Executive Team

Scott Spangler, MSW - President and Chief Executive Officer

Scott Spangler Scott Spangler, MSW, became President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) in March 2014, assuming leadership of one of the nation’s most reputable therapeutic foster care and child and family service organizations. Scott joined SAFY in February 2013 as its Chief Operating Officer, and was appointed Interim CEO in September 2013.

As President and CEO, Scott works with the Board of Directors to establish a strategic plan to advance the mission of SAFY. He guides the organization’s leadership in implementing these strategies and increasing the impact the agency has on the permanency, safety and well-being of families and their children.

Before his leadership roles at SAFY, Scott served as the Vice President of Strategic Expansion and Community-Based Services at Pressley Ridge. During his tenure there, he led processes to develop a mission-based strategic plan. He was responsible for the oversight and management of more than $24 million in community-based services.

Throughout his career, Scott served as the CEO of three prominent nonprofit organizations and managed a wide range of community-based programs and services. He successfully orchestrated a corporate integration creating a newly-formed organization where he significantly expanded intensive in-home programs and school-based mental health services.

Scott brings SAFY an extensive background in not-for-profit human services, dedicating the past 20 years of his career to leading organizations committed to preserving families and building better futures for children and adults.

He is active in many programs and professional associations involving children and families, including the Alliance for Children and Families. His political aptitude and drive to perform have established him as a respected and valued leader in the child welfare industry.

Scott holds of Bachelor’s Degree from Thiel College. He earned his Master of Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Social Work.


Norman Pfaadt - Chief Financial Officer

Norman Pfaadt Norman joined SAFY in 2012 as the Senior Vice President of Finance. As part of the Executive Leadership Team, he is responsible for the financial liability of the organization and manages a plan of internal controls which ensure compliance with corporate accounting functions, financial agreements and auditing standards. Norman develops and controls fiscal policies to comply with all regulatory and contractual requirements, and oversees a system of internal controls to protect corporate assets.

Prior to joining SAFY, Norman served as founder and principal consultant for The Bluegrass Group, LLC, where he managed fiscal projects for a $1.6 billion privately held national healthcare and human services company. Throughout his career he has managed budgets as large as $450 million and developed revenue recognition policies related to Medicare services.

Norman holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Economics and Business Administration from Bellarmine University.


Rusty Alexander, MBA - Chief Growth & Strategy Officer

Rusty Alexander Rusty Alexander joined SAFY in 2001 as the Director of Contracts. Rusty was promoted to the Senior Vice-President of Business Development in 2007, and became Senior Vice President of Growth and Strategy in 2012. Rusty is responsible for spearheading the foster care agency’s efforts to identify and pursue new business opportunities. Rusty also supervises contracts, public relations and marketing efforts.

In his previous position as the Director of Contracts, Rusty was instrumental in effectively negotiating contracts with county child placement agencies. He also assisted in the development of new programs implemented throughout eight states.

Rusty brings with him ten years of experience in social services. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree and Master of Business Administration degree from Indiana University.


Barbara Utrup, PHR - Chief Human Resource Officer

Barb Utrup Barb joined the SAFY organization in 2000 as a Staff Recruiter. In 2008 she was promoted to the Director of Personnel and became the Director of Human Resources in 2009. She was promoted to Vice President of Human Resources in 2011 and became Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Training in 2012.

In her current position, Barb is responsible for managing company HR functions including compensation, benefits, recruitment, employee recognition, legal and regulatory compliance and personnel policy. In addition, she oversees new hire orientation and ongoing training, staff training and development, and ensures training compliance with state standards. She also assists in the development and execution of organizational goals and strategies.

Barb graduated from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, and received her PHR certification in 2010.


Jim Sherman, MA, LPC - Senior Vice President of Administrative Services

Jim Sherman Jim joined SAFY in June of 2009 as the Vice-President of Quality Improvement. In 2012, he was named Senior Vice President of Administrative Services. Jim is responsible for implementing the organization’s multi-phase Performance and Quality Improvement Plan and ensuring compliance with COA (Council on Accreditation) requirements, state regulations, contracts and licensing entities.

Jim has over 35 years of professional clinical and administrative experience in the behavioral healthcare field, with particular focus on development and management of specialized programs for children, youth and families.

Jim has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Dayton, and a Masters degree in Mental Health Administration from Antioch University. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Ohio.


Marc Bloomingdale, M.S. - Vice President of Operations

Marc Bloomingdale Marc Bloomingdale was named Vice President of Operations at SAFY in 2013. In this position, he is responsible for the implementation and coordination of operational policies and programs enabling the organization to provide multi-site continuum of care services in the child welfare youth and juvenile justice industries. He oversees operations in Oklahoma and Texas.

Marc has a 27 year history of clinical and administrative experience in the child welfare field where he served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Service Society of Western Pennsylvania. In this role, he managed an annual budget of $7.5 million and directed 15 diverse human service programs. He also served as the Vice President of Community Services with Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio, where he directed, developed and implemented a variety of human service programs and managed several initiatives to ensure quality and budgetary performance.

As the Acting Chief Executive Officer of Lutheran Social Services of Kansas and Oklahoma Inc., Marc led organizational business activities ensuring effective, ongoing program activities and sound long-term development. He established business and strategic plans to eliminate financial deficits and implemented financial and operational assessments including program quality and cash flow needs. His clinical and business expertise in implementing and advancing youth and family service programs positions SAFY’s Southwest Region as a leader in the child welfare community-based care industry.

Marc earned a Master of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Iowa State University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Truman State University.


Jane Wintz, LISW-S - Vice President of Operations

Jane Wintz Jane Wintz was named Vice President of Operations at SAFY in 2013. In this position, she is responsible for the implementation and coordination of operational policies and programs enabling the organization to provide multi-site continuum of care services in the child welfare and juvenile justice industries. She oversees operations in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.

Jane is an established leader in the child welfare industry with more than 17 years’ experience working with children and families in community-based and in-home settings. Prior to joining SAFY, she held leadership positions at Pressley Ridge providing strategic direction to more than 28 programs as the Executive Director of Pennsylvania, and developing and advancing community-based and residential programs as the organization’s Senior Director of Treatment Foster Care.

Jane serves as Vice Chairperson for the Executive Leadership Institute Alumni Board through the Alliance for Children and Families. In 2005, she was awarded the President’s Entrepreneurial Leadership Award for excellence in program growth and sustainability. She was named the Catherine McAuley Alumni Award recipient for community and professional involvement in 2006. She earned her Baccalaureate degree in Social Work from St. Louis University and her Masters in Social Work at the University of Cincinnati.


John Hollenkamp, CPA - Vice President of Contracts and Procurement

John Hollenkamp

John T. Hollenkamp joined SAFY in January 2005 and currently serves as the organization’s Vice President of Contracts and Procurement. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, he drafts and negotiates contracts, compiling complex electronic proforma reports and executive summaries based on proposed rate changes and financial forecasts. John is responsible for the implementation of improved procurement policies and procedures across the organization, utilizing sound financial practices to safeguard the organization’s assets.

Prior to joining SAFY, John managed financial controls for several non-profit organizations including Saint Mary’s College, Sisters of the Holy Cross, and Lutheran Social Services of Michigan.

John graduated from the University of Detroit magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and Finance. He is a Certified Public Accountant.