Nearly 200 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 of Development & The Village, Transitional Housing Program Operations
Mrs. Dearth is a communications and development specialist with more than 20 years’ of 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, Mrs. Dearth 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 has a Bachelor of Arts in Legal Studies and Masters Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. She currently leads efforts at IMPOWER related to fundraising, new program development, marketing, communications, and independent living.
Kelly Welch, M.S., Vice President of Quality & Child Well-Being Operations
Mrs. Welch has more than 15 years experience in the social services field working with children and families in a variety of settings to include child welfare, case management, training, and quality management. She holds four child welfare certifications through The Florida Certification Board and is a Child Welfare Investigator, Child Welfare Supervisor, Child Welfare Trainer and a Child Welfare Specialist II. She is further certified by the Agency for Healthcare Administration in Targeted Case Management and a DCF certified QA Reviewer and Second Party Reviewer. She has participated in numerous local and statewide Q.A. reviews and she has a passion for ensuring quality in casework and making a difference in the lives of families and children in need.
Mrs. Welch is a member of the National Organization for Victims Assistance and the Florida Crisis Response Team. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Central Florida and a Masters in Psychology from Walden University with a specialization in child and adolescent psychology.
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.
Judith Burke, SPHR, Vice President of Human Resources
Judy, a born and raised Cornhusker from eastern Nebraska, moved to Central Florida with her young family over 25 years ago and joined IMPOWER in 2013. Judy earned her BA from Creighton University in Omaha and a Master’s Degree from Webster University in 1996 in Human Resources Development and Management. She has held SPHR certification since 2000 with 25 years’ experience in professional human resources.
Her career has focused on HR in health care with experience in home health care administration with Kelly Services, her own private consulting firm in child and adolescent psychiatric/behavioral referral and most recently for 10 years in Lake County with Sunrise ARC as HR Director and COO and teaches HR online with the University of Phoenix online.