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Stephen Pennypacker, Esq., joined PSF as President and CEO in April 2014. Mr. Pennypacker has more than 19 years’ experience working in child welfare as an attorney and administrator and most recently served as Assistant Secretary for Programs for the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF.) In this role, his duties included oversight of policy development, rule-making and maintenance of programs for adoptions, domestic violence, foster care, adult protection, homelessness, child care licensing, background screening, federal compliance, federal grants, quality assurance and contract management for Florida’s child protection system. He managed a multi-million dollar budget and worked regularly with the Legislature and the Governor’s office.
Prior to this role, Mr. Pennypacker was the national president for the Interstate Compact for the Placement of Children, served as a Deputy Director for Children’s Legal Services and presided as General Magistrate for the Eighth Judicial Circuit in Florida. He also worked for the Florida State Attorney’s office at the time DCF began to privatize, managed the local pilot project for Children’s Legal Services, and spent 15 years in private practice prior to concentrating his career in child welfare. Mr. Pennypacker is a graduate of P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School and went on to receive a Bachelor’s in Political Science from Duke University. He returned to Gainesville to attend law school at the University of Florida, where he remains an Adjunct Professor today teaching adoption law.
Michael Reneke was named CFO for PSF in 2015. Mr. Reneke joined PSF as a Senior Contract Manager in 2005, becoming Director of Special Services in 2007. He was promoted to Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration in 2010 and added oversight of PSF’s Information Technology, Finance, and Risk Management to his responsibilities in Contract Management and Quality Assurance.
Mr. Reneke’s 22 year work history in children services includes public sector experience as a Senior Public Assistance Specialist and a Grants Analyst with the State of Florida’s Department of Children and Families. He also served with the Agency for Workforce Innovation, where he designed contracting and financial practices and worked extensively with local boards on the design and implementation of their own unique systems. He helped design the audit and monitoring practices still being used by the State of Florida today and conducted audits throughout the state. Mr. Reneke also has experience working with Early Learning Coalitions, collaborating with the Florida Legislature’s Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability, participating in legislative reviews, and working with the Office of the Inspector General. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of West Florida.
Kim Loughe, employed with Partnership for Strong Families since 2004, will serve as IAAME’s Intercountry Adoption Accreditation Director. Ms. Loughe has 24 years working within DCF and the private child mental health and child welfare arenas. Early in her career, Ms. Loughe worked as a Case Manager with a local community mental health provider, working with children in need of psychiatric residential treatment. She began working with the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) in 1988 as a Public Assistance Specialist, progressing to Foster Care Counselor working with children in the dependency system within the foster care unit to address safety, well-being, and permanency, and later served as a Senior Human Service Specialist in the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Program Office. Ms. Loughe is certified by DCF and is a Safety Practice Expert for the Florida Decision Making Methodology and is currently PSF’s Director of Program Quality and Contract Management. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology from the University of Florida.