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

Argentina, Brazil and Chile

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.

Jim Whitmore

Regional Director

BridgePathways at Colorado Mesa University

Jim has over 15 years of experience in international education and program management. Before joining Bridge, Jim was teaching and coordinating an EFL program at an international agricultural university in Honduras. Jim obtained a master's degree in International and Comparative Education from Indiana University in 2011. Previous to earning his master's and his work at the university level, Jim taught in two different bilingual schools in Honduras where he developed curricula and service projects as part of his teaching responsibilities. During six of his summers as a teacher, he was fortunate to lead international experiential education trips with US high school students to Peru and St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Jim earned a bachelor's degree in Education with minors in History and Anthropology from Ball State University in 2000.

Colleen Leeman

Center Director

BridgeEnglish Denver

Colleen has 8 years experience in international education customer service and management. Originally from New Jersey, Colleen studied Communications and Business at the University of Scranton in Scranton, PA. Inspired by a semester abroad in Spain, she obtained her CELTA immediately following university. Her teaching career took her to Costa Rica, Mexico and New York City where her career then progressed to Academic Director and ultimately Center Director of multiple language centers. Colleen joined Bridge in December 2015 as the Center Director of BridgeEnglish Denver. She has held memberships in TESOL, AAIEP, NAFSA, and English UK.

Marisa Annunziata

Associate Director

BridgePathways at Manhattanville College

Marisa has been a proud member of the international education community for ten years. Prior to Bridge, she worked as a program manager, teacher, and student advisor for several international academic and cultural exchange programs including community-based volunteering and U.S. State Department-funded public diplomacy initiatives such as the Foreign Fulbright Program. She studied abroad in Rome, Italy during her undergraduate years and most recently, she taught ESL abroad in Istanbul, Turkey. Marisa studied International Relations at George Washington University in Washington, DC and soon after graduating, pursued a TESOL certification in Mexico. She later did her graduate work in Public Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Management at Pace University.

Michelle Catagnus

Associate Director

BridgePathways at Philadelphia University

Michelle received her bachelor’s degree in Linguistics and Psychology from Northeastern University. She studied abroad in both Italy and Argentina as an undergraduate and in Puerto Rico and Hong Kong while pursuing her graduate degree. She received her master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from New York University. She came home to Philadelphia in 2011 to teach English as a Second Language as an adjunct professor at Temple University. Michelle joined Bridge to help launch the Philadelphia center in August 2014.

Tiffany Hendrix

Academic Director

BridgePathways at Colorado Mesa University

As a teacher and advisor, Tiffany has created and revised curriculum guides, delivered instruction, designed student programming, and located service opportunities in a variety of capacities. Following undergraduate work at Indiana University, Tiffany began her career in international education as a Program Assistant for BCA Study Abroad, transitioning to teaching with a M.Ed. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She taught U.S. and World History, World Geography, and ELL in Clark County School District, where she also served as a club sponsor and coach.

Tiffany has additional experience studying, teaching, and volunteering in France, Spain, and Guatemala. She has held memberships in NAFSA and the National Council for the Social Studies.

Jennifer Sean Chung

Academic Director

BridgePathways at Husson University

A native of New York, Sean received her bachelor’s degree in English from Columbia University before she ventured down South to Louisiana to study English and fiction with one of her favorite writers. After receiving her Master’s degree in English from McNeese State University, she moved to South Korea where she worked in the Research and Development office of a language school and developed textbooks and assessments. Her “year abroad” turned into four when she became a visiting ESL professor at a university in Seoul where she developed and taught mixed-level courses in conversation and writing. Upon her eventual return Stateside, Sean has continued to teach ESL, composition, and developmental writing.

Kimberly Bird

Assistant Director

BridgeTEFL

Kimberly is from Salt Lake City, Utah. Both during her studies at university and after receiving her TESOL certification, she spent time throughout Eastern Europe and Asia as an English teacher. While abroad, Kimberly taught students ranging from toddlers to business students. Kimberly has experience working in sales and admissions in the non-profit and private sectors. Kimberly received a bachelor’s degree in English Literature from Utah Valley University.


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.