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Bridges Over Troubled Waters

Bridges Over Troubled Waters

A Georgia based non-profit organization created to assist families in times of need; BOTW was born in 1991 with the union of Reginald R. Bridges, Sr. and Donna Sumpter. The two met and married after a military tour at Osan Air Base Korea. They have since committed their lives to helping others.

The husband and wife team pay homage to God and their parents…Roy and Elizabeth
Bridges, Sherman and Gladys Sumpter without whom Bridges Over Troubled Waters, Inc. would not exist. They believed this: “Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

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Meet The Team

Donna Bridges
Chief Executive Officer

Air Force Veteran Donna Sumpter Bridges is the youngest of 11 children born to Sherman and Gladys Sumpter. Married to Reginald Bridges in 1998, their union produced one son, Lance Elijah and through this marriage, Donna gained a bonus son, Reginald Jr. (RJ). RJ has blessed Donna and Reginald with three granddaughters A’virell, Yancey and Faith. Donna earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from California State University. She currently balances being a wife and mother with substitute teaching along with her role as CEO at BOTW.

Reginald Bridges
Chief Financial Officer

Air Force Retiree Reginald Bridges Sr. is the seventh of nine children born to Roy and Elizabeth Bridges. During his 20 years of service, Reginald earned an Avionics Technology Degree from the Community College of the Air Force and a General Aviation and Technology degree from Embry Riddle University. He recently retired from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Marietta, Georgia after 16 years as an Aviation Supervisor.

Board of Directors

Debbie Breland, Educator of more than 30 years
Pamela Bridges, Retired SMSGT, US Army 24 years of service
Cynthia Burney, Retired CMSGT, US Air Force 26 years of service
Garrick Burney, Retired  CMSGT US, Air Force 30 years of service
Douglas Lockett, Retired SMGT, US Army 22 years of service

Executive Team

Ryan Burney, Director of Marketing
Aiesha Khan M.Ed, Director of Education
Crystal Walker, Business Manager


Lance Bridges, Student