Bridges offers the expertise of local professionals through classroom presentations on a variety of topics. This valuable service offers high school instructors the ability to integrate real-world knowledge with classroom curriculum to motivate students to learn more. Some schools are also able to electronically present speakers, saving the presenter's travel time.

First, pick an industry field to explore by clicking on one listed below. This will open a display of speakers in this industry.

  • To learn more about any speaker, click on their photo. This will open a new window with their specific background, speaking topics and list of schools to which they will travel.
  • To request any specific speaker, click on the speaker’s name or business name — this will open an email to that speaker. Be sure to specify the times and dates that work best for your classroom. The business professional will respond directly to you to coordinate the best time/date.

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Download the Speaker fact sheet.

To volunteer to be a speaker or, for more information, contact:

Mary Gottsch, (218) 822-7117
Executive Director

Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources

Arlene Jones
The Farm on St. Mathias

Arts, Communication & Information Systems

Andy Isackson
Jim Mayne
Information Technology
Deerwood Technologies
Jason Przymus
California Digest Technologies Companies
Miranda Anderson
Marketing VP
Riverwood Bank
Jason Brown
Long Prairie Leader

Business, Management, & Administration

Jim Haakonson
CPA Public Acconting
Clifton Larson Allen
Mark Ronnei
General Manager
Grand View Lodge
Greg Bergman
Small Business Development Center
Jim Goerges
Business Owner
Precision Tool Technologies, Inc.
Andy Isackson
Jill Carlson
Director of Training & Development of Sales
MidMinnesota Federal Credit Union
Darren Larson
BlackRidge Bank
Miranda Anderson
Marketing VP
Riverwood Bank
Jenny Castle
Director of Human Resources
Brainerd Public Schools
Julie Anderholm
Financial Consultant
Small Business Development Center
Christina Landree
Human Resources
Pro Staff
Heidi Hagen
Loan Administration
Frandsen Bank & Trust
Aundra Erickson
Country Financial
Kristi Westbrock
CEO/General Manager
Twyla Flaws
Personnel Manager
Clow Stamping Co.
Audra Larsen
Quality, Enviro Health & Safety Cert Management
Chris Crosby
Loan Officer
Pine River State Bank
Leigh Shebeck
Business Owner
Shebeck Consulting/Battle Lake DQ

Engineering, Manufacturing & Technology

Bob Jackson
Stern Manufacturing
Don Booth
American Institute of Nondestructive Testing
Mark J. Korte
Construction, Project Manager
Nor-son, Inc.
Jim Goerges
Business Owner
Precision Tool Technologies, Inc.
Tim Houle
Civil Engineer
Widseth Smith Nolting
Jeff Ledin
Civil Engineer
SEH Inc.
Jason Jones
Part Sales, Customer Service Supervisor
Graphic Packaging
Twyla Flaws
Personnel Manager
Clow Stamping Co.
Audra Larsen
Quality, Enviro Health & Safety Cert Management

Health Science Technology

Kevin Lee
North Memorial Ambulance
Sandy Berreth
Health Care Administration Nurse
Brainerd Lakes Surgery Center
Jacque Bartczak
Registered Nurse
Lakewood Health System
Cindy Rieck
Physical Therapist
Pequot Lakes Physical Therapy Services
Trevor Harting
Physical Therapist/Owner
Select Therapy


Mike Stanek
MN Army National Guard Brainerd