Our Team

Lori Litke

Executive Director

Lori's Bio

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I was born and raised in Calgary, moved to Lethbridge for University and have never looked back. For fun I garden, swim and pretend to read my Book Club books.

Supporting children with disabilities is more than my job. It is my passion and my life. My amazing husband and I have the privilege of being parents to three amazing boys, two of whom have Autism. That experience has taught me more than anything else I have ever done. They inspire me every day. They are a constant reminder of the value of believing in children.

Besides raising my own family, I have been supporting families with children with disabilities for more than ten years. I began working with hands-on programming rooted inApplied Behavioural Analysis, which gave me insight and skill in developing responsive programming based on function of behaviour. I also spent five years actively working to support families in planning ‘good lives for their children’ with the Lethbridge Association for Community Living’s Planned Lifetime Advocacy Networks (PLAN).

All of these experiences, both personally and professionally, led me to the creation of Bridges. I provide workshops and individual support on a range of issues, from vision planning to building relationships. I also see first-hand the amazing capacity of families and the creativity and passion they bring to every encounter.  This has inspired the passion I have for building inclusive lives and meaningful responsive supports intended to see people with disabilities lead lives rich in citizenship.

Owning Bridges has been one of the great and wonderful surprises in my life. When we started out, it was an idea. I wanted to build a program where children could gain strong social and emotional skills working in a social setting. The journey from where we started our small pilot project to where we are today has been an amazing adventure. I feel incredibly blessed to be invited into families lives and honored to be a small part of the success of the children we support.

Paul Litke

Operations Director & SIVA Trainer

Paul's Bio

While I was born in Calgary, I have been on a tour of Southern Alberta ever since I was young. Somewhere between graduating from the U of L and having all three of my boys born at the Chinook Regional Hospital, I have managed to establish roots in the Lethbridge area.

I spend most of my free time chasing after some combination of my three sons and my dog Odie. When I’m not doing that I’m creating new and exciting ways of not finishing what my wife has asked me to do. I have been an avid Flames fan my whole life and have recently developed an affinity for Montana Grizzly Football.

The greatest lesson I have learned from being a father to two children with a disability is to take notice of the small things in life. The right choices made – the first steps – are all victories that deserve to be celebrated.  It is entirely appropriate to praise those who have successfully completed positive life change, but we must also applaud those still on their journey. Each step forward is worthy of this kind of acknowledgement. And when we see it in our lives or in the lives of others, we must call it what it is—a triumph worthy of celebration. I am proud to say Bridges has adopted the same philosophy.  All of us look forward to celebrating every step of the journey with our Bridges families.

Shey Andrade

Executive Assistant

Shey's Bio

Born and raised in the Philippines, I moved to Hong Kong in 2008 to continue my studies and work at the same time. When I got my Degree in BS Entrepreneurial Mgmt., I chose to stay in Hong Kong for a couple of more years to work. It is a gorgeous city and I love its East meets West vibe but living there opened my eyes to the reality of life. I learned to appreciate all that life has to offer.

In 2015, I moved to Lethbridge to join my long-distance partner of 6 years to started building our family and life together. I love living here. It is a laid-back city life surrounded by nature.

I am thankful that I got the opportunity to work with Bridges because everyone shares the same vision and is dedicated to the mission. I am so proud that I am part of Bridges and of everyone that works here.

Jane Read

Accounts Receivable & HR

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I was born in Ndola Northern Rhodesia Africa and moved to Canada when I was 7. I have traveled to every province and territory in Canada and have lived in 2 territories and 4 provinces.

I graduated from the University of Calgary with a degree in Education and a post-graduate diploma in Early Childhood Education. I worked in Early Intervention in the Yukon Territory for 18 years.

I have one son, three step kids and two BEAUTIFUL  grandsons! I love old black and white movies and jazz. My idea of a perfect summer afternoon is a lounge chair a good book and a glass of diet coke with Diana Krall singing in the background.

Janice McIntosh

Administrative Support Specialist

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Kathy Matkin-Clapton

Communications & Social Media

Kathy's Bio

As an educator of more than 30 years and a passionate believer in community and inclusion, I’m so pleased to be a part of the team at Bridges. As the communications and social media person, I’m honoured that I get to help Bridges tell its story of advocacy and education, celebrate the wonderful young people they work with and support its fantastic staff.

I began my teaching career in 1989 as a music specialist in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where I completed my Bachelor of Music Education. Since then I’ve been fortunate to have had the chance to teach in Connecticut, Vancouver and Lethbridge. I also conduct community choirs and teach music education at the University of Lethbridge.

I’ve also just embarked on another educational journey at the Univesity of Sheffield in the UK. It’s my second Masters’s Degree, this one in Music Education, Psychology and Wellness. My goal is to research the link between group singing, wellness and belonging.

Raymond Hoffarth 

Behaviour Analyst

Raymond's Bio

I am a parent/practitioner of an adult son with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and so I share the aspirations and goals that every parent has for their children. My education in NeuroScience at the University of Toronto focused on brain development and the fundamentals of learning. This has provided me with a useful perspective about the science of therapeutic interventions for individuals with learning disorders (LD).

My clinical training in ASD includes training (University of Massachusetts, Lowell) and subsequent qualification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (31/05/2011) with a mastery of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA).

I am a member of the Association for Contextual Behavioural Science (ACBS) which actively promotes interventions based on Relational Frame Theory (RFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) both of which are supported by hundreds of positive evidence-based studies.

I work with parents and individuals to help them create positive changes in behaviour. Teaching requires changes in experiences and environments that create the circumstances that support and guide action.

Problem behaviours are often associated with emotional dysregulation and actions that may be considered anti-social through violent, dangerous, and/or destructive actions. It is essential that functional alternative solutions are made part of any intervention in order to provide appropriate guidance coupled with appropriate feedback.

Values must be part of teaching strategies in order to take advantage and use social outcomes to motivate positive actions. Teaching individuals to recognize and be aware of the behaviours that will help them attain their goals in keeping with their family and individual values.

I have training in Triple-P Stepping Stones which offers parents a standardized program to help navigate problem behaviours, together with practical responses to many situations and circumstances.

I’m also a board member with Inclusion Lethbridge, whose mission is to create and promote meaningful social interactions and community for persons with developmental disabilities. It is my hope that my actions can help contribute to an inclusive community that recognizes the value in everyone and acts to valourize the lives of persons with a disability.

Christina Rowan

Speech Language Pathologist

Christina's Bio
I grew up in Lethbridge and completed my undergraduate degree in English and Psychology at the U of L. I then moved to the U of A where I completed an MSc in Speech-Language Pathology.  Since then I’ve spent over a decade working in early intervention and public schools.  My favourite year of work was spent in London, England training Teachers and Early Childhood Educators through the Every Child a Talker Program.  
 
I’ve become increasingly passionate about early intervention over my career. Research consistently shows better outcomes for children who are identified early. It is so rewarding to watch children learn how to interact with others and the world around them.  At Bridges, I enjoy coaching parents and teaching them strategies to help their children develop. My goal is to empower parents and kids to thrive.
 
As a life-long learner, some of my continuing education includes:
  • ESDM (Early Start Denver Model)
  • Reference & Regulate for ASD
  • SCERTS (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Supports)
  • Hanen (It Takes Two to Talk; More than Words)
  • Lidome approach for stuttering treatment
  • ORPP (Oral Rest Posture Program)
In addition to my life at Bridges, I’m a parent to two expressive little girls.  I also work at the Voyage Centre ECS program.  You might also find me gardening, running or connecting with my family and friends.

Meghan Pearce

Teens Program Coordinator

Meghan's Bio

I was born in Calgary and grew up in Okotoks until 2006 when I moved with my family to an acreage just outside of Monarch. I graduated from Noble Central School in 2011 and continued my education at the University of Lethbridge. During my university career, I began working at Bridges Consulting and shortly after changed my degree to align with the work we do at this wonderful agency. I am so grateful for all of the families I have had the pleasure of learning from and supporting during my time here at Bridges. I am so lucky to have a job where the connection you make with people (especially our kiddos) inspires you and helps you grow every day. On top of that, we have a great team here at Bridges that I am thankful to be a part of!

Becca Wever

Tweens Program Coordinator

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I was raised on a farm just outside of Monarch, Alberta until I was 6 years old when my family moved to Lethbridge. I graduated from Immanuel Christian High School in 2010, took a year off and then enrolled at the Lethbridge College in the Child and Youth Care diploma program, graduating in 2013. During my time at the College, I had the opportunity to take an international study tour to Uganda for two weeks. This experience positively impacted the development of my skills and increased my love for working with children.

I worked as a preschool assistant for seven months before joining the team at Bridges. I have learned so much from every child I have worked with both past and present as well as every staff. Becoming a Program Leader of Middles and then Tweens has pushed me out of my comfort zone and given me so many opportunities to grow in helping these amazing children reach their potential. I love working for this company and hope to continue watching it grow for many years to come.

Shianne Neumann

Middles Program Coordinator

Shianne's Bio

My passion for working with young people to help make a difference in their lives has been evident from a young age, whether it be helping coach Pincher Creek’s swim team, spending summers as a camp counsellor in Waterton or volunteering to plan activities with my Girl Guide unit. When I graduated high school in 2014, I chose to move to Lethbridge to pursue a degree in Addictions Counselling for the same reason. 

In 2017, I started working at Bridges Consulting. I thought this would be a short-term position while finishing my schooling. But, lucky for me, I found a permanent place here! Starting as a Behaviour Coach, working front line with the kiddos was definitely challenging at times, but watching them grow and improve with the support that Bridges offered made it all worth it for me. I’ve since had the chance to take on more of a leadership role, helping develop plans and strategies for the kids we support, first as a Teens Program Leader and now as the Middles Program Coordinator.
I want to promote mental health, help others achieve their goals and Bridges Consulting has given me that exact opportunity. I’m excited to see where things take me from here!

Sara Thies

Littles Program Coordinator

Sara's Bio

I was born and raised in Medicine Hat. After high school, I went to art school in Calgary. I then moved to Lethbridge to complete my bachelor’s degree in psychology and have been here ever since. One of my goals is to combine my love of art and working with children by getting my master’s in art therapy. I love the stimulating and innovative work we do at Bridges. No 2 days are ever the same! Making meaningful connections with the kids and feeling like I’ve made a difference in somebody’s life is very inspiring to me. I’ve been with Bridges since 2014 and it is always heartwarming to see my clients grow and develop.

When I’m not working, you can usually find me at home in the garden or spending time with my family. I have two beautiful children who fill me with so much love and appreciation. I am a passionate vegan and environmentalist. I am most at ease when surrounded by nature. I am an avid reader and writer and I am also a certified kids yoga teacher. I am excited to continue my journey with Bridges Consulting as Littles Program Coordinator!

Nolan Plett Bridges Program Leader

Zoë Cahoon

Cohort Social Skills Leader

Zoë's Bio

I’m Zoë, I have lived in Lethbridge my whole life. I am currently in my second year working towards my psychology degree at the University of Lethbridge. My family has had respite kiddos in my house ever since I was little and having them in my house has really driven my passion to be in this line of work

I have wanted to work with children for as long as I can remember. Working with the kiddos at Bridges and helping them to reach their full potential is really gratifying. Being part. of the team at Bridges has also helped me start thinking outside the box and coming up with creative solutions to whatever problem may occur

Lindsay Field

ABA Trainer & Cohort Social Skills Leader

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Thomas Hill

Cohort Social Skills & DND Leader

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Coming soon!

Tyler Lamb

Cohort Social Skills Leader

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Caitlin McGonigal

Cohort Social Skills Leader

Caitlin's Bio
I was born in Edmonton and lived in the area until 2003 wherein my family moved to Grande Prairie. I graduated high school in 2011 and started to work with children in an out-of-school care program. Combined with my experiences working there and working as a camp counsellor for many summers, I realized my passion: teaching! In 2014 I moved to Lethbridge to continue my post-secondary education and got a degree in education and a science degree in pursuit of my passion.
After working as a substitute teacher for two years, and after Shianne bothering me so much about it for years, I decided to see what Bridges was about. What I discovered was an amazing community that supports kids. What I love about being a Teens Cohort Leader at Bridges is what I love to see working with kids anywhere: helping kids grow and learn new skills. I hope to stay here for a while learning from the kids and becoming a better educator.

Sam Neill

Cohort Social Skills Leader 

Sam's Bio

I was born in Cochrane, Alberta and moved to Lethbridge in 2018 to attend the University of Lethbridge. I am currently studying for a Bachelor of Dramatic Arts/Bachelor of Education. 

I have worked with children since I was 13 and started respite work at 16. During my year off, I travelled to Europe and was a nanny for a family of five.

Growing up I always knew I wanted to be a teacher, I was lucky that I never had any doubts about what I wanted to be. Being a part of Bridges has given me an amazing learning and work experience. I am so grateful to be part of such a wonderful team

Nolan Plett 

Cohort Social Skills Leader

Nolan's Bio
I was born in Chicago, raised in Grande Prairie and moved to Lethbridge in 2017. I graduated high school in 2012 and went to college to complete a Bachelor of Science. After the first three years, I needed to take a mental health break. I took that time to work in children’s camps in Grande Prairie as a cabin leader and camp director. This experience solidified a new direction for me. I have always been passionate about working with kids and teaching them life and interpersonal skills. Being a camp leader prepared me well for the work I do at Bridges. In my role as Program Leader, I’m passionate about helping teens grow and reach their potential. It’s so gratifying to see that moment when a concept or skill that we’ve been working on clicks and it improves a kid’s life. I love that.

Jessica Rasmussen

Cohort Social Skills Leader

Jessica's Bio

I feel so fortunate to be a part of the team here at Bridges, where we are encouraged to always be thinking outside the box and be as creative as we can be in our teachings. The kids here are amazing and I am so happy to be a part of their growth and development into adulthood. The kids have taught me so much, but the biggest would be to appreciate the smaller things in life. Life is short and if we are always focused on the “big picture” we miss out on the opportunity to enjoy so much more.

In my spare time, I am a head coach and board member in the Special Olympics, I volunteer with animal rescue, I enjoy travelling, golfing, camping, swimming and softball. We also have two amazing dogs who like to think they are our kids.

Deanna Robins

ABA Trainer & Cohort Social Skills Leader

Deanna's Bio

My name is Deanna Robins. I have been with Bridges since it opened. I was born and raised in Jaffray, B.C., and moved to Lethbridge in 2003 to attend the University of Lethbridge. I have one brother who is special needs and is a Team Canada athlete in the Special Olympics. He has competed in both South Korea and in Austria, bringing home a total of 3 bronze medals in skiing. He is my motivation to pursue this as my career, his love for life and desire to succeed, inspired me to help other children reach their potential.

I feel so fortunate to be a part of the team here at Bridges, where we are encouraged to always be thinking outside the box and be as creative as we can be in our teachings. The kids here are amazing and I am so happy to be a part of their growth and development into adulthood. The kids have taught me so much, but the biggest would be to appreciate the smaller things in life. Life is short and if we are always focused on the “big picture” we miss out on the opportunity to enjoy so much more.

In my spare time, I am a head coach and board member in the Special Olympics, I volunteer with animal rescue, I enjoy travelling, golfing, camping, swimming and softball. We also have two amazing dogs who like to think they are our kids.

Nolan Plett Bridges Program Leader

Kianna Ross

Cohort Social Skills Leader

Kianna's Bio
I grew up in Redcliff, Alberta and moved to Lethbridge to pursue a degree in Psychology at the U of L. My dad is a K9 officer I’ve spent my whole life around dogs. This has made me an animal lover since I was a child.
I’ve always had a strong desire to work with children, and Bridges has given me the ideal opportunity to do this. The kids at Bridges are fantastic and they make my job so much fun. They also definitely keep me on my toes!

Kara Whillier

Cohort Social Skills Leader

Kara's Bio

I have been working at Bridges since 2016. This opportunity has allowed me to find my passion for helping others with their many different needs. It has also led me to the Child and Youth care program at Lethbridge College, where I am working on my diploma. It’s also given me the chance to learn a lot about myself, too. Before I joined the Bridges team, I was fairly closed off. Rigid,  you could say. Things had to be my way, or I didn’t want them. I had a lot to learn about flexibility when I started working with the children at Bridges. It was hard. It’s still hard! But it definitely helped me to learn how to be more flexible both outside of work and in my personal life. It’s also made me realize how far a little bit of patience goes for everyone. One of my favourite things about the work we do is here is that we never give up. We help everyone we can and work with them to find success.

Working at Bridges Consulting

We value transparency, integrity and respect as the foundation of all working relationships at Bridges. Our Mission is to put children and families first as we work to support them in reaching their potential. We are an environment of innovation, teamwork and inclusion. If this sounds like a place you’d like to work, get in touch with us today.

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Who We Are

Bridges believes in a family-centred approach to helping children gain the skills they need to reach their potential. The focus is on building the children's success skills through meaningful, targeted supports.

We provide small group programming and individual consultation and support to families with children who have a range of developmental deficits.

Our primary focus is on building the foundations of social thinking, behaviour and language needed for success. Our approach is governed by research-based practices and Applied Behaviour Analysis.

Our Locations

Administrative Office
290-104 13 Street North,
Lethbridge, AB, T1H 2R4
Phone: (587) 425-4211

Program Office
102 317 17th Street S
Lethbridge, AB, T1J 5K4
Phone: (587) 425-4211

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