Leadership

EXECUTIVE TEAM

Adam Miles-Founder, Executive Director

Adam Miles is an experienced Wall Street advisor that has been serving venture capitalists, corporations, and high net worth individuals for years. He has worked for some of the world’s largest and finest firms in finance. Prior to his career as a financial professional Adam worked for global powerhouse, Honda Motor Co. in both the USA and Japan in various capacities including new model cost control and government relations. While staying very busy as an advisor, Adam founded Bridges To America, Inc. and enjoys the extreme challenges of building the company’s programs to maximize positive impact on the world one family and one child at a time. His for-profit venture, Bridges To Your Best, aims to provide success-seeking individuals with the motivation and tools to break through barriers to become their very best self.

Personal Adam has lived numerous years outside the USA on several expatriate assignments, and is fluent in spoken and written Japanese. His home base is Utah but he travels extensively. He has four amazing children, and two great sons-in-law. He became a very young grandfather in late 2016. He loves running, skiing, mountain biking and tennis and loves spending time with his children and often includes them in his business ventures. He is a published author and loves to write and speak publicly. Adam loves to say “In Africa, it takes so little to do so much.” It is this view that provides him and his team the most extraordinary and fulfilling return on investment of time, capital, and heart.

You can connect with him on LinkedIn and on Twitter.

VOLUNTEER STAFF

Karinne Kehl-Refugee Outreach Coordinator

Processed with VSCO with c1 presetKarinne Rachelle Kehl is currently attending Brighton High School with plans to attend Utah Valley University next year. She is pursuing a degree in psychology. From a young age she has had an innate ability to reach out to others and connect by being a friend to everyone. She thrives on service which led her to volunteer with Bridges to America and Refugee Soccer.

She is an avid soccer player and fan and enjoys promoting the sport with the refugees. She is also currently serving weekly as a “special needs” activity assistant for her church group. Karinne puts the needs of others above herself which cultivates an environment for philanthropic service. She was raised in Sandy, Utah in a large family. Her interests are soccer, skiing, hiking, wake surfing, pickle ball, extremely outdoorsy and spending time with her friends & family.

Jackson Bennion-Special Refugee Projects Coordinator

Jackson Bennion is currently attending Olympus High School. He plans to serve a two year LDS mission after high school. Following that he plans to go to the University of Utah and study accounting. Jackson got involved with volunteering for Bridges by interviewing a refugee soccer team and putting their information on the RefugeeSoccer.com site. Jackson has gotten involved further by fundraising to raise 100 One World Futbols to help execute the Balls for Borno mission to deliver soccer balls to thousands of kids in refugee camps in Borno, Nigeria.

Jackson likes to be outdoors and playing sports. He is on the high school golf team. As a kid, Jackson played competitive soccer. Jackson has been involved in many service projects as well. He was raised in Holladay, Utah and is the oldest sibling of his family.

Maritsa Cervantes-Social Media Manager

Maritsa currently attends the University of Utah and is aiming for a dual Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology and Sociology with a Criminology certificate. She also works full-time at the Odyssey House of Utah as a Mental Health Caregiver for children. She previously worked as a Social Media Coordinator for a consulting agency in Salt Lake City for a year and wants to put her experience to good use to help further the goals of Bridges to America and Refugee Soccer.
Maritsa grew up in California and Utah, comes from a large family, and loves to hike, run, and travel. She has always been interested in the work of helping people and is an advocate of philanthropic service. In the past she has volunteered with the Red Cross, Salvation Army, American Heart Association, and the Human Rights Campaign. Maritsa has a passion for helping her community as well as for soccer, she has played soccer for 11 years and loves the idea of using the sport to bring people together.

Nik Diederich-Refugee Outreach Coordinator

Nik is currently a full time student at the University of Utah majoring in Russian with a focus on Pre-Dental coursework. He plans to have a future specializing in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Nik lived a few years abroad and speaks Russian fluently. He has previously worked as an EMT and currently works at a Brain Balance Achievement Center working with kids who struggle behaviorally, socially, and academically.

He is also the current president of the Operation Smile Student Association at the University of Utah. Nik is a Utah native and loves trying new things with friends and family and has a passion for skiing, the mountains and baseball. His love for volunteering and leading to help others connect and live better lives is what has drawn him to be a part many different organizations, such as, Refugee Soccer.

BOARD of DIRECTORS

We are looking to build out the Board of our parent company, Bridges To America, immediately with 5 diverse individuals willing and capable of assisting in the execution of the strategies that will fulfill Bridges’ mission. We need expertise in operations, finance, legal, and marketing. If you think you are a good candidate or know of one, call or email our Founder, Adam Miles, right away to discuss the opportunity. (M) 415.203.3763 or (E) adam@bridgestoamerica.org

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