Keith Gee has been selected as the next president and CEO of Bridges BTC, Bob Gabordi, chairman of the Bridges Board of Directors announced.
The appointment is effective April 1. Gee has been executive director of The Children’s Hunger Project since 2016 and has more than 30 years of experience working with nonprofits, particularly in management and growing revenue and has excelled in working in the community.
“We were looking for someone innovative and creative to help lead Bridges into a new era in our long history,” Gabordi said. “We have seen first-hand Keith’s impact in the community and believe we have selected someone who can lead our organization as we begin a new chapter of serving the disabilities community, veterans and families.”
Bridges has been in Brevard County since 1956 and is headquartered in Rockledge with programs across the county and at Patrick Air Force Base.
“I am so excited about this new opportunity to grow Bridges and serve more people in Brevard County,” Gee said. “Bridges has such a strong and vibrant history in Brevard County and I hope to grow the organization to new levels.”
In Brevard County, Gee also served as CEO of the American Red Cross from 2007 to 2010. He has an MBA from Columbia Southern University in Alabama.
Robert Walters, a member of the Bridges board and chair of the Bridges CEO search committee, said the committee received hundreds of applications for the job.
“After an exhaustive national search, the Search Committee is very pleased with our selection of Keith Gee as the new President and CEO of Bridges,” Walters said. “Keith’s expertise and energy will serve the organization and our community for years to come.”
Bonnie Rudolph, a long-time board member and former chair, has served as interim CEO of Bridges since August, when David Cooke stepped down.
“Bonnie helped us right the ship at perhaps the stormiest time in our history,” Gabordi said. “She has enabled us to continue to move forward. I know I speak for the entire board, the Bridges staff and management team and our clients and their families in expressing our gratitude for her work.”
Gabordi said Rudolph went above and beyond the expected in her interim role.
“When I asked her to step into that job, we expected a quick turn-around on the position,” he said. “We thought it would be a couple months. Here we are in February and she is still in that role. Thank you doesn’t feel strong enough
Under Gee’s leadership, The Children’s Hunger Project has placed the issue of feeding hungry children in Brevard County squarely on the public agenda.
Gabordi said Gee’s good work at The Children’s Hunger Project was the major factor in the decision to hire him.
“I’ve gotten to work with him on special projects, as has others at Bridges. We know our organization will thrive under his leadership,” Gabordi said.
Bridges BTC is a community-based organization in Brevard County dedicated to enriching the lives of children and adults with intellectual, developmental and physical disabilities. Bridges offers day programs, residential group homes, se4rvices for veterans with disabilities, adult education and life skills programs and education.