge Builders fulfilling that mission and wants to contribute to our vision of flourishing in the central city.

Jerry Gainer

Jerry Gainer

Executive Board Member, Neighborhood Representative

Jerry is a Bridge Builders neighborhood representative as well as board member. A skilled contractor, Jerry helps lead our work teams in the summer and contributes to home renovation projects.

Tom Gehl

Tom Gehl

Executive Board Member

Tom was born and raised in Waukesha, WI. He studied economics and has an MBA from Marquette University. Tom is currently the Director of Purchasing at Serigraph, Inc. He has served on the Elmbrook School Board for 12 years, seven of which he was President. Tom is especially drawn to the Bridge Builders model of cross-cultural engagement, and wants to help build bridges from white suburbia to the city. He wants to play a part, however modest, in working toward deeper understanding between ethnic groups. Tom believes that trust can be built through demonstrated action and interaction in smaller, locally-driven groups like Bridge Builders.

Emeritus board members
Tyrone Johnson

Tyrone Johnson

Founding Board Member

Willie Smith

Willie Smith

Founding Board Member

Nate Swinton

Nate Swinton

Founding Board Member

Sandy Washington

Sandy Washington

Founding Board Member

Melva Henderson

Melva Henderson

Founding Board Member

Rebecca Gehle

Rebecca Gehle

Founding Board Member