Vanhella Collier is the Founder and Executive Director of Secure The Bridge Network (STBN). She has a Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science in Business concentration in Administration and additional Major in Management from the University of Phoenix. Vanhella is a member of Toastmaster International and a member of the Arizona Southern Mentor Collation. Vanhella has seven years of experience as a Human Resource Professional and 25 plus years of administrative support experience.
Vanhella volunteered in an outreach ministry at the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center. She has a passion for working with young people. She was moved by compassion and has a strong desire to mentor to those that are involved in the juvenile justice court system.
Vanhella was given this vision in January of 2016. God has called her to minister and mentor in a greater capacity. Secure The Bridge Network is a God given vision birth to inspire, encourage and empower young people to excel and succeed in life.
James L. Collier is a veteran of the armed forces, where he served over 20 years with the United States Air Force, as a Photo Imagery Specialist. During his military career, he had the opportunity to enjoy four oversea tours two in England, Japan and Hawaii. While in Hawaii he was blessed with the opportunity to help coach a youth basketball team.
After receiving numerous letters of accommodations, awards, and medals, he retired from the United States Air Force in 1990. In October 1990, his career path led him to the Adult Judicial System with the State of Arizona, Department of Corrections. In 1994, at the Rincon Minors Unit, Tucson Arizona, Wilmot Complex, he helped implement a legal system (Law Library) for minors who were adjudicated as adults to begin researching their trial transcripts, rights, and gaining an understanding of how the judicial system works.
Also, in 1994, He started working at the Pima County Juvenile Detention Center in Tucson, Arizona, as a Detention Officer. He counseled numerous young adults while working with the adults and juvenile system. In November 2010, He retired from the State of Arizona Department of Corrections after 20 years. In March of 2011, He became a certified group and one on one mentor for the Goodwill Industries Mentorship Program for at risks youth and international students in the community and at Catalina Magnet High School.
During the year of 2011 and 2012 through networking with his pastor and church family clothing, shoes, food, and personal hygiene items were donated to approximately 100 international and refuge students at Catalina Magnet High School. Through networking with a couple of fraternities in Tucson Arizona, two of the international students received three scholarships each, to further their education. 1 September 2011, from the Fifth Episcopal District Desert Mountain Annual Conference, 2011 Sons of Thunder Award presented to Brother James Collier In recognition of Servant Leadership. January 20, 2013 from the Women’s Progressive & Civic Club, Tucson Arizona, received the Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition Award. At the present time I’m a volunteer for Bright Star Community Foodbank for the nutrition program for elementary schools in the Tucson Unified School District. Member of the Southern Arizona Mentorship Coalition. Member of the Desert Trails Golf Club. James L. Collier is the Co-Founder, President and Board Director of Secure The Bridge Network.
Camala Templeton has a heart for children. She uses the love of Jesus as the catalyst to engage with children in community and church environments. Camala has spent a few years as an in-house residential case manager for teen mothers teaching them how to care for themselves and their children, and reuniting teen mothers with their families. Camala also worked as a care worker for disable children providing all levels of care and creating activities that enhance their quality of life. She enjoys volunteering as a youth leader in the youth department at her local church. She volunteers in children’s church, Sunday School, State Church Activities and assist with directing the youth choir.
Camala holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting and Business Management. She has over 17 years of experience including five years with a nation firm. Camala earned the Internal Revenue Service Enrolled Agent Designation in 2013 and taught basic and advanced tax preparation and accounting courses. In addition, Camala served as a Vice President/Director on the Board of the National Association of Tax Professionals Arizona Chapter. Camala has established many successful business relationships and instilled integrity in all endeavors.
Camala’s family life consists of a blended family of eight children which includes one adopted child. She and her husband are foster parents in the State of Arizona. She enjoys spending time with her family, reading, traveling and hiking.
Advisory Board Member
Brian Lawrence serves as the Technology Manager for the Pima Accommodation District in Tucson, AZ. He is currently pursuing his BS degree at Pima Community College and NAU and his Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) certification along with is Google certification. He has served as a Juvenile Detention and Senior Officer for 9 years. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 7 years. Brian has served on the Arizona Correctional Educators Board for the past seven years.