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Gov. Scott announces 31 regulatory board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced 31 appointments to a variety of state regulatory boards.

Commission on Ethics

Scott started with three appointments and one reappointment to the Commission on Ethics, a nine-member board that serves as a guardian for standards of conduct for officials and employees of the state of Florida.

Dr. Daniel Brady, 68, of Miami Shores, is the executive director of Douglas Gardens CMHC and an adjunct professor at Florida International University. Brady received his associate’s degree from Miami Dade College, his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University, his master’s degree in social work from Florida State University, his master’s degree in business administration from Florida International University, and his doctorate degree from Barry University. He succeeds Ivan Ford and is appointed for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Guy Norris, 53, of Lake City, is an attorney with Norris and Norris P.A. He previously served as the chair of the Third Judicial Circuit Nominating Commission. Norris received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. He succeeds Susan Maurer for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Kimberly Rezanka, 50, of Merritt Island, is an attorney with Dean Mead. Rezanka received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from the University of Florida College of Law. She succeeds Linda Robison for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Stanley Weston, 55, of Jacksonville, is an attorney with Moseley, Prichard, Parrish, Knight and Jones. Weston received his bachelor’s degree from Florida State University and his law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is reappointed for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Each of the four appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Child Care Executive Partnership

Next, Scott named six to the Child Care Executive Partnership, public/private program to help employers meet the needs of working parents, one of the fastest-growing segments of the state workforce.

Robert Buesing, 61, of Tampa, is an attorney with Trenam Kemker. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term ending September 30, 2016.

Susan Hanas, 65, of Oviedo, is the superintendent of St. Lukes Lutheran School. She fills a vacant seat for a term beginning ending September 30, 2016.

Christine Myers, 63, of Trenton, is registered nurse and pediatric case manager with Shands Children’s Hospital. She fills a vacant seat for a term beginning ending September 30, 2016.

Javier Soto, 45, of Key Biscayne, is the president and chief executive officer of The Miami Foundation. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending September 30, 2016.

Dr. Sherry White, 55, of Pensacola, is the chief executive officer and president of Capstone Adaptive Learning and Therapy Centers. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending September 30, 2016.

Brandi Young, 32, of Tallahassee, is the budget chief of the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget Education Unit. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending September 30, 2016.

Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County

The governor then appointed Lindsey Toole to the Early Learning Coalition of Sarasota County, which provides administration and oversight for the integrated system of early education for preschool-aged children and Sarasota County.

Toole, 35, of Venice, is a wealth advisor with Acumen Wealth Advisors. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending April 30, 2019.

Florida Transportation Commission

Scott than announced one appointment and four reappointments to the Florida Transportation Commission, a nine-member commission that evaluates, reviews and make recommendations on the state’s transportation policies, initiatives and revisions.

Teresa Sarnoff, of Miami, is the president of End Homelessness Now Inc. and a realtor with Cervera Real Estate. Sarnoff was awarded the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Camillus House Bridge Builder Award. She succeeds Susan Frazier for a term ending September 30, 2019.

John Browning, of East Palatka, is the president of Browning Consulting and Browning Packing. He currently serves as a member of Floridians for Better Transportation and a member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Browning previously served as the vice chair of the Florida Highspeed Rail Commission. He also previously served as a member of the National Council on Surface Transportation Research and the Florida Statewide Passenger Rail Commission. Browning is reappointed for a term ending September 20, 2019.

Beth Kigel, of Palm Beach Gardens, is the president and chief executive officer of the Northern Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce. She currently serves as a member of the Leadership Florida Board of Directors and as a member of the World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems Board of Directors. Kigel previously served as the chair of the Palm Beach County Groundwater and Natural Resources Protection Board and as a member of the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission. Kigel is reappointed for a term ending September 20, 2019.

James Sebesta, of St. Petersburg, is the president of Sebesta Consulting Services. Sebesta served as a member of the Florida Senate from 1998-2006. He also previously served as a member of the Lake Wales City Commission and as the Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections. Sebesta is reappointed for a term ending September 20, 2019.

Jay Trumbull, of Panama City, is the owner and president of Trumbull Water Services of Northwest Florida. Trumbull currently serves as a member of the Panama City Housing Authority. He also currently serves as a member of the Bay Medical Board Foundation and the Board of Directors for Trustmark Bank. He previously served as a member of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and the Bay County Planning Commission. He is reappointed for a term ending September 20, 2019.

Each of the above appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Citrus County Hospital Board

Scott announced the appointment of Richard “Rick” Harper to the Citrus County Hospital Board, an independent special district created in 1949 to operate the public hospital system in Citrus County.

Harper, 54, of Inverness, is a real estate broker, investor, and the owner of Harper Realty, Inc. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending July 3, 2019.

Florida Building Commission

The governor then announced one appointment and nine reappointments to the Florida Building Commission, part of the Florida Department of Business and professional Regulation.

Jeremy “Shane” Gerwig, 37, of Clermont, is the building division manager and building official for Lake County Board of County Commissioners. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending January 15, 2019.

Bradley Schiffer, 66, of Naples, is an architect and the owner of Brad Schiffer TAXIS Inc. He is reappointed for a term ending August 11, 2019.

Kevin Flanagan, 63, of Fort Lauderdale, is the president of C & F Electric, Inc. He is reappointed for a term ending January 30, 2019.

Brian Swope, 35, of Wesley Chapel, is the vice president of sales and operations for Tampa Roofing Company. He is reappointed for a term ending May 1, 2019.

Robert Boyer, 67, of Palm City, is the codes, product, and training coordinator for the Palm Beach County Building Division. He is reappointed for a term ending July 26, 2019.

Dr. Jeffrey Stone, 71, of Saint Petersburg Beach, is the owner of Stone Resource Systems. He is reappointed for a term ending July 27, 2019.

Jeffery Gross, 66, of Hollywood, is an architect and the president of Jeffery Gross Associates Architects PA. He is reappointed for a term ending November 21, 2019.

The Honorable Donald “Don” Brown, 63, of DeFuniak Springs, is the owner of Donald Brown Consulting and the president of First National Insurance Agency, Inc. He is reappointed for a term ending November 21, 2019.

Darrell Phillips, 63, of Tallahassee, is an architect, construction planner, and design manager for the Florida Department of Education. He is reappointed for a term ending November 21, 2019.

Richard Browdy, 69, of Jacksonville, is the president of Browdy and Browdy, Inc. He is reappointed for a term ending October 13, 2019.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Board of Athletic Training

Scott also announced the reappointments of James “Jim” Watson, Nicholas Pappas and Dr. Randy Schwartzberg to the Board of Athletic Training, which ensures every athletic trainer in the state meets minimum requirements and regulates, licensure, education and discipline.

Watson, 58, of Tallahassee, is the director and coordinator for the Community Outreach Program at Tallahassee Orthopedic & Sports Physical Therapy. He is reappointed for a term ending October 31, 2019.

Pappas, 63, of Tallahassee, is an athletic trainer and the coordinator of insurance and risk management with Florida State University. He is reappointed for a term ending October 31, 2019.

Schwartzberg, 50, of Winter Springs, is a sports medicine orthopedic surgeon with the Orlando Orthopedic Center. He is reappointed for a term ending October 31, 2019.

All three of the above appointments are subject to Senate confirmation.

Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County

Lastly, Scott named Carlos del Castillo to the Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, which oversees the region’s early childhood care, education and after-school programs.

Del Castillo, 56, of Tampa, is the vice president and general manager of Bright House Networks. He succeeds Terri Gaffney for a term beginning ending April 30, 2019.

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