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The Oakridge School Expands Communications and Community Engagement Focus with Two New Hires   
Posted 12/08/2017 02:57PM

Bridget Lewis
Director of Marketing and Communications

Nadia DiStefano
Community Engagement Coordinator


The Oakridge School has welcomed two Arlington leaders to its team.  Bridget Lewis joins as Director of Marketing and Communications, and Nadia DiStefano will serve as Community Engagement Coordinator. Both individuals bring a diversity of experience and talent vital to broadening stakeholder engagement locally, nationally, and internationally.

"I am confident that Mrs. Lewis and Mrs. DiStefano will more strategically communicate our mission and vision, while articulating our school's unique history and evolving story of community, quality and sustainability," said Head of School Jon Kellam.

Bridget Lewis joins The Oakridge School after a successful career in journalism, higher education and small business. She serves as CEO and Founder of Mouthpiece Communications, a public relations consultancy. Previously, she served as Assistant Director for Media Relations at the University of Texas at Arlington providing communications support for the administration, top-ranked academic programs, high-profile events, and faculty, staff and student research. Before joining UTA, she served nearly 20 years in the television news industry at top-rated stations such as WSB/ABC 2 (Atlanta, GA), KWTV/CBS 9 (Oklahoma City) and WFAA/ABC 8 (Dallas), where her news producing earned two regional Emmy Awards.   

The native Texan holds a BJ in Broadcasting and MA in Journalism from the University of Nebraska. She is a Leadership Arlington alumna, member of the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and Nebraska Chancellor's Alumni Advisory Council. She and her husband, Reginald, are parents to an Oakridge sixth grader.     

"In just a few years, my daughter will be off to college and I am confident that she will excel because of how Oakridge inspires and equips her to conquer challenges and to seek her fullest potential academically and personally," said Mrs. Lewis. "I want that gift for every child, and to be able to share with others all that Oakridge provides – from my perspective as a parent and now staff member - is both a pleasure and responsibility for which I am thankful."

Nadia DiStefano joins The Oakridge School from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington where she most recently served as Senior Director of Resource Development. Passionate about non-profit development, DiStefano has also served as Director of Public Relations for The Women's Center of Tarrant County. She earned a BA in Communications and Anthropology from Southwestern University, and MA of Social Work from Texas Christian University.

Mrs. DiStefano is proud to have been born and raised in Arlington. She is currently raising her young family near campus with husband and Oakridge alumnus Michael DiStefano '05.

"I am excited to see how this new position can elevate The Oakridge School through strategic connections with the community," DiStefano said. "When anyone walks through our halls, it is clear we are a special and unique place. We are giving young people the skills they need to pursue their individual passions, think critically, and grow to be the leaders we need in our global community. It is a true honor to share the story of our impact with others."

About The Oakridge School

Established in 1979, The Oakridge School is a coeducational, college preparatory school for students in preschool through grade 12. The school draws a diverse student body from 37 area cities and 19 countries to a dynamic learning environment on a 100-acre campus in Arlington. The Oakridge School mission is to inspire students to seek their full potential in academics, the arts, and athletics in a challenging and nurturing environment that cultivates social responsibility, mutual respect, and personal integrity. Oakridge was named the 2016 Spotlight School by the Lausanne Learning Institute as recognition for its campuswide innovative instruction. To learn more about The Oakridge School, visit www.theoakridgeschool.org.

 

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