Scott Hansel joined Community Partners of South Florida (CP) as the chief executive officer in June 2017, bringing unique expertise in both building and leading organizations. Scott has extensive senior leadership experience with national healthcare corporations, small businesses, and start-up enterprises. As an entrepreneur, Scott has developed several new businesses from concept to nationally-recognized best practice levels. Since 2011, he has been a strong supporter of the life-changing work of CP on a financial and volunteer basis.
An excellent listener, creative thinker, and visionary, Scott is a highly collaborative and contemplative leader. He holds a Master of Business Administration from Bellarmine University and a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Kentucky. In 2011, he became founder and managing member of Laguna Gardens, providing consulting on operations management, strategic design and implementation, business and organizational development, and executive performance enhancement.
A member of Leadership Palm Beach County’s Engage Class of 2018-19, Scott has shared his professional experience and talents in a number of capacities with several local nonprofits including Providencia WPB, UniverCity, Circles USA, Palm Beach Atlantic University, and the Unicorn Children’s Foundation. Scott has served as a member of the board of directors of multiple organizations including the Merton Institute for Contemplative Living, and he has spent several years developing a methodology for contemplative leadership, such as the curriculum for Spiritually Aware Leadership Training (S.A.L.T., Inc.). Originally from southeastern Kentucky, Scott, his wife, Robin, and their college-aged son have called Palm Beach County home for the past 15 years. Rarely one to sit still long, Scott loves to be outside and enjoys running, cycling, swimming, fishing, and golfing.
Pattie Bremekamp joined CP in January 2006 as director of human resources prior to becoming our chief operating officer in January 2008 and serving four months as an interim chief executive officer until June 2017. As our chief operating officer, Pattie manages CP's internal operations including implementation of our strategic plan throughout all service areas and programs to assure the achievement of our goals and outcomes.
A creative and innovative leader with a background rich in nonprofit and private sector experience, Pattie earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Marketing from Sacred Heart College. Over the years, her career path has encompassed interesting roles such as graphic artist, marketing analyst, event planner, primary school teacher, book and coffee shop owner, and a director at a residential treatment center.
Born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, Pattie came to Florida in 1987. She says she loves collaborating with the dedicated people at CP and the opportunity her position provides her to learn and fail and learn some more. She describes herself as a dog-and-cat person who loves reading books and bingeing on Netflix, National Public Radio, and brunch.
Gregory Demetriades joined CP in February 2006 as our chief financial officer. Prior to that time, he served other local nonprofits in key leadership roles including as chief financial officer at both The Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County and at the Perry Institute for Marine Science as well as business manager/deputy director of the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches.
Gregory brings strong organizational skills and experiences in diversified financial activities and general management, combined with extensive computer knowledge to his role at CP. Gregory holds a Master of Business Administration from Palm Beach Atlantic University and a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Originally from the Mediterranean island of Cyprus, Gregory moved from New York to Florida in 1989. Highly dedicated to a life of community service, Gregory is one of the original founders of the Nonprofit Financial Management Network. An active member of the Leadership Palm Beach County’s (LPBC) Engage Class of 2000, he has served LPBC since then in a number of key volunteer leadership roles including as a member of the board of governors as well as a member of the Leadership Excellence awards, finance and audit committees. Gregory and his wife M.J. enjoy music, traveling, and spending time with their two dogs.
Lynda Charles started with CP in September 2016 as the vice president of housing services. She has served as a planner with Palm Beach County Housing and Community Development, a senior program officer and chief underwriter for the South Florida Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the principal creator of Neighborhood-Based Developers and Consultants, and as the deputy director of the Haitian American Community Development Corporation in Miami.
With an ability to effectively and creatively shift her professional mindset, Lynda oversees CP's homeownership promotion and preservation, financial capability, supportive housing, and lending services. Lynda has decades of extensive experience in planning, monitoring, supervising, and implementing housing and community redevelopment projects. Her expertise includes working with and providing technical assistance to Community Development Corporations (CDCs) and Community Housing Development Organizations (CHDOs). Lynda holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from Florida Atlantic University (FAU).
Originally from Haiti, Lynda speaks fluent Creole and conversational French. She moved to Miami almost 30 years ago and later relocated to Boca Raton to attend FAU. She says she loves the team atmosphere that she and her housing staff have been able to create at CP In her spare time, Lynda enjoys traveling, reading, and watching lots of exciting police shows on television.
Jaime-Lee Brown joined CP first as director of BRIDGES at Highland in July 2009 and then became vice president of community services in October 2014. Jaime worked before that as a case manager and after-school director for Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches and as a consultant for the Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County.
Through community building, stabilization, and engagement, Jaime has cultivated strong relationships with several of our organization’s local and national partners including NeighborWorks America, where she serves on the Community Initiatives Advisory Council and Everyday Democracy, where she manages CP’s anchor relationship designed to help build capacity and engage communities in creating positive change. Jaime received her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of North Florida.
Originally from Barbados, Jaime moved to Palm Beach County in 1997. An outspoken advocate of CP's mission, she has organized Community Impact Measurement surveys in the Tropical Ridge neighborhood of Lake Worth since 2011 to partner with residents and ensure they have a voice in the planning of the programs and projects that in their community. She is a 2011 graduate of the Nonprofits First Rising Leaders program and has hosted multiple leadership conferences and public speaking engagements. Jaime enjoys time with her family both locally and abroad.
Yasmin Mendoza joined CP as the vice president of child and family mental health services in December 2018. Yasmin brings 18 years of professional experience including being a Florida-licensed mental health counselor and a certified child welfare case manager supervisor. She has held senior leadership positions in a number of local organizations both in Broward and Palm Beach Counties including program performance officer for Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, director of youth services for ChildNet, and director of program operations for Children’s Home Society.
An innovative manager and leader, Yasmin has extensive experience in business operation, program management, budget analysis/management, social service, clinical supervision, and strategic planning. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Math from the University of Miami, a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from St. Thomas University, and a Master of Executive Business Administration from Florida International University.
Originally from Manila, Philippines, Yasmin is also a current a member of the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the Keiser University Psychology Advisory Board, and a previous member of the Criminal Keiser University Justice Advisory Board. In addition, Yasmin spends her time playing organized sports.