BARC Management Team

Jim Baldwin

President/CEO

Jim Baldwin was appointed President in September 2001, after serving on BARC’s Board of Directors for more than ten years. Under his leadership, BARC’s financial position has improved significantly and he is now implementing plans to transform BARC into the premier ARC in the state. Baldwin has a BA in liberal arts from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Okla.

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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 cycling, golf and basketball.

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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.

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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.

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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. Gray has a 30-year career in human resources.

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