Update: The Bridging Neighborhoods Office has moved to 1017 Springwells St., Detroit. 

Meet the Team

Mission Statement

Bridging Neighborhoods is a diverse team of dedicated professionals committed to serving Detroiters. Our mission is to contribute to the growth of the city with professional relocation, renovation, and real estate services that highlight dynamic neighborhoods.

 

Charity Dean

Charity Dean

Director

Before joining the Mayor’s team, Charity worked at the Detroit Land Bank, where she was instrumental in the creation and development of its core disposition programs, including the Auction, Side Lot and the Buy Back programs. Charity focused on holistic solutions for occupants whose homes went through tax foreclosure. Charity studied political science at Oakland University and earned her Juris Doctor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law.

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Heather Zygmontowicz

Heather Zygmontowicz

Deputy Director

Heather Zygmontowicz graduated from Michigan State University with degrees in Political Theory and Accounting. She began her career as a CPA with PriceWaterhouse Coopers, specializing in utility audits and consulting. Heather later joined the Detroit Land Bank Authority, where she led the Operations Department and piloted the Rehabbed & Ready program.

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Robert “Bob” Bilderbeck

Robert “Bob” Bilderbeck

Construction Superintendent

Bob has a background in project management, supervision and renovation. Bob is also a skilled tradesmen in welding, painting and all aspects of construction. His most recent work includes Regional Management for a home renovation company. Bob received his Bachelor’s degree from Cleary University in Business Administration and holds an Elementary Teaching Certification with a specialization in Special Education from Eastern Michigan University. Bob is also a veteran that served in the U.S. Army.

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Amy Amador

Amy Amador

Program Manager

Amy has a background in housing, education, and community development in Detroit. With over 20 years of experience, she has served in organizational leadership, management and program roles. Amy earned a Bachelor's degree from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Michigan.

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Paige White

Paige White

Program Assistant

Paige has a strong sense of community and a passion for people. As a former Detroit Land Bank Authority employee, she provided administrative support to the Sales & Programs and Buy Back/Occupied teams. She also organized and assisted with planning community events. Paige is an active volunteer for multiple nonprofit organizations across Detroit and an active advocate for the revitalization of Detroit and its neighborhoods.

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Clarence Jefferson

Clarence Jefferson III

Accountant

Clarence obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Accounting from Morehouse College. He has accounting experience in the private and non-profit sector and now with The City of Detroit. He loves the city that helped mold him into the individual he is today. Clarence’s long term goal is to open a school in Detroit to give back to his community.

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Evan Markarian

Evan Markarian

Housing Consultant

Evan Markarian comes from an urban planning and community development background. Prior projects include Stabilizing Morningside and the Southwest Detroit Environmental Vision Clean Diesel Program. Markarian holds a Master of Urban Planning from University of Michigan and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from University of Detroit Mercy.

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Raquelle Seda

Raquelle Seda

Housing Consultant

Raquelle is a lifelong Detroit resident and dedicated to her community. Raquelle has worked and volunteered for several Southwest Detroit non-profits for over 10 years. She is an active human rights advocate in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Currently, Raquelle is pursuing a Masters in Public Administration with a concentration in non-profit management and leadership.

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Nicole Scott

Nicole Scott

Community Liaison

Nicole graduated from the University of Michigan Dearborn with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. She holds a Master of Public Administration degree from Walden University with a concentration in Nonprofit Management and Leadership. Her experience has been in the field of community development working for several community development corporations in Detroit.

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Karina Odom

Karina Odom

Program Coordinator

Karina has a background in the non-profit sector and community outreach in local government. Her most recent work includes working at Urban Neighborhood Initiatives for 6 years, and serving as Community Relations Coordinator within the office of Detroit City Council Member Raquel Castañeda-López during her first term. Karina has a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University in Spanish with a minor in Latin American Studies.

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Antoine Hayes

Antoine Hayes

Housing Development Specialist

Antoine has a calling and passion for real estate. Across his 20 year career, he has been able to enjoy an amazing lifestyle and a level of freedom that few experience. Antoine has also been able to empower a vast number of families and individuals with homeownership and investors with positive returns.

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Lincoln Moore

Lincoln Moore

Senior Project Coordinator

Lincoln Hoey Moore has a background in healthcare administration, higher education, and international development. He holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Fuller Theological Seminary. Prior to joining the Bridging Neighborhoods Program, he served as a Detroit Revitalization Fellow working as a Program Manager and Data Analyst for a Federally Qualified Health Center in Southwest Detroit.

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