Interim Secretary Rebecca Kapusta
Ms. Kapusta has worked in Florida’s child welfare system for 17 years. Prior to becoming interim secretary, she most recently served as the Assistant Secretary of Operations, responsible for managing the department’s regional program operations across the state, as well as Adult Protective Services and Children’s Legal Services. In this role, Ms. Kapusta implemented quality measures for each department program to continue to improve the services provided by the department. She previously served as the department’s general counsel where she represented the agency before the Florida Supreme Court and streamlined legal operations in each circuit.
Ms. Kapusta has also served the department in Children’s Legal Services, as assistant general counsel, and assistant regional counsel in the department’s 11-county SunCoast Region. Prior to her employment with the Department of Children and Families, Ms. Kapusta served as a General Magistrate in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit and maintained her own practice.
Ms. Kapusta holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Central Florida and a law degree from Stetson University College of Law.