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Executive Team


Shawn Kennemer

President/Chief Executive Officer

As a lifelong native of Bakersfield, Shawn Kennemer brings to Bakersfield Arc extensive experience in designing, developing, and overseeing for-profit and not-for-profit businesses that benefit people with disabilities. Shawn has a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Fresno Pacific University and graduated Magna Cum Laude. In addition, Shawn is a Graduate of the National Leadership Consortium through the University of Delaware. Shawn has 30 years of experience working with people with disabilities, 20 of which were in executive level leadership. Shawn serves on multiple non-profit boards and is a member of the Rotary Club of Bakersfield Downtown.

Kenneth Schmitz

Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer

Ken joined BARC in 2016 as its Senior Vice President / Chief Financial Officer and is responsible for the organization’s financial operations. He received his BS degree in Business Administration – Accounting from California State University, Northridge and a BA in Organizational Management from The Master’s College. After a 20 year career as a CPA in Ventura, Ken moved to Kern County and has served as Controller, Operations Manager and CFO in the agricultural and manufacturing industries. When not crunching numbers, Ken enjoys photography, cycling, and golf.

Dave Kyle

Senior Vice President/Chief Compliance Officer

Dave Kyle is responsible for regulatory compliance, CARF Accreditation, Safety, and risk management issues within BARC. He also oversees community based (federal, state and local) business contracts (janitorial, grounds maintenance, and recycling), Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) program, base programs including janitorial, pantry, yard maintenance, car wash, & guard shack. He has 40 years of business operations management experience, including 23 years with BARC. Dave has a BS degree in Finance from CSU Bakersfield. Dave enjoys golfing and cycling in his spare time.

Jeffrey Popkin

Senior Vice President/Director of Operations

Jeffrey Popkin joined BARC in 2016 after a 38 year career in Professional Social Work including 35 years working with individuals diagnosed with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Jeffrey has worked as an Associate Director, Director of Operations, Program Manager, Director of Community Services, College Teacher and a Service Coordinator. Jeffrey holds a CA license as a Clinical Social Worker and is certified as an Advanced Social Work Case Manager. Throughout his career he has worked closely with state and federal agencies as well as community providers of services. Jeffrey directs Commodities and Products, Access Now and Supportive Living Services at BARC. He is working to implement new Federal WIOA and HCBS requirements at BARC.

Tracie Gray

Vice President/Director of Human Resources

Tracie Gray is responsible for personnel administration including safety, drug and alcohol testing and compliance with CAL-OSHA, and represents BARC in any proceedings related to personnel matters. She joined BARC in July 2007 as the Assistant Director of Human Resources and was promoted to Director in January 2014. Tracie has a 30-year career in human resources.

Dorothy Hallman

Vice President/Director of Programs

Dorothy Hallman has a 25 year career in working with individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. She joined BARC in 2007 as the Senior Program Specialist and was promoted to Vice President/Director of Programs in March of 2016. She is responsible for overseeing all Client Services at BARC. Dorothy is joyfully raising a son with autism.

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