The Bridges staff is dedicated to providing the ultimate Christian learning experience for young children.

The Bridges Director, Assistant Director, and Manager are here to respond to any comments, questions, or concerns.

Director: Denise Finnerty

Denise was born in Trinidad and Tobago. Upon permanently moving to the United States, her top priorities have revolved around advancing in her career and being a mother to her two children. Denise has a background in Interior Design, Management, and Real Estate.

In her free time, she enjoys comedy, yoga, spending time outdoors, and trying things “out of the box”.

Denise started working with Bridges because she is passionate about being an influential force in her children’s lives, and looks forward to influencing the lives of many other families.

“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to become the best of which you are capable.” —John Wooden



Assistant Director: Casey Walling

Casey has been a member of the Bridges family since 2002. She obtained her Early Child Development & VPK credentials in 2005, before obtaining her Directors credentials in 2015.

Casey has been blessed to work with all age groups during her time at Bridges—from Lead Classroom Teacher to Music & Science teacher. Her experience has given her a great appreciation and understanding of all developmental stages.

Casey is also a proud parent of a Bridges alumni, who is now a Student at The University Of South Florida.

In her free time, Casey enjoys traveling, kayaking, hiking, and photography.


Manager: Arleen Demmi-Blanton

Arleen was born and raised in Tampa and graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education.

Arleen has been employed with Bridges since 2011 and is thankful to be a part of Our Lord’s work at Bridges.