Community Partners Senior Leadership:

A Vision for Changing the Odds

 

Along with the entire staff of Community Partners, the Senior Leadership Team is passionately engaged in the business and strategy of Changing the Odds in Palm Beach County's highest-needs communities. Tireless and dedicated, this core group works to ensure that client well-being and expert service delivery are the highest priority in programming.

 

Officers:

Patrick McNamara, President & CEO

A passionate advocate of affordable housing, mental health and disability issues, Pat earned his B.S in psychology from Franciscan University, his Masters in Social Work from Tulane University and joined Community Partners in 1999 as Director of Support Housing.

A licensed clinical social worker with twelve years of management experience, Pat's role and responsibilities evolved and in 2007, he became CEO of the organization. In addition to his role as CEO and leading the Senior Leadership Team, Pat is also a board member of the National NeighborWorks Association and the Florida Community Loan Fund.

An alumnus of Leadership Palm Beach County, Pat was awarded the illustrious Leadership Excellence Award in 2013. He is a Saints fan (Who Dat!), a voracious reader and the proud father of three beautiful children.

 

Gregory Demetriades, Chief Financial Officer

Gregory Demetriades has been with Community Partners since 2006 and during his time as Chief Financial Officer, he has been an integral part of its exponential growth and success.

In his role as CFO, he has developed and refined internal controls and processes, and  implemented new budgeting methodologies that have helped to better control and administer the limited resources  of the organization. Gregory has also helmed various other departments in the organization. Currently, he oversees both the IT and accounting departments and is responsible for contracts and asset management.

Gregory received his undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his MBA from Palm Beach Atlantic University. He has devoted his professional life to the financial management of non-profit organizations, and has worked for several local non-profit organizations including the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches (Palm Beach Zoo), the Legal Aid Society of the Palm Beaches, and the Perry Institute for Marine Science.

Gregory is also deeply involved in the community.  He has served on various non-profit governing boards as well as on several community committees, and counsels other non-profit organizations on financial, administrative and procedural matters. Dedicated to the vision and goals of Community Partners, Gregory is passionate about his work at CFO. As he says himself, “No money, no mission.”

 

Patricia Bremekamp, Chief Operations Officer

Pattie Bremekamp has been with Community Partners for eight years and during her time with the organization, her role has grown and changed substantially. A certified HR professional with a degree in Business Administration and 15 years of experience in the field, Pattie was initially hired as the Director of Human Resources and in 2007; she was promoted to Operations Manager.

Five years later, her role was expanded to Chief Operating Officer where she provides oversight to Human Resources, Quality Improvement, Contract and Data Management. Her primary focus is to create a unified culture that is performance focused, data-driven and fun and she believes that this can be accomplished by helping staff connect their day to day duties with the mission and strategic vision of the organization.

A mother of three, Pattie lives in Hobe Sound with her husband and three much-beloved rescue dogs. She enjoys reading, writing, drawing, kayaking and is a semi-professional shopper with big dreams to one day go pro.

 

Jessica Parrish, Vice President of Housing Services

Jessica Parrish is the Vice President of Housing Services for Community Partners. She is responsible for all housing functions within the organization including, but not limited to, Supportive Housing, Homeownership, Foreclosure Prevention and Lending.

Jessica joined CP in 2011 as the Director of Space & Treasure Coast Housing Services managing the housing services covering Brevard to Martin County. Prior to joining CP she worked in the public sector for six years.

Jessica has a masters degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University and a bachelor’s degree in Advertising from the University of Florida (Go Gators!). Jessica is also a graduate of Leadership St. Lucie Class of 27.

 

Jaime-Lee A. Brown, Vice President of Community Services

Jaime-Lee Brown is the Vice President of Community Services for Community Partners. She is responsible for all community programs including, but not limited to, BRIDGES, Mentoring, Teen Outreach Program, Youth Enrichment Academies, and Safe Kids.

Jaime joined CP in 2009 as the Director of BRIDGES at Highland, a nationally recognized early childhood community school that became the pilot for the present county-wide BRIDGES initiative. Prior to joining CP she worked in juvenile justice, after-school, and individual stabilization programs.

Jaime studied Criminal Justice and Psychology at the University of North Florida. Jaime is also a graduate of Rising Leadership of Palm Beach County, class of 2011.

 

Sally Laws, Vice President of Child and Family Mental Health Services

Sally Laws is the Vice President of Child and Family Mental Health Services and has been with Community Partners since 2015.

Born in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Sally graduated Cum Laude with a BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from James Madison University in Virginia and went on to earn her Masters in Social Work at the University of Georgia in 1991.

Since then, she has worked at a variety of non-profit organizations including serving as the program specialist at the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, a 12-year stint at Family Central where she started as Director of the Family Support Services Department and worked her way up to Vice President of Palm Beach operations and most recently, as director of service coordination at ChildNet.

A resident of West Palm Beach since 1997, Sally is a true Southerner who appreciates SEC football (Roll Tide!) and real BBQ and enjoys spending her free time teaching Sunday School and serving a Girl Scout Troop Leader.