Who We Are


In 2004, several families came together to form an organization that would be devoted to providing opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities as they transitioned into adulthood. Our volunteer effort resulted in the formation of BRIDGE For Youth & Adults with Disabilities, now known as BRIDGE For Community Life. Today BRIDGE serves over 300 individuals yearly and continues to operate with a holistic approach to life: that a balance of life skills development, continued learning, recreation, and leisure leads to healthy minds and bodies. Our clients live in St. Croix & Pierce counties in Wisconsin and Washington County in Minnesota. We offer programs and services year-round and have recruited and developed a first-rate staff of dedicated, hard-working, and full-hearted individuals who befriend and care for our clients everyday. Our focus remains creating opportunities for youth and adults with disabilities in a highly integrated setting.



Peg Gagnon

Executive Director

Peg is the managing director of BRIDGE For Community Life. She is responsible for the overall operation and performance of the organization and, along with ten other parents and friends of youth with disabilities, co-founded BRIDGE in 2004. Outside of BRIDGE, Peg enjoys spending time with family and friends, boating, traveling, and reading.


Jesse Stickler

Program Director

Since 2008, Jesse has been responsible for the operational systems, processes, and policies for BRIDGE adult programs. Jesse brings extensive work experience in supporting individuals with disabilities in their homes and the community both in western Wisconsin and the metro area. Jesse enjoys hiking, kayaking, camping, cooking and spending time with family and friends.


Ginny Ballantine

Administrative and Marketing Director

Ginny was a founding board member in 2004 and has continued to provide administrative, membership, volunteer, marketing, and fundraising support to BRIDGE. In addition, she has developed and implemented the innovative BRIDGE Campus Life program on the UW-River Falls campus. Ginny lives for mountain views, river trips, and braving the cold to snowshoe.


Linda Redding

Program and Event Support

Linda was a BRIDGE board member and an Early Childhood T.A. for the Hudson School District before starting at BRIDGE in 2010. She has spend years developing curriculum for BRIDGE Day Programs, coordinating extracurricular opportunities, and preparing bus routes and schedules. She also provides support for BRIDGE Fundraisers and Special Events. Linda is a passionate Wisconsin Badgers fan who loves travel and time with family.


Kristin Beckman

HR & Program Manager

Kristin joined BRIDGE as a program assistant in 2012 and soon after became a Program Manager. Kristin also serves as BRIDGE’s staffing coordinator and CPR/First Aid Instructor, and she provides assistance in all things technical around the office. Kristin played piano for 8 years and enjoys taking her Lab-Australian Cattle Dog mix, Lacy, on hikes.


Dan Sammon

Vehicle Technician

Dan worked for the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and the Chicago Transit Authority before retiring in 2015. He currently serves as our Vehicle Technician, making sure our vehicles are always maintained and running in tip-top shape. Dan enjoys golfing and gardening in his free time.


Geena Troester

Program Supervisor

Geena started at BRIDGE in November 2015, after learning about us at Walk On Therapeutic Riding in River Falls. She originally served as one of BRIDGE’s Lead Program Assistants and now serves as a Program Supervisor, committed to making sure the clients get the most out of their days. She loves camping, fishing, and playing with her dog Nala, not to mention shopping at Target.


Cheri Weiss

Financial Specialist

With extensive banking experience, Cheri has been BRIDGE’s financial specialist since 2013. She works closely with Peg on the Board of Director’s monthly reporting and assists with the preparation of the annual budget. When she’s not crunching numbers, Cheri keeps busy with house projects, antique shopping, travel, and her pets, Sasha, Phoenix, and Ellie Mae. 


Ellie Ballantine

Communications & Volunteer Coordinator

Initially a volunteer with BRIDGE, Ellie became Campus Life Coordinator in 2015 and now also serves as Communications & Volunteer Coordinator. She brings campus experiences to BRIDGE clients, connects the community to volunteer opportunities at BRIDGE, and coordinates all things media and marketing. Hiking, baking, and traveling are some of her favorite things.

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