Jen Broderick, LCSW, Acting Executive Director
Jen has been a member of the Bridges’ team since 2013. Helping families experiencing homelessness and housing instability has been a passion for Jen since high school. Before coming to Bridges to Housing Stability, Jen was the Executive Director of Family Promise of Albuquerque, a transitional shelter for families, focused on rehousing households within 90 days. She strongly believes that homelessness should be rare, brief, and non-recurring; and focuses on incorporating these goals within the framework of Bridges’ programs.
Jen is a Licensed Certified Social Worker, with a Masters in Social Work from the University of Maryland with a concentration in Non-profit management and Community Organizing. She is a member of Leadership Howard County, and a Leadership Essentials Executive Education Program of Loyola University Sellinger School of Business graduate. Jen is also a member of the Board of Directors of SAFE Food Pantry, and the Past-President of Columbia Toastmasters.
Bola Afolabi, Housing Stability Program Manager
Bola has over 16 years of experience with providing community-based services as a trained conflict mediator professional with expertise in case management. She graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), obtained a Nonprofit Management Certificate from Duke University, and completed master level classes in Social Work and other relevant human services courses. Bola is very passionate and dedicated to working with the homeless population and low-income families, incorporating her extensive knowledge of human services programs within the Howard County community. Bola is able to multi-task and dialogue successfully with clients as she utilizes a philosophy of open-mindedness, patience, active listening, and interpersonal skills. She is also highly motivated and self-driven with great work-setting versatility and networking ability. Among her duties within the Housing Stability Program, Bola facilitates educational and career workshops in response to the need of clients while supporting individual and program goals and providing crisis interventions.
Kim Pace, Housing Connections Program Manager
Kim is a native of Virginia, who spent the majority of her formative years in the Midwest. After obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Oklahoma, Kim began assisting the needs of underserved populations as a Counselor with the Dallas Housing Authority. While attending graduate school at University Maryland University College, Kim began volunteering with a homeless shelter in Baltimore, which fueled her passion to assist persons in need. As the Housing Connections Program Manager, Kim has applied a two-pronged approach to the quest for affordable housing: introducing landlords to a pool of prospective tenants they may not have been previously aware of and advocating for low-income households in easing barriers that oftentimes accompanies their housing search. The mission of Bridges is important to Kim because she understands that a stable home environment provides the foundation needed for a family to thrive!
Dana Sohr, Bridges Alliance Program Manager
Dana joined Bridges after 35 years in the private sector, during which time he created and managed complex projects to help organizations successfully implement new processes and technology. He led large project teams on global engagements (working on nearly every continent), started new companies, and patented new products. As the manager of the Bridges Alliance program, Dana is now focused on growing the stock of affordable housing in Howard County. He is also an active volunteer for other Howard County organizations, including Grassroots and Rebuilding Together.