Our Team

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Mr. Brent McLaughlin

Chief Executive Officer

Brent McLaughlin has served as the CEO of Branches since 2001. Mr. McLaughlin came to Branches with an extensive background in non-profit management as well as experience in grassroots community development work. Mr. McLaughlin and his wife spent three years living in rural Haiti with the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) serving as agricultural extension workers.

Currently, Mr. McLaughlin is a member of Coral Gables United Methodist Church (UMC) and serves on the Staff Parish Relations Committee. He also serves on the Outreach Ministries Committee of the Florida Conference UMC. Mr. McLaughlin is also a current Board Member of Chapman Partnership, as well as the Board Chair of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program and Board Chair of FRIEND long term disaster recovery group in Miami-Dade County. Mr. McLaughlin and his wife Karen are loving parents to three children, Josiah, Sierra and Keenan. For the past 10 years, Mr. McLaughlin has served as the Head Coach of the Cross Country Team at Doctors Charter School of Miami Shores. Mr. McLaughlin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from Illinois Wesleyan University, a Master of Divinity degree from Asbury Theological Seminary and a Master of Business Administration from Barry University.

Most recently, Mr. McLaughlin was honored by United Way of Miami-Dade with the prestigious 2019 Monsignor Walsh Outstanding Human Services Professional Award which recognizes a human services professional who has dedicated his or her career to helping others.

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Janine Barzyk

VP of Finance

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Isabelle Pike

Senior VP of Development

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Kim Torres

Senior VP

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Karla Bachmann

VP of Financial Wellness

Board of Directors


Rodney H. Bell


Ed Deppman


James E. Morgan, III

Vice Chair

Laurie Zapletal



Rick Alfonso

Amaka Amalu

Greg Ault

Kristopher E. Aungst

Mary Ann Cruz

Jack Edwards

Desiree Fernandez

Dr. Tina Furniss-Roe Ph.D.

Scott Howard

Timothy Iszler

Carl Lee

Maria Molina

Richard Morgan

Florencia Olivera

Robert Onsgard

Jason Randolph

Nidia Ruiz

Hanai Sablich

Marian M. Smith

Jennifer Villarreal

Rev. Dr. Audrey Warren

Rev. Dr. Cynthia D. Weems

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