Who We Are
A group of people concerned about the divisiveness and disconnect that we are feeling in today’s world. A group concerned that sometimes the elderly seem lonely and to lack a sense of purpose. A group of people who are concerned that younger generations often do not get the benefit of learning from the older generation. A group of people who feel that music can help bring back beautiful memories and comfort the soul. And, we are a group of people who feel that it is time for a movement like this, to bring generations of people together to fill many of these concerns.
Founder & Director
Susan Hebbel is thrilled to start this project, and she is so passionate about it. She has worn many hats in her lifetime, including mother to three beautiful grown daughters, real estate agent, school admissions director, yoga teacher and an extremely active volunteer for several non-profits. Susan has served on the Board of Directors for Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia and also for the Virginia CASA Program (Court Appointed Special Advocates). She volunteered for 6 years as the weekly BINGO caller at a local assisted living facility, bringing delicious specialty chocolates each week. Last summer, Susan went on a 7,400 mile cross country road trip, by herself, volunteering a half a day in each city that she visited. On this trip, she was fully inspired to make this intergenerational learning center (The Bridge), a reality. She has a family business in Northern Virginia with her family, and is fully committed and fired up about The Bridge!
Vicki brings a broad level of leadership experience and dedication to the board. She thrives in opportunities to teach, train and lead. She lives on Hilton Head island, SC and has joyfully led over ten yoga teacher training certification programs at the Jiva Yoga Center. She is passionate about presenting quality information, respecting others’ time and is proud of her graduates. Her enthusiasm has contributed to the launch of a successful TV show called Hip Yoga. Her love of music and her talents have led her to record four Kirtan songs available on ITunes. Previously, Vicki was responsible for managing 10 multi-million dollar stores for the Timberland Company in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. She was ranked #1 District Sales Manager and presented with a Leadership Award. She successfully organized and opened 7 new Timberland Stores and was grateful to participate in the development and launch of the Valuing Inclusion Training Program – Managing Diversity in the Workplace. She is thrilled and humbled to be part of the development of The Bridge.
Casey Hebbel is currently finishing her Masters of Arts in Teaching (with a Theatre K-12 licensure) at Belmont University in Nashville, TN, the university from which she also recieved a BFA in Musical Theatre back in 2012. After finishing her undergrad work, Casey spent two years in New York City auditioning and performing. Casey has spent the past six summers in Sonoma, CA, working with Transcendence Theatre Company, both as a performer and as their Director of Education. As an actor, Casey has performed regionally for companies such as Studio Tenn (TN), Musicals Tonight (NYC), Arts Center of Coastal Carolina (SC), Flat Rock Playhouse (NC), and Summer Repertory Theatre (CA). In Nashville, Casey serves as a teaching artist, choreographer, and director for various companies including The Theater Bug, Nashville Children’s Theatre, and Acting Up. Casey’s unusual combination of artistic abilities, teaching experience, love for others, contacts in the theatre world and organizational skills make her extremely valuable to the Bridge. She is thrilled to be a part of this truly incredible project and cannot wait to see how it will change the lives of so many!
Katrina lives on Hilton Head Island with her husband, Bryan, daughter, Emilee and two fur-babies, Winston and Leia. Her job and passion is teaching Yoga and coaching clients through positive life transformations using Holistic Nutrition and Yoga as the gateway to wholeness. Katrina recently began homeschooling her daughter Emilee and did so because of her enthusiasm for education to exist outside of a box. Having previously taught in a Reggio-inspired preschool located Atlanta, Ga, Katrina has always been driven to hold space for education to be organic, pursued with wonder and child guided. Katrina committed to become a Bridge board member because she foresees the vitality that will organically bloom from bridging the generations.
Morgan Smith is an early graduate from Hilton Head Island High School. She has just enrolled at Lynchburg College to major in Technical Theatre and minor in special education. She has plans to eventually open up her own non-profit theatre focusing on the inclusion of people with different abilities and special needs. She is incredibly honored to be a part of such a fantastic project and is looking forward to all the amazing people she will get to work with in the future!
Ian Knauer has been performing professionally on stage and on screen for over forty years starting with Kurt in The Sound of Music in his hometown of Toledo, Ohio. He now lives in New York and has performed in five Broadway shows, one West End show, ten national/international tours, and many films, concerts, recordings and cabarets around the world. He served on the Board of Directors of the Something mAAgic Foundation, an organization which supports various children’s organizations and the Give Kids The World Village by enhancing wishes for children from all over the world. For over a decade, Ian has sung with Vocal Ease, a volunteer singing organization that provides live entertainment for New York City’s senior citizens at hospitals, nursing homes, and senior centers and residences. He is looking forward to working with this terrific organization to bridge the generations through the arts!
Shelly Fairchild isn’t new to the industry – but she’s far from old news. And of her latest release Buffalo she wants everyone to know: “This is the most honest record I’ve ever made.”
So it is. A staple in the Nashville music community, Fairchild hit the scene to much acclaim with her debut album Ride. The project introduced the young artist’s soulful, gospel-tinged brand of alternative country and spawned a Top 40 hit with “You Don’t Lie Here Anymore.” She toured with some of the biggest names in the format, including Rascal Flatts, Keith Urbanand Tim McGraw, and began to dig her roots in the industry. She again found success in her second release, Ruby’s Money, which came steeped in a thick groove with elements of funk – but it’s Buffalo that marks a milestone in her life and career.
The Jackson, Miss. native started the project in May 2014, launching a PledgeMusic campaign in the hopes that she would find support of her endeavor – and after reaching her goal in just two days, she realized she had. In many Native American cultures, the buffalo symbolizes gratitude and abundance. Fairchild, who has Choctaw ancestry, connected with the idea that though buffalo carry a lot on their shoulders, their horns are always pointing up to the sky.
A longtime hidden gem in the trove of Nashville musicians, Fairchild continues to keep her head and her heart pointing up to the sky. Between singing background vocals for the likes of Jason Aldean and Martina McBride, touring across the country and continuously working on future projects, it is clear she is just getting started.
As for accepting a position on the Board for the Bridge, we are thrilled! Shelly’s energy, passion and compassion for others is contagious and equal to her amazing talents as a singer-songwriter and performer! She is humble, kind, energetic and real….and someone who can take us to incredible levels of inspiration in making this project a huge success! Plus, in her own words, she said it so well when she told us, “You have no earthly idea just how much I love older people!” Shelly is sure to be a tremendous asset to the Bridge project