Our Team

Mr. Brent McLaughlin

President & CEO

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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Kim Torres

Senior VP

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Isabelle Pike

Senior VP of Development

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Karla Bachmann

VP of Financial Wellness

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Julimar Soto

Associate Director of Finance

Board of Directors


Rodney H. Bell – Chair

Retired, Holland & Knight LLP

Ed Deppman – Treasurer

Gerson Preston Robinson

James E. Morgan, III – Vice Chair

Retired, Squire Patton Boggs LLP

Laurie Zapletal – Secretary

First Citizens Bank


Rick Alfonso

US Century Bank

Amaka Amalu


Kristopher E. Aungst

Paragon Law

Jeannette Coto Dou

Celebrity Cruises

Mary Ann Cruz

Amerant Bank

Jack Edwards


Desiree Fernandez

Guardian ad Litem

Alex Fraser

Smart Merchant Processing

Dr. Tina Furniss-Roe Ph.D.


Jay Hall


Scott Howard

Denver Nuggets

Timothy Iszler

Crowe LLP

Carl Lee


Dr. Stanley Lynch


Maria Molina

Coastal Construction

Richard Morgan

Banyan Health

Florencia Olivera

Florida Power & Light

Jason Randolph

One Lifestyle Management/Service One Miami

Nidia Ruiz

First Horizon Bank

Hanai Sablich

Regions Bank

Marian M. Smith

Retired, CareerSource South Florida

Jeanette Stone

South Miami Hospital

TJ Villamil

Enterprise Florida

Jennifer Villarreal


Rev. Dr. Audrey Warren

First United Methodist Church of Miami

Rev. Dr. Cynthia D. Weems

South East District, United Methodist Church

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