Gov. Scott announces 12 year-end board appointments

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As 2014 winds down, Gov. Rick Scott ends the year on a high note with a flurry of appointments to various state regulatory boards. This time, he announced nine appointments and three reappointments.

Early Learning Coalition of Brevard County

Michael Durante, 47, of Melbourne, is a partner with Berman, Hopkins, Wright & LaHam, CPAs and Associates. His reappointment is for a term ending April 30, 2016.

State Emergency Response Commission

Tom Byron, 57, of Tallahassee, is chief engineer for the Florida Department of Transportation. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

Gwen Keenan, 49, of Tallahassee, is director of emergency response with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

Robert Kincart, 65, of Lakeland, is president of A-C-T Environmental and Infrastructure Inc. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

Family Care Councils

Family Care Councils (FCCs) are volunteer organizations who advocate for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Area Seven, Family Care Council

Jackie Aikens, 56, of Lake Mary, is a retired senior software engineer with the McKesson Corporation. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending April 5, 2015.

Area Nine, Family Care Council

Kevis Jones, 43, of Delray Beach, is an assembler for the Palm Beach Rehabilitation Center. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending December 18, 2017.

Chantal Hyppolite, 61, of Boca Raton, is an advocate for persons with disabilities. She succeeds Robert Gardner for a term ending July 1, 2016.

Area Ten, Family Care Council

Jeannette Hand, 55, of Plantation, is real estate agent with ARG Realty. She succeeds Patrice Laurie for a term ending August 26, 2017.

Lynda Olds, 45, of Cooper City, is an advocate for persons with disabilities. She succeeds Denise Crosnick for a term ending August 26, 2017.

Gilda Pacheco, 66, of Miramar, is a retired teacher and administrator with Dade County Public Schools. Her reappointment ends June 29, 2017.

Area Thirteen, Family Care Council

Troy Davidson, 47, of Inverness, is an advocate for persons with disabilities. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending December 11, 2016.

Caroline Short, 72, of Bushnell, is a retired licensed massage therapist. Her reappointment ends April 30, 2017.

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