Nearly 175 dedicated staff ensure that IMPOWER continues to provide the highest level of service to the individuals and families we serve, as well as provide our partners with the resources necessary for them to support our programs and services.
Our Executive Management Staff includes:
Anna M. Baznik, President/CEO
Ms. Baznik has over 25 years of experience leading, managing and working within a wide range of social service and behavioral health programs for large, multi-program, non-profit and public sector entities delivering bottom-line results, efficient systems and strong community relations. During her time with IMPOWER, she has ensured the financial stability of the agency during tumultuous economic times; enhanced visibility and involvement in the Central Florida community and the state; improved quality assurance programs; and greatly expanded our funding sources and relationships.
Ms. Baznik has her BA in psychology, Sociology and Religious Studies from Eckerd College. She obtained a Masters in Organizational Management from the University of Phoenix.
Isabel Velasquez, Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Velasquez has over 12 years’ experience in financial and quality management of non-profit organizations with extensive knowledge of child welfare, behavioral health, developmental disabilities and grant programs. She has an extensive knowledge base of clinical and tasks to include residential, outpatient, and therapeutic programs. Ms. Velasquez’s financial auditing knowledge has helped Intervention Services, Inc. mitigate financial risks to the agency and stabilize financial diversity for continued agency growth.
Ms. Velasquez has a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree in Business Administration from University of Phoenix. In addition, she is passionate about helping others succeed and is a certified FDIC trainer, teaching financial courses to the individuals through a community partnership program.
Marcie Dearth, Vice President External Relations
Mrs. Dearth is a communications and development specialist with more than 20 years’ of leadership experience in marketing, fundraising and child advocacy experience. For over two decades she has worked in the nonprofit and government sectors focused on helping children and families. She began her career at the State Attorney’s Office – 9th Judicial Circuit working with child victims of abuse and helping at-risk children as a Guardian ad Litem. Her passion to help those in need led her into fundraising and program development. Throughout her career, she has routinely increased philanthropic support and brand recognition for the organizations she represented, including a more than 200% increase in at IMPOWER in the past 36 months. Mrs. Dearth is responsible for strategic vision and leadership of IMPOWER’s fundraising, new program development, marketing and communications efforts and oversees The Village, Transitional Housing Program.
Mrs. Dearth has a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida.
Amy-Erin Blakely, MBA, Vice President, Behavioral Health Operations
Ms. Blakely has over 25 years of experience in psychiatric, mental health and developmental disabilities services. She has vast experience in operations and business start up and has managed budgets in excess of $75 million with 900 employees, including the oversight of a 130-bed psychiatric hospital. She is recognized for her leadership and keen business skills and specializes in turning around poorly performing businesses and building stronger business to ensure sustainability of organizations.
Ms. Blakely is an expert in telehealth systems and has researched and participated in telehealth program design at a national level. She has BA in Psychology from Stetson University and a Master’s in Business Administration of Health Care Management from The University of Phoenix.
Carla Butts, Director of Human Resources
Ms. Butts joined IMPOWER in 2018
Ernest Jones, Director of Child Well-Being
Ms. Jones has more than 12 years experience in child welfare. He has worked for the Department of Children and Families, where he started his career as a Child Protection Investigator (CPI) and ended as a Program Administrator. He has worked closely with Community Based Care organizations, DCF and Case Management agencies on various projects pertaining to the safety of children and families. He has extensive knowledge and background in child abuse investigations, trauma informed care and safety methodology.
Mr. Jones has a Bachelors Degree in Criminology from Florida State University.
Jessica Hixon, Director of Prevention
Mrs. Hixon has more than 8 years experience working in the field of social services, managing and delivering services to those with mental health diagnoses and those at risk of mental health diagnoses. Her hands-on work experience in the field has helped to develop an authentic and strategic approach in her current role. Her contributions, ability to develop relationships, design effective outreach efforts and deliver results driven programming have led to more than doubling the number of children served in our school based prevention program. Mrs. Hixon is passionate about the delivery of organic and quality services, thus ensuring her teams have hands-on training and continued growth opportunities. Her distinct problem solving skills and attention to detail are two attributes that have led to her operational success.
Ms. Hixon has a Bachelors of Science degree in Criminal Justice from American Intercontinental University.