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), the District Leadership Committee of the SE District and a member of the Justice and Outreach Ministries Board of the Florida Conference of the UMC. Mr. McLaughlin is also a current Board Member of the Chapman Partnership, as well as the Board Vice Chair of the Emergency Food and Shelter Program. Mr. McLaughlin and his wife Karen are loving parents to their three children, Josiah, Sierra and Keenan. Mr. McLaughlin even served as Head Coach for his son’s Cross Country Team at Doctors Charter School and is a founding board member of the Friends of Miami Shores Elementary School. Mr. McLaughlin holds a Masters of Divinity and a Masters in Business Administration.

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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 Services