Board of Directors
Kellan Duffy – Chairperson and Co-founder
Kellan Duffy is the Co-Founder of Bridge the Gap Mission. She is mother to 3 beautiful children Caroline, Drew and Anna. After 9 years of living in Asia, Kellan wanted to continue the charity work she started along with her children in Hong Kong & Shanghai. Due to stricter regulations involving young children and volunteering in the United States, Kellan set out to start her own charitable organization so younger families could volunteer together. After meeting Otis Hardy at First United Methodist Church in Cary, a new partnership and a dear friendship was born. For 2 years Kellan worked tirelessly with Otis to carry on the work he and the late Lee Viersen started in SE Raleigh as well as bring a name and new vision to our "organization". Kellan's family together chose the name Bridge the Gap Mission as we are connecting communities that would never otherwise intertwine regardless of race, creed or color.
Rebecca K. Viersen - Treasurer, Secretary, Co-founder
Dr. Viersen retired form Wake County Public School System after 38 years. Her last job was as an assistant principal at Washington GT Magnet Elementary School for 13 years. All of her education degrees – Masters in Early Childhood, Masters in School Administration and Doctorate in Educational Leadership were from UNC at Chapel Hill. Her work with families at Washington Elementary who lived in Walnut Terrace Housing Project prepared her for Bridge the Gap Mission. She continues to volunteer at Washington. Dr. Viersen works with Ms. Hedberg teaching and working with volunteers .
Otis Hardy – Community Outreach Coordinator and Co-founder
Otis Hardy serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for Bridge the Gap Mission. Otis was in prison from 1979 till 2000 when he received a pardon from then Governor Jim Hunt. Otis while in prison served as the personal chef to Governor Hunt. His life changed in prison during Disciple Bible Study with Dr. William Green, one of the pastors at First United Church in Cary. Since 2000 he has served in ministry to persons in poverty. In 2002 he was honored for his volunteer work with a private dinner with President Bush at the White House. He is in demand as a speaker throughout the state. Becky Viersen, Kellan Duffy and Otis Hardy met at the Celebration Service at First United Methodist Church in Cary and founded Bridge the Gap Mission.
Kelli Pfitzner- Events Coordinator
Kelli Pfitzner plans events in Southeast Raleigh for families.
Janis Hedberg – Board Member Dr. Janis Hedberg, aka Jan, is a veteran educator. After teaching for 35 years, she decided to retire in 2004. Her teaching experience ranges from teaching on the elementary level through adult education. She holds duel certification in Special Education and Elementary Education. Her Masters Degree is in Administration and Supervision. In 1990, Dr. Hedberg completed her doctoral work in Curriculum and Instruction. Her doctoral study of High School dropouts provided her with a great deal of insight into learners frustrated with school and the learning process.
Since moving to Cary in 2010, she participated in a six-week Guardian ad Litem program. She is now court certified to be an advocate for children placed in Foster Care. She has spent time tutoring young learners who are struggling with reading and writing. Then in 2014, her love of learning motivated her to help people in Southeast Raleigh. As a volunteer with Bridge the Gap, she established a GED program for people of all ages who wanted to obtain their GED certificates. People, of any age, desiring to improve their reading and writing skills are welcome to participate in the program.
Steve Glass – Attorney Steve Glass serves on the Board of Directors as our attorney. He practices Business and Corporate Law, Employment Law [employers], Nonprofit Tax Exempt Organizations, Sale and Purchase of Businesses, Trusts and Estates, Wills, Probate, Business Succession Planning. Mr. Glass attended Wake Forest University, B.A., 1963 [Student Government President] Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1966 [Student Bar President]University of Virginia, U. S. Army Judge Advocate General’s School, Military Judge Curriculum, 1969. He is involved in many community activities and has received numerous awards.