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.
Jaime-Lee Brown serves as the Chief Strategic Initiatives Officer at Community Partners of South Florida (CP) in Palm Beach County, Florida. She first joined CP as director at a neighborhood resource center, called BRIDGES. Jaime previously worked to support youth engaged in the criminal justice system, as an emergency housing case manager, an after-school director, and as a consultant for a local early childhood funder.
Through community building, stabilization, and engagement, Jaime has cultivated strong relationships with several local, regional, state, 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. In her current role, she oversees CP’s ‘Community Solutions’ consulting services including conference and convening support, rapid results facilitation, implementation of the national Dialogue to Change program, resident and community engagement and leadership efforts, public and private meeting facilitation, and nonprofit incubation services.
Originally from Barbados, Jaime moved to Palm Beach County in 1987. An outspoken advocate of CP's mission, she seeks to engage resident voice in all aspects of programs and projects that impact their community. Jaime received her degrees in Criminal Justice and Psychology from the University of North Florida and is a 2011 graduate of the Nonprofits First Rising Leaders program. Jaime enjoys spending time with her family and friends both locally and abroad.
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.
Ljubica “Jibby” Ciric joined the CP family in May 2006 as a mental health therapist, moving into a senior outpatient therapist supervisory position six years later. After being a supervisor, she created and ran the intake department before becoming director of client outreach services and director of education and innovation. Prior to CP, Jibby worked as a mental health practitioner at Children’s Home Society, Family Preservation Services, Project Recovery, Girls and Boys Town of South Florida, and the Lighthouse Care Center.
Jibby is responsible for the development of a clinical management team that ensures quality services evidenced by impact outcomes and fiscal sustainability. Their evidence-based practices promote the social emotional development of children and families in Palm Beach County and ensure collaboration with other service divisions towards the sustainability of CP families. Originally from Serbia, Jibby ran for the Serbian National Track and Field Team before coming to the U.S. at age 16 and receiving a track scholarship to Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff where she earned both her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion and Public Health Education and her Master of Education in Mental Health counseling. In 2008, she graduated with her Doctor of Psychology from California Southern University in Santa Anna.
A Florida resident for the past 15 years, Jibby says her diverse CP family has taught her about teamwork and has challenged her creatively to think at a higher the level. A 2014 graduate of the Nonprofits First Rising Leaders program, she has volunteered on several local committees including serving as an executive board member of the Palm Beach County Medical Society since 2016 in various roles such as the co-chair of Heroes of Medicine and a member of the Opioid Task Force. Since 2017, she has been an adjunct professor in the masters of mental health counseling program at Palm Beach Atlantic University.
Since 2001, Kelly Powell-Evans has been serving CP as our Safe Kids Coordinator and Program Director. Since January 2020, as Vice President of Community Services, Kelly guides and directs the six Bridges initiatives that CP manages in partnership with Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County. Kelly’s focus will be connecting the child, family and neighborhood to the community at-large.
Kelly has been preventing injuries throughout the state of Florida as well as nationally and internationally in her 20-year role as a National Child Passenger Safety Technician Instructor. Kelly worked closely with the Florida Booster Seat Coalition to pass the booster seat state law. She is a member of the Florida Safe Kids Advisory Board, the Florida Occupant Protection Coalition, the Florida Child Fatality Review Team, and the Florida Injury Prevention Advisory Council’s Public Information, Education and Relations Committee where she’s been instrumental in developing a child passenger safety program for ambulance transportation.
In 2018, Kelly was selected for the Safe Kids Worldwide President’s Advisory Council and currently serves on the Network and Advocacy Team. In 2019, she was selected as the Coordinator of the International Consortium for Children in Autonomous Vehicles, Public Information and Education team to help develop guidance to inform legislation, policy, enforcement, education and best practices and ensure the safety of child passengers. Originally from Midlothian, Virginia, Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education/Fitness from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She has worked with the University of Virginia and the National Tribal Technical Assistance Program as a subject matter expert for motor vehicle injury prevention. She and her husband enjoy travelling and spending time in nature with their young adult daughters.