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Rebecca Kapusta

Chief of Community-Based Care

Rebecca Kapusta,  Eckerd Connects’ Chief of Community-Based Care, oversees a system of care for nearly 7,000 children and families.   As Chief of Community-Based Care she oversees the operations in the following Florida Counties: Pinellas, Pasco and Hillsborough.

She joined Eckerd Connects in 2019 as Vice President of Community-Based Care in Hillsborough County. According to a study from the University of Miami, Hillsborough County has the highest concentration of highly vulnerable children in the state. Rebecca’s dedication to these vulnerable children motivates her to lead teams committed to overcoming these challenges. In that position, Rebeca coordinated, integrated, and managed child protective services and worked to improve the system for children in care.

Before joining the Eckerd Connects, Rebecca served the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) for more than ten years. She was appointed as DCF’s interim Secretary in 2018, where she was previously the Assistant Secretary for Operations after being the department’s General Counsel. Previously, the decade-plus department veteran was the Chief Counsel for DCF’s Suncoast Region in Children’s Legal Services, as well as Assistant Regional Counsel and Assistant General Counsel.

Rebecca’s deep knowledge of the local child welfare system and its leaders, as well as her years of experience as a child welfare attorney and her work with other social service agencies, brings great value to Eckerd Connects as she strives to ensure that all children in community-based care have the opportunity to succeed. Rebecca, who once was a general magistrate in the 12th Judicial Circuit, received her undergraduate degree in journalism from the University of Central Florida and a law degree from Stetson University College of Law. She lives in Tampa with her three children and is actively involved in the local community.