About Us

Our Founders

Chuck Simpson

Charles Simpson is a co-founder Founder of Bridges to Change Inc. (BTC) in Gresham. Mr. Simpson has a degree in Addiction Counseling, and is a Certified Addiction Counselor, and has been working with corrections clients, and in the addictions field for sixteen years. Mr. Simpson worked for seven years for Volunteers of America's Inpatient Transition Program for male adjudicated clients in Portland, then went to work for Pathfinders of Oregon as their Transitional Services Director before starting his own non-profit.

Mr Simpson states that, “I have been incarcerated myself and had addiction issues. I know the obstacles to being successful upon release. Re-entry is a process, we want to help clients walk through that process and become productive members of the community”.

Joann

Joann Griffin has a degree in education, and is a former teacher. Relevant experience; she worked for Pathfinders of Oregon as a resource coordinator, and ran an inmate hotline for nine years prior to starting Bridges to Change.

She has been on the Board of the Portland Saturday Market for some years and understands how a board functions.

She believes in transparency, and integrity in everything she does.

Organization Leadership

Michael Kosmala, Interim Executive Director

Sheila Greer, Bookkeeper

James Demry, Program Manager, Clackamas County

Brian Judd, Program Manager, Multnomah County

Jimmy Williams, Program Manager, Washington County