Vice President of Community Based Care, Sarasota Family YMCA
Brena is passionate and cares deeply about the kids we are serving. There isn’t any part of this work that she wouldn’t do herself. She is a strong leader, is very supportive and understanding of her team’s needs!
Brena became involved in child welfare in 1989 when she volunteered at a run away shelter for teens. She began to work over nights part time at the shelter through college. After graduating college, she became a family counselor at the shelter until 1996 when she moved to Florida. She was a FSW, CPI, CPIS, OPA, and finally the Circuit 12 Operations Manager for DCF before coming to the YMCA 4 1/2 years ago.
She is currently reading Super Fudge by Judy Blume with her daughter. She loved to read as a child (not emails) and read every Judy Blume book when she was 8 years old.
She loves seeing children achieve permanency and staff achieve satisfaction in the stressful career we have all chosen. She believes she has the most amazing staff and contracted agencies and is so proud of the work we do and honored to be part of the YMCA /SCC.
Thank you for your support and dedication to our staff and families, Brena!