LSF MAKES A DIFFERENCE
LSF is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to helping the most vulnerable Floridians. We do this by reducing the suicide and drug addiction rate, giving families in crisis the support they need to persevere, and making sure those in poverty get the education they need to close the achievement gap.
In Total, LSF impacts the lives of
1 in 50 Floridians.
We Create A World Of…
Fiscal year 2023 was another year of widening growth and deepening impact on the lives of many Floridians. Below are just a few of the numbers that represent our work last year. Each number represents a vulnerable Floridian in need of life-changing services. Your unwavering commitment and generosity have driven us to another year of positive change throughout Florida. Whether financial contributions, volunteer efforts, or spreading awareness, we are grateful for your support and continued collaboration. We look forward to continuing to create a world of safe children, strong families, and vibrant communities.
2023 IMPACT REPORT
children and families served through community counseling, foster care & adoption, and family support programming.
youth found refuge and direction at one of our shelters or group homes.
Educated more than
at-risk children and supported their families through LSF Early Head Start and Head Start programs.
Served more than
meals and snacks in our Head Start and after-school programs.
Managed the prevention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse for
406 individuals through LSF Health Systems across 23 counties.
adults at risk of exploitation due to age, disability, or other life-altering issues.
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, LSF has more than 65 programs throughout Florida and approximately 1,600 dedicated employees.
We are making a genuine and constructive impact in the communities we serve.
LSF helps communities build healthier, happier, and hope-filled tomorrows by impacting the lives of 1 in 50 Floridians through various services offered across the state. We seek to bring healing, hope and help to people in need of all walks of life regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and identity.
Samual M. Sipes
PRESIDENT & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Sam has a background in leadership roles in nonprofit organizations, as well as experience in child welfare, social services and programs for senior citizens. Sam has a passion for helping and serving children, families, and communities that are underserved and vulnerable. During his tenure at LSF, Sam has overseen the agency’s tremendous growth around the state as LSF has more than tripled in size and impact since 2013.
“Great vision without great people is irrelevant.”
–James C. Collins
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Known as a nonprofit executive with an extensive financial and accounting background, Bob joined LSF in 2016. He comes to LSF after spending 15 years as Controller and CFO at the Children’s Home Society of Florida. With over 25 years in the not for profit sector, Bob is well versed in nonprofit accounting, fiscal policy compliance, budgeting, forecasting, and strategic planning.
“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.”
CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER
Amelia brings deep knowledge in developing and executing strategies for growth across multiple industries, and has significant experience in building people-focused organizations and designing and implementing programs to improve outcomes and overall business processes. She has led several organizational transformations to include building a strategic planning team and developing global strategies for growth at a multi-billion dollar payments company. She holds a BA in psychology from Davidson College and an MBA from Yale University, School of Management.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Dr. Christine Cauffield
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER & EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT - SAMH
Dr. Christine Cauffield has served as President and CEO of organizations providing integrated health services for children through seniors, including a corporation that provides in-patient, acute psychiatric care to seniors in crisis. She received her doctorate degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology and completed her Internship and Post-Doctoral Residency at Harvard Medical School, where she specialized in geriatric neuropsychology. She serves as President of Florida Council on Aging, President of Florida Association of Managing Entities, and serves on the Executive Board of Smart Justice of Florida.
“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
Robert W. Haley, Esq.
Prior to joining LSF in 2016, Rob served as a Senior Associate with a Tampa based civil litigation firm. In this role he primarily practiced in the areas of plaintiff’s side insurance disputes (general liability and property), wrongful death, catastrophic injury, and mass tort proceedings. Additionally, his experience includes the direct legal representation of clients similarly served in multiple programs operated by LSF, including Immigrant Detainees, Refugees, Asylees, and Guardianship populations. Rob is an admitted member in good standing of The Florida Bar
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.”
- Margaret Mead
CHIEF OPERATIING OFFICER
Mike joined LSF in 2018 after retiring as the Secretary of the Florida Department of Children and Families ending a state career that spanned more than 28 years within the department. As the Chief Operating Officer, Mike manages the day-to-day operations of LSF’s core lines of service including Family Focus, Head Start and Health Systems. Mike also oversees the Central Services Departments of Human Resources and Quality Assurance and works to champion our mission, vision and values. One of Mike’s biggest strengths is advocating for vulnerable families and that is clear in LSF’s expansion of child welfare programs across the state.
“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
– Vince Lombardi
EXECUTIVE OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Phil is a dynamic hands-on human resources leader from the private sector earning his Bachelor’s degree from Duke University and his MBA from Babson College in Massachusetts. Phil most recently worked for Jabil Circuit as Global HR VP, leading HR work in several corners of the globe, but his passion to help others and his faith drew him to LSF. He sits on several Community Boards that tie into our mission, including Starting Right, Now, a nonprofit organization in Hillsborough County meeting the needs of homeless families and children. Phil enjoys playing tennis, traveling with his family, and taking in all sports events.
“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF CHILDREN & HEAD START SERVICES
Bob joined LSF in 2019 after retiring as a Captain from the United States Public Health Service (USPHS). Bob served in many different capacities throughout his 26+ years with the USPHS. As the Executive Vice President of Children and Head Start Services, Bob is responsible for overseeing Head Start services for approximately 5,800 children and families, totaling $53 million with over 750 employees throughout Florida.
“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier”
– Saint Teresa of Calcutta
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT OF FAMILY FOCUS
While Lisa is driven by measurable outcomes and is known as a change agent, she recognizes people are the most important resource and dedicates time to growing and nurturing leaders to further strengthen social services in Florida. Lisa most recently served as the Vice President of Operations for LSF Family Focus. As the Executive Vice President of Family focus, Lisa now oversees child welfare, children and families in need of services (CINS/FINS) programs, refugee services, adult advocacy, and multiple other direct service programs. Since joining LSF four years ago, Lisa’s scope of responsibility has grown significantly. Before joining us at LSF she was the former Regional Managing Director for the Department of Children and Families in the SunCoast Region. Lisa is a 30-year social services veteran and was a longtime DCF employee with a wide array of program and operations experience.