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Five Acres Announces New Chief Administrative Officer

Published on Monday, May 4, 2020 | 2:04 pm
Kim Warneke. Photo credit: Five Acres

Five Acres, a foster/adoption, residential and community-based mental/behavioral health charity, has announced Kim Warneke as the chief administrative officer.

Having joined as Five Acres’ director of training and organizational development in January 2019, Warneke was promoted to lead the human resources and training functions responsible for HR operations, including employee relations, talent acquisition, organizational design, leadership development, training compliance, and culture development.

“On March 13, she stepped in as interim Chief Administration Officer and even while faced with the challenges of the pandemic, her leadership, responsiveness and her commitment to keep our Five Acres teams safe and operational is marked,” said Five Acres CEO Chanel Boutakidis.

Warneke came to Five Acres with over 16 years of experience in the HR and talent development where she had led multiple teams that changed the function, culture, and impact of HR within their organizations. With a passion for growing an organizations’ effectiveness and long-term success, Warneke’s main focus is on its key resource: its people.

“Our world had turned upside down and as an agency we have adapted and transitioned to new ways of operating, providing services and working in general,” Warneke said. “Our staff is adapting to these changes, and in addition many are finding themselves trying to navigate the personal challenges related to school closures, concerns for family members health and the general anxiety related to the Covid-19 pandemic. My priority at this time is to ensure that staff and leadership throughout the agency receive the tools, resources, support and guidance they need to navigate the changes and challenges they are facing at this time.”

Warneke received her bachelor’s degree in political science at the University of California, Irvine and holds the SHRM-SCP human resources certification.

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About Five Acres

Since 1888, Five Acres has protected the most vulnerable members of our community: children. Serving more than 10,000 children and family members annually across six counties, Five Acres strives for permanency—a permanent, loving home—for all children in their care. The three pillars of safety, well-being and permanency provide the framework for its programs and guide the way as the agency develops even more effective means of caring for children and families in crisis. Visit

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