In today's world, language services play a crucial role in international business, education, and communication. Bridge is a world leader in the field with over 25 years of experience transforming lives and organizations by fostering cross-cultural communication and language competency.

Bridge has centers in Argentina, Chile and the United States.

Meet our Senior Management Team


Jean-Marc Alberola

President

Jean-Marc Alberola has over 20 years of experience in language services and education management. Prior to becoming President of Bridge, Jean-Marc worked as Director of Telelangue Systems in Washington, D.C. and subsequently founded Linguatec Language Centers in South America. Jean-Marc currently serves on the Board of Directors of IALC, the International Association of Language Centers. Jean-Marc received a B.A. in Economics from the University of Vermont.

Lisa Rooney

Vice President Institutional Relations

Originally from Rhode Island, Lisa studied Secondary Education at the University of Rhode Island and received her MA in French from Middlebury College in Vermont. She began her career teaching French and Spanish to American adolescents, and taught English in France on a Fulbright Teacher Exchange. She also taught French and Spanish to preschoolers in Maine using a program she created called Global Kids.

Lisa joined our team in 2003, first as an English teacher at Bridge in Chile, then as a teacher trainer in both Chile and Argentina, and finally as director of our Spanish center in Buenos Aires. After five years in South America, Lisa returned stateside in 2008 and is now Vice President of Institutional Relations at our US headquarters in Denver, Colorado.

Valeria Alberola

CFO

Valeria Alberola is a senior executive with 15 years of international experience in corporate finance and management consulting. Prior to joining Bridge, Valeria was a Partner of Q Advisors, a Denver and San Francisco based investment bank. Valeria’s previous work also includes experience as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company and in the telecommunications sector as Director of Business Development for Velocom, a wireless communications start-up with operations in Latin America.

Valeria currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Graland Country Day School, and prior to that has served on the Board of Directors of both Open World Learning, a technology and education non-profit, and the Colorado Software and Internet Association. Valeria has a BS in Economics and Business Administration from the Pontifica Universidad Catolica de Chile and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management.

Terri Curtis

Controller

Terri Curtis has over 25 years of experience in accounting and HR for small to mid-sized companies. She earned her BS in accounting from Metropolitan State College of Denver and is a licensed CPA in the state of Colorado.

Carlos Pizarro

Regional Director

Carlos studied Literature and Spanish Language at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago and later got his certificate as a qualified Spanish teacher. He has also taken graduate courses in Philosophy at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago. He joined the Bridge team as a Spanish teacher in our Santiago center in 2000, where he participated in the creation of the new Spanish teaching manual. Carlos worked for two and a half years as the Students & Volunteer Coordinator, and later as the Head English teacher in Chile for three and a half years. In 2010 he moved to Buenos Aires to become the center's director in Argentina, and most recently he has returned to Chile, taking on the role of Regional Director for Bridge's operations in both Argentina and Chile.


Our Mission:

“To transform lives and organizations by delivering excellence in language and education abroad.”


Our Purpose:

“To be the innovative leader in fostering effective communication and understanding across cultures worldwide.”


Our Values:

  • We are committed to quality and excellence in everything we do.
  • We aim to be the benchmark for our industry.
  • We don’t cut corners.
  • If it’s not “best in class” we won’t put our name on it.
  • We always strive to be fair and do the right thing.
  • We are honest and straightforward with each other and our customers.
  • We deliver on our promises.
  • We walk the talk.
  • We believe in life-long learning for ourselves and our customers.
  • We believe that knowledge and learning can open minds and transform lives.
  • We are goal-oriented in our approach to learning and sharing knowledge.
  • We believe innovation is the key to our success as an organization.
  • We value and seek to foster creativity.
  • We will leverage technology to develop and deliver the very best products and services in our field.
  • We have open and honest communication with our colleagues and customers.
  • We treat each other with respect.
  • We seek to work collaboratively and bring out the best in each other

Our History

  • 1986 - 2000
    Bridge International school is founded in 1986 in Denver, Colorado, to provide intensive English programs in the USA.
    Linguatec Language Centers chain is founded in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Catering to the corporate language training sector, Linguatec expands within Brazil, and cross border to Santiago, Chile and Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • 2000 – 2010
    Linguatec acquires Bridge International school (“Bridge”) in Denver, Colorado. Bridge expands portfolio of services to include 4 main language-related divisions, including: BridgeEnglish, BridgeTEFL, BridgeAbroad and BridgeLanguages.
  • 2010- PRESENT
    Bridge continues to expand and diversify services, and creates BridgePathways to attend to growth in international degree-seeking students for the U.S. market. Key services of BridgePathways include international student recruitment and Academic English Preparation. New advancements in e-learning lead to the creation of BridgeVirtual dedicated to online language instruction.