Bridge Advisors

The following people are generously offering their advice to assist the Bridge in the fulfillment of its mission:

Douglas Bonar, LMHC- Douglas is the Owner and Clinical Director of A Center for Wellness. He recently retired from over 20 years as a child abuse consultant. In his private practice Douglas specializes in energy psychology and group psychotherapy with men with domestic violence charges. He is the current Florida Regional Coordinator for the Institute of Noetic Sciences. Douglas is the creator of Roots and Wings: The Tao of Healthy Development, an integral model of personal and community transformation. He lives in Tampa Bay.

Dell deChant, M.A.- Dell is an Instructor in the Religious Studies Department at U.S.F. His areas of interest include new religious movements and religion in popular culture. He is the author of numerous publications and several books including The Sacred Santa: Religious Dimensions of Consumer Culture and Religion and Culture in the West. He lives in Tampa Bay.

Don Hall, M.A.- Don is the founder of Transition Sarasota dedicated to re-building local community resilience in the face of peak oil, climate change and economic crisis. He is a certified Permaculture Designer and his degree is in Environmental Leadership. Don lives in Sarasota.

Andrew Harvey- Andrew is the founder/director of the Institute of Sacred Activism and the author of over thirty books exploring mysticism, poetry and ways to fuse spirituality and social activism. His latest book is Hope: A Guide to Sacred Activism. He lives in Chicago.

Mary McNamara, M.A.- Mary received her love for human communities from her family and the School of Sisters of St. Francis. Along with advanced studies in spirituality and women's studies, she has custom designed seminars on the interior life, prayer, liberation theology and creative writing. She is the author of Out of the Skin: Into the Soul- The Art of Aging. Mary lives in Tampa.

Bill Plotkin, Ph.D.
- Bill is a depth psychologist, wilderness rites guide, and ecotherapist. As the founder of Animas Valley Institute, he has guided thousands of people through nature-based initiatory passages including a contemporary Western adaptation of the pan-cultural vision quest. Bill is the author of Soulcraft: Crossing Into the Mystery of Nature and Psyche and Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World. He lives in Colorado.

Terra Pressler, Ph.D.- Terra is a former attorney, a poet, playwright and musician. She teaches theater and writing at the University of Tampa and is a former program director of U.S.F.'s Lifelong Writers. She is a motivational speaker and writing coach and has presented at writing conferences in Florida and Arizona. Terra is the author of Creative Juice and Cracker Wisdom. She divides her time between Santa Fe and Tampa.

Jamie Reaser, Ph.D.- Jamie is a conservation ecologist, international policy negotiator, poet, writer, artist and homesteader-in-progress. She has a passion for expanding heart and mind consciousness as a means of reconnecting people to Mother Earth and building community. Her recent books include Huntley Meadows: A Naturalist Journal in Verse, Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with the Land and Courting the Wild: Love Affairs with Reptiles and Amphibians. Note To Self: Poems for Changing the World from the Inside Out will be released in 2011. She lives in Virginia.

Jan Roberts, M.A.- Jan launched the Earth Charter in the United States in 2001. The Earth Charter is a global declaration of interdependence and universal responsibility for a sustainable future. As the founder of its U.S. chapter she coordinated simultaneous Community Summits in 12 cities to inspire people to enact the EC principles in their lives. She has been active with the Charter for over 10 years. Jan lives in Tampa.

Carlos Rodriguez, B.A.- Carlos is a graduate in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing. He is currently studying to receive his M.A. in International Relations. He is on active duty in the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany where he is learning first hand about progressive sustainable living practices. Carlos has solid experience as a business plan developer and a grant application specialist.

Ken Rollins, M.A.- Ken has thirty years experienc as an art museum director. He served as the Interim Director at the Tampa Museum of Art until 2008. His Masters is in Ceramics and Sculpture and he is now active as a creative photographer. He is the owner of Ken Rollins Fine Arts where he represents and promotes over 100 artists

Angelo Spoto, M.A.- Angelo is a well-known and respected lecturer for the Jung Society of Sarasota. He is a licensed mental health counselor and a consultant with a Jungian orientation in Tampa. He has been an adjunct member of the Jung Institute in Chicago and was featured at the Association of Psychological Types Conference as the Keynote Speaker. Angelo has facilitated workshops for many groups in the U.S. and England. He is the author of Psychological Types. He lives in Tampa.

Eric Mukasa Theodore, M.A., M.B.A.- Mukasa completed his graduate work in Theology and Business Administration. He lived as a Benedictine Monk in monastic community at Saint Leo Abbey and Retreat Center for 16 years. Here he served as Vocation Director, Vehicle Fleet Manager, and Campus Minister for Saint Leo University. He is the Vice President of the African American Heritage Society of East Pasco County. Originally from Trinidad, Mukasa is currently an entrepreneur in Tampa.