Bridges staff is amazing. Our staff is dedicated to providing the ultimate Christian learning experience for young children because they have extensive experience in Early Childhood Education and a love for the Lord.  High staff retention creates a stable, loving and predictable environment for the children and parents alike.

The Bridges Director, Assistant Director, and Manager are here if you have any comments, questions or concerns.

Director: Denise Finnerty

Denise was born in Trinidad and Tobago, a small island off the coast of Venezuela. She is a proud mom of two, wife, and business owner. She enjoys comedy, yoga, the outdoors and trying things “out of the box”.  After permanently moving to the United States, she spent most of her adulthood advancing her career. Her background consists of Interior Design, Management, and Real Estate. Denise started working with Bridges because of her two children. She enjoys being influential in her children’s lives and is looking forward to influencing the lives of every family in her path.

“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 completed all of her training and educational requirements in Early Childhood Education by 2005 and obtained her Directors credentials in 2012. Casey has been blessed to have worked with all age groups here at Bridges—from lead classroom teacher to Music and 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.


Manager: Arleen Demmi-Blanton

Arleen was born and raised in Tampa. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education. Arleen has been employed with Bridges since 2011. Arleen is thankful to be a part of Our Lord’s work at Bridges.