Else Pedersen, Chief Executive OfficerElse_9724
4150 Earhart Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70125
Chief Executive Officer, Else Pedersen has worked for Bridge House / Grace House since 1992. Else is a Licensed Addiction Counselor and holds a Masters of Business Administration. Else became the Chief Executive Officer of Bridge House / Grace House on September 15, 2011. Prior to that date, she was the Executive Director of Bridge House since 2004. Else has extensive knowledge of the inner workings of Bridge House in that she has worked in many departments before becoming the Executive Director, in particular the Clinical Department as a direct provider of services. Else is responsible for the overall management of the organization. Her responsibilities include the development and implementation of all clinical programs and supporting businesses; ensuring clinical program and business objectives are met; and directing and supervising staff. As a person in recovery, Else has a unique perspective in meeting the needs of our consumers.

Michelle Gaiennie, Executive Director of Clinical ServicesPhoto of Michelle Gaiennie Updated
4150 Earhart Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70125
Michelle Gaiennie, LCSW holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Tulane University and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University. She is an Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist licensed by the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. Michelle has served as Executive Director of Clinical Services for Bridge House / Grace House since 2013.  Prior to that date, she was the Executive Director of Grace House since 2003.

Kevin Gardere, Executive Director of DevelopmentKevin_9747
4150 Earhart Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70125 | (504) 821-7133
Kevin Gardere has been an employee of Bridge House Corporation since 2002. He has been responsible for Major Gifts since 2004. In December 2013, he became the Executive Director of Development.  Kevin is a graduate of the Bridge House Substance Abuse Treatment Program (2002).

Walter Wright, Chief Financial Officer
4150 Earhart Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70125 | (504) 821-7142
Walter Wright, CPA holds an Accounting Degree from the University of New Orleans. He has been with Bridge House / Grace House since 2014.


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