As Cribs for Kids’ Director of Program Development, Bridget Gaussa is the ultimate multi-tasker. Overseeing all programs and leading up marketing efforts are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to all that Bridget has accomplished with us in the past 2 1/2 years. Personally driven by our mission, Bridget goes above and beyond every single day. She even proved herself a genuine TV personality when she starred in Lifetime’s Designing Spaces on behalf of Cribs for Kids. Bridget appeared on an episode dedicated to decorating a baby’s nursery and demonstrated the importance of decorating the room and not the crib. Bridget is described by her co-workers as cheerful, smart and generous. Mention has also been made of her infectious laugh that brightens up the office every day. Bridget had been volunteering for Cribs for Kids since 1992. As a volunteer, Bridget spent countless hours wrapping gifts at our gift wrap booth, selling Entertainment books, anything that she could do to help. Bridget was working as a property manager and was responsible for helping to manage the acquisition and renovation of our new headquarters in Hazelwood, Pa. As the manager of our property, we were able to get to know her as a professional and realized how much we would benefit from her being a part of our organization. It seems that sometimes what is meant to be has been there in front of your eyes all along.
What is the best thing about your job?
The people are by far the best thing about my job
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?
Folding clothing and laundry. My days working retail while I was in school has made me a fanatic about how clothing should be folded.
What are some small things that make your day better?
Fresh coffee in the morning, reading a good book, the puppies meeting me at the door when I get home from work. They have unconditional love and are so excited to see me every day when I walk in the door.
What could you give a 40-minute presentation on with absolutely no preparation?
Maintaining or straightening curly hair, make-up, environmental issues, travel. I could talk endlessly about any of these issues.
Where is the most interesting place you’ve been?
Cabbage Key Florida. My Dad would take me there on the boat when I was younger. There were only a single restaurant and some shower facilities for boaters on the island at the time. The restaurant had a limited menu and served hamburgers and cheeseburgers only. I was told that Cabbage Key inspired the Jimmy Buffett Cheeseburger in Paradise song!
Why did you decide to do the work you are doing now?
Since my brother died when I was 12 from what was deemed SIDS I always wanted to do whatever I could to stop the same thing from happening to any other family.
I want to make a difference in the world and feel as though I am working for a cause and not a company. Seeing how passionate Judy is about the cause and the difference she has made in reducing the infant mortality rates with her work at C4K inspires me and confirms that I am working for a great cause.
What are three interesting facts about you?
My first job was at a flower shop, my children are only 9 months and 2 days apart and I just got married this past December!
What’s your “Back in my day, we…”?
-had to get up to turn the television station!
What kinds of things do you like to cook or are good at cooking?
I love baking cakes and cookies. I also love making spaghetti sauce.
What brand are you most loyal to?
Dansko shoes – The shoes are like putting butter on your feet and are made by an employee-owned, environmentally friendly company.
What’s the most recent show you’ve binge-watched?
Stranger Things with my son, Ricky
What qualities do all your friends have in common?
A sense of humor is a requirement!
What elements of pop culture will be forever tied in your mind to your childhood?
Mr. Rogers Neighborhood and Morgan Freeman on the Electric Company
What is something that your friends would consider “so you”?
I eat brownies for breakfast!