Leadership Team

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMr. Brent McLaughlin, Executive Director

Brent McLaughlin has served as the Executive Director 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
Director of Finance
Isabelle Pike
Director of Development
Kim Torres,
Director of
Student Services
Karla Bachmann,
Director of
Financial Wellness