About Bridg-it

Positive Change Starts Here.

Bridg-it partners with schools, communities, and organizations to
address bullying and harassment with a comprehensive and compliant
solution that cultivates safe, positive environments.

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Going Beyond Reporting

Bridg-it has developed the only solution to address bullying and
harassment through the entire lifecycle of an incident. With a curated
Resource Center of proven best practices in restorative techniques,
Bridg-it enables teachable moments and the opportunity for positive
outcomes after every reported event.

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Why Bridg-it?

“I created Bridg-it because reporting is not enough. We provide resources for restorative justice to build communities. Bridg-it can create safe schools and environments where students can learn and thrive. This is my goal, and I urge other parents to join me in being part of the solution.”

Jeffrey Ervine
President of Bridg-it

Our Team

Bridg-it is led by a team of experts dedicated to changing the way bullying and
harassment is addressed.

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Jeffrey Ervine

Founder & CEO

Jeff Ervine, the Founder and President of Bridgit.com, is an impassioned tech entrepreneur with a Wall Street background. After being the subject and target of online bullying as an adult,...

Jeff Ervine, the Founder and President of Bridgit.com, is an impassioned tech entrepreneur with a Wall Street background. After being the subject and target of online bullying as an adult, Jeff Ervine set out to change the world for the better, starting with our country’s youth.

A graduate of The Pennsylvania State University with a BS in Accounting and an MBA in Finance from Columbia Business School, Jeff Ervine has leveraged his business acumen with his desire to develop a safer environment for children in schools and online. After spending the first two decades of his professional career in financial services as a CPA for Deloitte, he became a successful investment banker specializing in asset management focusing on the hedge fund and private equity sectors.

In 2008, Jeff was targeted and defamed online, spending years in court defending not only his own name, but his family’s. Mr. Ervine eventually succeeded winning a multi-million dollar lawsuit for cyber defamation against his attacker. It was during this trial that Jeff developed an expertise and passion for helping victims of online defamation. Creating and developing Bridg-it was the first step to provide school communities with the first sustainable solution to bullying, cyberbullying and harassment.

Jeff Ervine states, “As I was doing research on recourse mechanisms to solve my online reputation problem, I learned, first hand, from educators, parents and students that traditional bullying had morphed into a much more serious form of aggression. Digital communication and social media had permanently amplified the severity of bullying and harassment, causing unending pain and anxiety to student victims and their families. I realized our children’s self image, confidence and hope were being destroyed; reactionary laws were being created by politicians, but no one was working on an easily implementable, sustainable solution to these new forms of bullying and harassment. All a victim of bullying or online harassment wants, is for it to stop as fast as possible”. Jeff, with the help of leading researchers, lawyers, educators, software developers, and students, has created Bridg-it, the first sustainable solution to bullying and harassment, in all its forms. Jeff Ervine has quickly become the leading expert in app development that will change the way our educational system addresses the social wellness issues of our nation’s youth.

Despite the demand for his breakthrough technology and web app for Bridg-it School, Mr. Ervine has devoted time to speaking engagements and educating the public on the need for reform in the way our country’s private and public schools address and treat the victims of bullying as well as restorative treatment for the attackers.
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David Henritze

Chief Operating Officer

Prior to joining Bridg-it LLC, David has had extensive experience in alternative asset management, merchant and investment banking, and personal lines insurance. For both start-ups and...

Prior to joining Bridg-it LLC, David has had extensive experience in alternative asset management, merchant and investment banking, and personal lines insurance. For both start-ups and established firms he has been responsible for strategic planning, revenue initiatives including product development and building distribution channels, and capital raising. He was the President and founder of Refco Alternative Investments specializing in derivative strategies and structured products ($1billion AUM in 3 years) marketed directly and through 42 distribution partners in the US, UK/Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

David graduated from the University of North Carolina with concentrations in Political Science and Economics and then obtained an MBA in Business Administration with a finance specialty from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Christopher Engel

President & Director-Business Development

Prior to joining Bridg-it LLC Chris served as the President of Forefront Global Products, a division of Forefront Capital Markets Management, LLC, an alternative asset management trading,...

Prior to joining Bridg-it LLC Chris served as the President of Forefront Global Products, a division of Forefront Capital Markets Management, LLC, an alternative asset management trading, brokerage and services platform. Since 2000 Chris raised capital primarily for long/short equity and event-driven opportunistic managers. For more than 20 years he has managed his family office, Engel Investors LP, and co-managed The Jockey Hollow Fund, a fund of hedge funds.

From 1983 to 1990, he served as an Independent Floor Trader on the COMEX trading gold, silver and copper. He traded crude oil and natural gas on the NYMEX from 1990 to 2000. He started his career at Drexel Burnham Lambert. Since 1997, he has served on the board of the Genetic Disease Foundation. In 1981 Chris earned a B.A. degree in History from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Stephanie Norman

President of K-12 Division, Director of Resource Center

After graduating from the University of Southern California, Stephanie began her career as a Teach for America Corps member in 2010. She was hired as a Special Education teacher in New...

After graduating from the University of Southern California, Stephanie began her career as a Teach for America Corps member in 2010. She was hired as a Special Education teacher in New Orleans and worked for three years with students who had a variety of behavioral and instructional needs. While teaching, she was responsible for creating and managing individual behavior and education plans for her students. She recently completed her master's degree at Columbia University's Teachers College in Developmental Psychology.

Stephanie is currently working on restorative content development and curating a collection of resources for the Bridg-it Resource Center.
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Deborah Yan

Visual and Graphic Designer

Deborah (Deb) Yan is an illustrator, designer, animator and fabricator who graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She has taken on multiple freelance...

Deborah (Deb) Yan is an illustrator, designer, animator and fabricator who graduated with a BFA in Illustration from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). She has taken on multiple freelance design and animation jobs internationally, and also has experience as a fabricator at Hornet Inc. and Puppet Heap. Her first animated short film was screened at 3 New York-based film festivals in 2015.

Advisory Board

Bridg-it's Advisory Board is composed of industry-leading experts and influencers in education, technology, psychology, and social media issues.


Stephanie Clark, Philanthropist

Craig Coblenz, former Director of Media Sales at Facebook

Gabriel De Jesus, Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Honne Capital LLC

Charles J. Glasser, Jr., Esq., Media Relations Consultant and former Global Media Counsel, Bloomberg News

John MacPhee, Executive Director and CEO, JED Foundation

Connie Marquez, Deputy Director, STEPS to End Family Violence

Dr. Jennifer Messina, Ph.D, Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Shirley Moulton, Founder and CEO, Academi of Life

Luis D. Ortiz, Licensed Real Estate Broker, Douglas Elliman, and TV Personality, Bravo’s Million Dollar Listing New York

Beth Sims, Partner, Shaw Perelson May & Lambert, L.L.P. that represents approximately sixty (60) school districts in the Hudson Valley of New York State

Strategic Partnerships

Bridg-it has partnered with industry leaders to help educate
communities on how to address bullying and harassment and create
more positive outcomes.

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Established in 1967, the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Nassau County (Nassau BOCES) is the largest BOCES in New York State. Serving 56 school districts in Nassau County, their mission has always been to enhance public education and the opportunities available to students of all ages and abilities by providing access to innovative and cost-effective services.

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The New York City Department of Education (DOE) is the largest school district in the US, serving 1.1 million students in over 1,800 schools.

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Centene Corporation is committed to improving the health of the community through health insurance solutions for the under-insured and uninsured, and through specialty services that align with their focus on whole health.

Centene provides health plans through Medicaid, Medicare and the Health Insurance Marketplace and other Health Solutions through their specialty services companies.

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Triton Insurance, located on the harbor in historic Newport, Rhode Island, takes pride in its deep roots in the marine insurance business. With over 100 years of combined experience in insuring luxury categories, they have expanded to include all forms of personal and commercial coverage.

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Arthur J. Gallagher & Co. offer unique solutions designed specifically to an organization’s insurance or benefits needs as well as risk exposures – whether domestically or internationally.

Their cross-divisional teams of industry specialists collaborate to address critical challenges, and serve as a dedicated and active partner providing access to their global resources.

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The Silver School provides a rich environment for the education of professional social workers. The School offers accredited programs at the undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral levels, and serves as a major post-master’s training center for hundreds of practitioners in the New York region.

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The Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) is a nonprofit education organization located in New York City. For more than a century, CEI has been a recognized leader in advancing meaningful reforms in public education.

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Ryan’s Story is dedicated to the memory of John and Kelly Halligan’s son Ryan and for all children suffering from the pain of being bullied and having thoughts of suicide. John has been outspoken about the need for more education and prevention of bullying, cyber bullying and teen suicide throughout the United States and Canada.

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All Access Productions is a passionate community of artists united by one mission, to lend our voice to those who suffer in silence. With the stage as our platform, we tell their stories to ignite empathy and change in the culture of our schools and communities.

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The JED Foundation‘s mission is to promote emotional health and prevent suicide among college and university students. Their proven model and award-winning programs are changing the way campuses, communities and families promote mental health and prevent suicide.

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The Tyler Clementi Foundation (TCF), guided by the life and story of Tyler Clementi, promotes safe, inclusive and respectful social environments in homes, schools, campuses, churches and the digital world for vulnerable youth, LGBT youth and their allies. Through educational partnerships, research, public dialogues and awareness programs, TCF fosters empathetic, constructive discussions of respect and dignity for youth and families, at all levels of society.

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Council for Unity (CFU) specializes in reducing violence in schools and communities. For over 30 years, CFU has been resolving issues of safety, bias, bullying and gang violence in schools and communities. Council for Unity has reclaimed some of our most violent and disenfranchised youth.

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STEPS To End Family Violence is dedicated to empowering families and communities through innovative strength-based programs that promote healing and social change. We are a progressive community organization that values justice and diversity.

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The Hetrick-Martin Institute believes all young people, regardless of sexual orientation or identity, deserve a safe and supportive environment in which to achieve their full potential. Hetrick-Martin creates this environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth between the ages of 13 and 24 and their families.