Executive Leadership Team

Bonnie Barlow, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

Chief Executive Officer

Bonnie was born at Eglin Air Force Base and has lived in Florida her entire life.   She  grew  up  in the rural, agricultural area of Polk County.  Bonnie moved to Northwest Florida right after graduation.  Her family was hard-working that struggled to make ends meet which required Bonnie to start work at the  age  of  14.   Bonnie’s  mother,  Arlene, has  always  been  her source  of  strength  and support.  Bonnie has worked consistently ever since then-  only taking extended time off when her two sons were born. 

Hard work and dedication is not only an economic necessity for Bonnie, it is also engrained in her DNA.  She has been with Bridgeway Center, Inc. (BCI) for a total of 33 years.  She started at BCI in 1982 at the age of 18 when it was still known as the Okaloosa Guidance Clinic.  She was a Part-Time Alcohol Center Secretary on Shell Avenue working in Detox and the DUI School.  Bonnie rode her 10-speed bicycle to work until enough money was saved for a car.

In 1984 with Judges Keith Brace and Michael Jones, she implemented BCI’s Misdemeanor Probation Program that eventually included the Worthless Check Diversion Program.  BCI provided these services to the court for 25 years. 

Over the years, Bonnie has worked in many different positions at BCI.  She was a misdemeanor probation officer and supervisor for ten years, managed the DUI School program, and has taught Driver Improvement classes.  Bonnie also taught teenagers and adults how to drive in both Crestview and Ft. Walton Beach.   This is one job, along with UA testing, that she hopes never to have to perform again. 

After the birth of her first son, Jacob, Bonnie worked as the Quality Management Coordinator and CEO Executive Assistant/EAP Coordinator. She worked in this position up until the day her second son, Aaron, was born in 1999.  Aaron arrived about 8 hours after getting off work from BCI. Over the last few years, Bonnie has been promoted to the SRQ Program Manager,  the Human Resources Officer (HRO), the Chief Administrative Officer, and the Chief Operating Officer. Her greatest personal accomplishment is being a single parent and raising two sons as well as marrying her husband, Brett, in 2016.    

One of Bonnie’s greatest professional accomplishments is earning her certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and as a SHRM Senior Certified Professional.   Bonnie is also a recipient of Bridgeway Center’s Distinguished Service Award. 

Because of her many life challenges that Bonnie has overcome, she is compassionately understands the circumstances that so many of BCI’s clients and patients are in when they come to us for help.  Bonnie is living proof that, no matter how meager you start out life, the American dream is still a reality with resolve, faith, and an enormous amount of hard work.  

Larry C. McFarland, LMHC

Clinical Officer

Larry McFarland is a military veteran with four years of service in the United States Air Force in the field of military police. He obtained both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Psychology from the University of West Florida.

Larry McFarland began his employment with Bridgeway Center, Inc. in 1986, as a Technician in the Crisis Stabilization Unit. he worked in a variety of positions of ever increasing levels of responsibility during the next ten years. He was the Inpatient/Community Services Programs Director. In 1999 he was then promoted to the Outpatient Counseling Services Program Director. Larry was promoted to the position of Human Resources Program Director in 2004. In 2006, Larry was promoted to Human Resources Officer and Corporate Vice-President of Employee Services. From 2011 until 2013, he served as the Clinical Advisor to the CEO. In April 2013 Larry was transferred to Clinical Services to serve as the Clinical Officer.

Prior to joining the staff at Bridgeway, Larry worked in both adult and children's inpatient psychiatric treatment units of private for-profit hospitals and as a county youth shelter worker.

Larry McFarland is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC). In January 2010, Larry earned his national certification as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). Larry provides specialty training in Preventing Workplace Violence for major employers.

Lawrence E. Mundy, MCSE

Chief Information Officer

Larry Mundy is a military veteran with eight years of active duty in the United States Navy. Besides serving at sea, Larry served as an instructor in the Navy's highly regarded Nuclear Power Program, teaching Electronics, Reactor Physics, Reactor Operations and Control and Reactor Protection Analysis.

Larry Mundy has been with Bridgeway Center since 1994. Larry is the Chief Information Officer for Management Information Systems at Bridgeway Center, Inc. Larry is certified as a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).

Prior to joining the staff at Bridgeway Center, Inc., Larry spent the previous ten years in consulting and sales of computer systems and solutions. As the founder and owner of his own Atlanta-based retail storefront, he became well versed in the needs of providing customer service focused solutions. Clients ranged from small medical and dental practices to $20 million manufacturing companies.

Shannon Brunson, LMHC

Vice President of Children's Specialty Services

Shannon Brunson obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree and her Master of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of West Florida. She obtained her license as a Mental Health counselor in 1998.

Shannon has held a variety of positions in the mental health field to include behavior technician, intensive on-site therapist, outpatient therapist, group facilitator, and program director. Most of her work has focused on children and families. She has worked in private practice, residential treatment, and in the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). For the past 15 years she has worked completing Comprehensive Behavioral Health Assessments for children involved in the dependency system. Since joining Bridgeway Center Inc., she has continued to help our children and families involved in the dependency system through her work with the Family Care Unit and Early Childhood Court. Shannon is currently training to become a Child Parent Psychotherapist.

Updated: 08.01.18