Bridges Staff & Board


An important component to ensuring the success of each student at Bridges Middle School is to have faculty who fully understand the developmental characteristics and unique learning needs of middle-school students. Bridges Middle School is fortunate to have a professional, creative, knowledgeable and caring staff.

Beven Byrnes is the School’s Principal/Executive Director. Educated at Portland State University and the Institute for Nonprofit Management, Mrs. Byrnes has more than 20 years of experience as a leader in various capacities for non-profit organizations that range from national healthcare advocacy and service organizations to a small local education programs serving youth with learning differences. She strongly believes in the power of an educational environment that encourages active and equitable participation in learning for students of all learning styles and abilities. She is a Portland native, wife, mother to 4 daughters, artist, community activist and lover of animals.

Ebonee Johnson is our Office Manager. Ms. Johnson has over 20 years of customer service and office administrative experience under her belt. She also brings relationship-building skills, compassion, a sincere drive to serve and a can-do attitude to this key position. With an education in Communications, certificates in HIPA compliance and domestic violence counseling, she is a committed community volunteer with a special dedication to creating equality in Portland and to building support systems for victims of domestic violence. Ms. Johnson grew up here in Portland and lives with her 3 children.

Carrie Hall is our Language Arts Teacher and Student Assessment Coordinator. Mrs. Hall has taught for a combined ten years in both Oregon and Idaho. She also worked as an education specialist at a multidisciplinary clinic serving children with neurodevelopmental disabilities in Meridian, Idaho for two years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood/Elementary Education and her Master of Education in Reading Instruction from George Fox University. Mrs. Hall is currently in her last year of working on her Ph.D. in Education with a special emphasis in special education and neurodevelopmental disabilities. She enjoys scrapbooking, traveling, cooking and most of all spending time with her husband, two boys, and dog.

Heather Hofeld is our Science Teacher. She brings 15 years of teaching and learning specialist experience to her work with Bridges’ students. Mrs. Hofeld earned her B.A. in Psychology at Occidental College in Los Angeles and her Masters in Special Education at Portland State University. She loves working in a setting that allows her to get to know students as individuals and watching first-hand the positive changes that small class size and personal attention makes for her students. Mrs. Hofeld is an avid runner who participates in several relays and half marathons every year. She enjoys hiking and cooking and keeps busy parenting two small boys with lots of energy!

Desi Pritchard is the 5th/6th Inclusive Teacher, High School Prep Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator at Bridges. Ms. Pritchard graduated from Concordia University with a BS and M Ed in 1998. Since then she has taught in public and private venues, including owning and being the head teacher of the biggest martial arts school in Oregon. She has personal experience with raising an ADHD child and comes to Bridges with both a parental and professional perspective. She has traveled extensively and loves animals, particularly her dogs and cats.

Carly Hauger is our Math Teacher. Ms. Hauger taught middle school in NYC for seven years at a private school serving students with learning differences. She received her M.A. in Special Education and General Education from Hunter College in NYC and previously studied Philosophy and Diversity Studies at the undergraduate level. Ms. Hauger is new to the Pacific Northwest and enjoys art, film, hiking, cycling, and spending time with her puppy!

Katrina Thompson is our Art Therapist and Art Studio Teacher. She received her degree in Art Therapy Counseling from Marylhurst University in 2009. Mrs. Thompson has her Registered Art Therapist License (ATR) and Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) credentials. Prior to joining Bridges Middle School she worked in a day treatment setting as a Child and Family Therapist. Outside of work Katrina enjoys creating art, spending time with friends and family, traveling and trying new things.

Don Shaw is our School Counselor and Social Bridges Teacher. Bringing fifteen years of experience, a Bachelor of Science in Sociology, a Master of Social Work, and a Post-Graduate Certificate in the Treatment of Interpersonal Trauma, Don Shaw, LCSW, is the newest member of our dedicated team of professionals. Mr. Shaw has served as a Mental Health Care Coordinator with the Tigard/Tualatin School District collaborating with school personnel, students and families in assessing students’ mental health concerns and connecting them to appropriate levels of service. Prior to this position he built a career as a practicing clinical social worker providing individual, group and family mental health services across a variety of environments. Mr. Shaw has had excellent success working with students and their families to help them identify their academic and social goals and to create road maps to achieve those. He lives in Portland with his wife and two children.


Amy Korkowski (Board Chair) was raised in Portland, Oregon. After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, she worked at Arthur Andersen where she earned her CPA. Next she earned her MBA in Finance and Marketing from the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Upon graduation she became the CFO of a fabric converter where she commuted between New York and San Francisco. In 1993, she moved back to Portland to become the Oregon Controller for the distribution arm of Pacific Sea Food. After a stint at Hewlett Packard in Camas and as a Director of Client Service at Resources Global Professionals, Amy started her own Job Search Coaching Business. She recently finished her term on the Board of Directors at the Raphael House, has volunteered at Dress for Success and also volunteers at GHM Boutique. Amy enjoys tennis, walking with friends and spending time with her family. She has twin 12-year-old boys. One of her sons is a 7th grader at Bridges Middle School.

David Kirchfeld (Board Treasurer) was born in Delano, California, while his parents worked with Cesar Chavez as part of the United Farm Workers. They moved to Portland, Oregon, a few years later in 1979 where they lived in NE Portland. He is an Independent Financial Advisor for LPL Financial and helps clients meet their financial objectives through a personal investment approach. Before being a financial advisor in Portland, David attended college at San Diego State University where he graduated in 2004. After graduating, he moved to San Francisco and worked as a Premier Client Manager at Bank of America. In 2009, he decided to move back to Portland and start a family with his partner, Mey. They have two wonderful kids, Wyatt (5) and Charlotte (3). He used to have hobbies like biking, hiking, golfing and reading prior to having kids, but now enjoys going to the park, swimming lessons, playing superheroes and dressing up stuffed animals. He still finds time to play basketball and is an avid Trailblazers fan. David is very excited to be part of the Bridges Middle School Board of Directors and to be part of the growing process. He plans on using his people skills and finance background to contribute to this important educational program.

Emily James (Board Secretary) grew up in Raleigh Hills, Oregon, attending Beaverton schools.  She graduated from the University of Arizona in 1993, majoring in Creative Writing with a Minor in Humanities.  She worked in recruiting, investment banking, and finance prior to having her three boys, ages 13, 11 and 9.   She returned to school in 2011 to realize her dream of becoming a registered nurse and now works at OHSU in the NeuroSciences ICU.  She has served as a board member for Sunset Preschool and the Grade Level Volunteer Coordinator at Raleigh Hills School in addition to serving as a member of the School of Nursing Alumni Advisory Committee at OHSU.

Ann Brayfield was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and raised in Minneapolis, Long Beach and Berkeley, California, Manhattan, Kansas, and State College, Pennsylvania. Continuing her moving around pattern, Ann enrolled at Antioch College in Yellow Springs, Ohio where she spent five years, half time in Yellow Springs and half time at a variety of co-op jobs from Washington, DC to What Cheer, Iowa with several stops in-between, exploring journalism and human services and graduating with a bachelor’s degree in political science. Ann has forty years of experience in business, education, health and community services. These include successfully growing and leading a 50 employee distribution company and working as an independent school business manager in a school of 60 students and later a school of 500 students. In addition, she has worked in a variety of roles in a family medicine residency program, a neighborhood health center and a public housing agency. Ann’s passionate commitment to the education of children with learning and emotional differences emerged as she raised six children with learning differences. Ann, her husband and youngest daughter moved to Portland from New Hampshire three years ago in order for their daughter to attend Bridges Middle School and later Thomas Edison High School.

Dan Rice is a native Oregonian. He is a Principal/Managing Director of Macadam Capital Partners, a local   investment banking and corporate finance firm. Prior to joining Macadam, Mr. Rice was a Vice President in the Corporate Banking division of U.S. Bank. Dan’s twenty-four years of corporate finance, commercial and investment banking experience includes a broad range of buy and sell-side merger and acquisition transactions, corporate valuations, profit and performance improvement plans and corporate restructurings.  Mr. Rice began his business career after obtaining BS degrees in Finance and Marketing from the University of Oregon in 1990. In 2000 Dan earned a MBA from Portland State University. Over the years he has been involved in various community activities, particularly educational and youth related causes, such as the Lake Oswego School District Foundation Board, the Lake Oswego School District Advisory Committee, the Lake Oswego Local Option Levy Campaign, the Lake Oswego Little League Baseball Board and coach of multiple youth sports teams. Dan lives in Lake Oswego with his wife and two teenage children.

Jennifer Rollins practices law in the areas of business, real estate and finance at Elliot Ostrander & Preston, P.C. She is a graduate of Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio) and the University of Virginia Law School. During law school, Ms. Rollins served as executive editor of the Virginia Environmental Law Journal. She is currently a member of the Oregon State Bar and the Multnomah County Bar Association. In addition to her service on the Bridges Middle School Board of Directors, she is also a volunteer for CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates of Children. Jennifer lives in Portland, Oregon with her family, including two young children.