Shawn Salamida, President and CEO of Partnership for Strong Families (PSF), is responsible for overseeing all facets of the community-based care agency charged with managing child welfare services for North Central Florida. PSF has received state and national recognition for its innovative approaches to foster care services, highlighted by The Library Partnership neighborhood resource center, which in 2010 made the inaugural list of Harvard University's Bright Ideas program. Through a prevention-oriented, family-centered approach, PSF has worked with community partners to reduce the foster care population in the 13-county area by 42% in the last six years.
Salamida also serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Coalition for Children, with member agencies from all across the state. Salamida has also recently served as Board Chair for the Alachua County Children’s Alliance. He serves on several local and state-level committees pertaining to child welfare issues, and has presented workshops on foster care re-design at numerous national conferences.
Salamida has worked in the field of children’s services for 20 years, serving as administrator both in mental health and child welfare settings. Prior to being appointed CEO of PSF in 2008, Salamida served as Vice President of Administrative Services at Community Partnership for Children in Daytona Beach, Florida. In 2009, the Florida Coalition for Children presented Salamida with the Distinguished Service Award. Salamida holds a master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Rollins College, and a bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Human Services from Franciscan University.
Salamida comes from a unique family background, having 10 brothers and sisters, seven of whom are adopted. He and his wife Kathy have been married 20 years. They have 4 children of their own, and have recently adopted two more.