Who We Are
As noted in various news reports, Bridge Builders is a registered Section 501(c)(3) non-profit foundation operated by local community leaders, business leaders, and concerned citizens who share the goal of ensuring that students attending Roosevelt Cluster schools strive for and achieve excellence in their academic, social, and professional endeavors. Bridge Builders was founded in 2015 by a group of former Roosevelt High School student-athletes, including Cory Bennett, who attended The University of Oklahoma on a football scholarship, James Carlos McFall, who attended Stanford University on a football scholarship, and Darnell Barnes, who attended Southeastern Oklahoma State University on a football scholarship, as well as numerous community leaders, including former Windcrest Mayor Alan Baxter, Windcrest EDC Member Colonel Sue Alexander, and former Roosevelt High School Football Coach Glen Hill, just to name a few.
Since its founding, Bridge Builders has hosted various events featuring well-known athletes, community leaders, and business leaders who support the organization goals. For example, in 2016, Bridge Builders, along with Play Now Enterprise, a Dallas-based production company owned by former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Greg Ellis, sponsored a special screening of the movie to a select group of Roosevelt students and community leaders at Rackspace. The organization has also raised and donated thousands of dollars in funds and supplies for the benefit of Roosevelt Cluster schools and students. Most recently, during the 2018 winter break, members of the Bridge Builders board and community volunteers delivered frozen turkeys, hams, and canned goods to 200 economically challenged San Antonio families to ensure that the families had the food they needed for a holiday meal.
James Carlos McFall
James Carlos McFall is a trial lawyer with Jackson Walker LLP. His practice focuses on media, sports, entertainment, and complex commercial litigation. Prior to attending Stanford University on a full athletic scholarship, he was the quarterback for Roosevelt High School’s football team and a National Honor Society officer. He is a founding member of Bridge Builders. He served as the President of the Board from 2019 – 2021, and currently serves as the Co-Secretary.
- Sue Alexander, Col, USA,(RET) – Served 28 years.
- Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts and post graduate studies.
- Graduate Army Command and General Staff College
- Equal Employment & Opportunity Officer.
- Lead Internal Review Auditor.
- Battalion Commander, 328th P&A BN.
- Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel.
- Public School Teacher, Counselor, Administator.
- President of Windcrest Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) 3 years and Board Member 8 years.
- President of Water District Board 5 years and Board Member 7 years.
Johnathan Smith is a Roosevelt High School graduate of 2004. He was a member of the football and track team. He studied and played football at McPherson College in Kansas. He is a teacher/coach at McCollum High School.