Our Vision

Bridges International seeks to help international students in the City from all countries and backgrounds adjust to some of the unique challenges of living internationally and in New York City. A few of the things we offer are social networking events and opportunities to meet other international students in the city as well as American students, sightseeing opportunities both in and outside the city, excursions, holiday parties, and leadership training.

Because Bridges International is also a Christian organization, we also offer spiritual resources as well – you  can join a small group of students to read and discuss the Bible for the first time, meet with someone one-on-one to discuss or ask questions you may have about God, or if you’re a Christian, connect with others who want to grow in their faith. Our hope is to create a safe place for students to ask questions, learn, and explore Christianity while you are studying here in New York City.

Meet the Team

Alyson Niemann

Alyson graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Marketing. After graduating from college she worked in Russia for eight years. She loves explore New York and eat great food from all over the world. She is a mother of two and works as the National Field Director for Bridges International.

Kevin Niemann

Kevin graduated from Texas A&M University in 1995 where he studied speech communication and Spanish. Since graduation, Kevin has worked in campus ministry around the world including in Texas and Russia. Kevin and his family returned to the Texas in 2009 to work with Bridges International. After three years in Texas, Kevin and his wife (Alyson) began to miss life in the city and decided to move to New York to help with the needs of international students here in the greatest city in the world. In 2014, Kevin finished his Master of Arts in Theological Studies from Covenant Seminary. Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife, discovering new cultures, hanging out with his two children (Elyse and Joshua), and biking around the city.

Matt Pursley

Matt graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University in North Carolina where he studied Biology and Spanish. After graduating, he married his now wife (Sabrina) and moved to New York City to begin working with university students. Matt loves the city and more specifically loves the diversity in it. He loves working with international students and navigating the difficult waters of studies, friendships and spirituality.

Sabrina Pursley
Sabrina graduated from Lenoir-Ryne University in North Carolina where she studied Sociology and Psychology. Sabrina married her now husband (Matt) after graduation and moved to New York City in 2013 to work with university students. Sabrina never dreamed of living in the Big Apple, but when God called her and Matt to the city her heart began to fall in love with this place! Sabrina and Matt have a daughter, Hazel, and are expecting their second daughter December 2016.
Michaela Millender

Michaela graduated from the University of Oklahoma where she studied International Studies and Italian. During her time in university she spent time living in Italy as a student and a translator for the local city hall. Originally from Dallas, deep down in her heart she is still a Texan. Michaela loves New York City because of its diversity and breadth of international culture and it is why she’s chosen to live and work (and eat!) there.

Carson Millender

Carson graduated from TCU in 2010 where he studied accounting. Since graduation, he worked for an accounting firm for a few years before deciding to leave and join Bridges to work with university students in Texas. After being there for a few years, he got married to Michaela and they both decided to move to New York City and be a part of the great things going on here. He loves to explore and is excited for all that NYC has to offer.

Jordan Merkle

Jordan is a graduate of Campbell University where he studied Political Science. After graduating he moved abroad for several years to study language and culture while working with NGOs committed to educational development. Living in several countries in Central Asia and the Middle East has given him a unique perspective that shapes his love for working with international students. In 2013 He began working with Bridges International in Denver, Colorado. In 2017 he married his awesome wife Dolly and moved to NYC.