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Gov. Scott announces 23 state board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced 16 appointments and 7 reappointments to a variety of state regulatory boards.

South Florida Regional Transportation Authority

Scott made three reappointments to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority, which covers Broward, Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties and is the fifth largest urbanized area in the U.S. with more than five million residents.

Andrew Frey, of Miami, is the principal of Tecela. He currently serves as the executive director of Townhouse Center. Frey’s reappointment is for a term ending August 1, 2019.

Frank Frione, of Boca Raton, is owner and chief executive officer of GFA International Inc. He currently serves as the president of the Construction Association of South Florida, and the vice chair of the Downtown Development Authority for the City of Delray Beach. Frione also currently serves as a member of the Downtown Advisory Board for the City of Boca Raton. His reappointment is for a term ending August 1, 2019.

James “Jim” Scott, of Fort Lauderdale, is the chairman of Tripp Scott PA. He previously served as the president of the Florida Senate from 1994-1996, a member of the Florida Senate from 1976-2000, and a member of the Broward County Commission from 2000-2006. Scott’s reappointment is for a term ending August 1, 2019.

All three appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Southwest Florida Water Management District

Scott announced the appointments of John Henslick and Kelly Rice to the Southwest Florida Water Management District. SFWMD handles water use and preservation for roughly 10,000 square miles in all or part of 16 counties with a total population of 4.7 million people.

Henslick, 64, of Myakka City, is the owner of Henslick & Associates. He has worked as a professional environmental consultant since 1980. Henslick fills a vacant seat for a term ending March 1, 2017.

Rice, 47, of Webster, is the president of Physical Therapy Services of Brooksville Inc. and the Rice Cattle Co. He is also the broker and owner of Century 21 Prime Property Resources Inc. Rice currently serves as the chair of the Lake Sumter State College District Board of Trustees and previously served as a member of the Withlachoochee River Basin Board. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending March 1, 2019.

Both appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Early Learning Coalition of Broward County

Scott announced the appointment of Dolly Trevino Rump to the Early Learning Coalition of Broward County. ELC oversees an annual budget of nearly $90 million, serving more than 26,000 children, from a combination of federal, state, county, local, and private sources. The coalition manages two statewide early education programs:  School Readiness and Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten.

Dolly Trevino Rump, 54, of Coral Springs, is the vice president at Continental Public Adjusters, Inc. and currently serves on the Broward County Advisory Board for Individuals with Special Needs. She succeeds Laura Gambino for a term ending April 30, 2018.

Broward College District Board of Trustees

Scott named Dr. Rajendra Gupta and Mike Rump to the Broward College District Board of Trustees.

Gupta, 68, of Fort Lauderdale, is a medical doctor at R.P. Gupta and Associates. He previously served as a member on the Florida Atlantic University Board of Trustees. Gupta succeeds Sean Guerin for a term ending May 31, 2019.

Rump, 55, of Coral Springs, is the president of Continental Public Adjusters, Inc. He currently serves as president of the Florida Association of Public Insurance Adjusters Board of Directors. Rump succeeds Pamela Stephany for a term ending May 31, 2019.

Gulf County Board of County Commissioners

Scott appointed Jerry Barnes to the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners.

Barnes, 71, of Port Saint Joe, previously served on the Gulf County Board of County Commissioners from 2000 to 2008 and as a commissioner for Port Saint Joe from 1998 to 2000.  He will fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Warren Yeager, for a term ending January 3, 2017.

Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court

Scott named Angelina Colonneso as the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Colonneso, 47, of Bradenton, is currently serving as the Clerk Ad Interim for Manatee County. She has served as general counsel to the Clerk’s Office since 2012 and is also a member of the Manatee County Bar Association, the Association of Women Lawyers, and the Leadership Manatee Alumni Association.  Colonneso will fill a vacancy created by the passing of R.B. “Chips” Shore, for a term ending January 3, 2017.

Florida Board of Dentistry

Scott also made one reappointment and three appointments to the Board of Dentistry, which governs the licensing and practice of dentists and dental hygienists throughout the state.

Dr. Joe Thomas, 55, of Vero Beach, is a dentist and the owner of Dr. Joe Thomas Dentistry. His reappointment is for a term ending October 31, 2018.

Dr. Joseph Calderone, 60, of Longwood, is a dentist with DeBary Dental Care. He succeeds Dr. Wade Winker for a term ending October 31, 2018.

Dr. Claudio L. Miro, 52, of Miami, is a dentist and the owner of Miro Dental Centers. He will succeed Dr. Leonard Britten for a term ending October 31, 2019.

Dr. Naved Fatmi, 32, of Boca Raton, is a dentist with Regency Court Dentistry. He will succeed Dr. Daniel Gesek for a term ending October 31, 2019.

Each of the appointments is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee

Scott announced the appointments of three and the reappointments of six to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee, created in 2000 to develop and implement a voluntary Medicaid preferred prescribed drug designation program.

Dr. Richard “Rick” Foley, 41, of Sorrento, is a Consultant Pharmacist at Omnicare Central Florida and a professor of geriatrics at the University of Florida’s College of Pharmacy. His reappointment is for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Dr. Natasha Robinson, 38, of Pembroke Pines, is the pharmacist team manager at UnitedHealthcare Optum. Her reappointment is for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Dr. Mark Hudak, 61, of Jacksonville, is a pediatrician at the University of Florida College of Medicine Jacksonville. His reappointment is for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Dr. John Bailey, 56, of Tallahassee, is a psychiatrist at John Bailey, D. O., LLC. His reappointment is for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Dr. Julie Price, 43, of Punta Gorda, is a spine consultant for Medtronic. Her reappointment is for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Jennifer Lalani, 54, of Windermere, is the district pharmacy manager of CVS Health. Her reappointment is for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Dr. James Zenel, 55, of Tarpon Springs, is a psychiatrist at James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital. He succeeds Gary Winchester for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Dr. Alan Smith, 65, of Tampa, is a physician medical director with WellCare Health Plans. He succeeds Timothy Sternberg for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Jill Hanson, 42, of Parkland, is the vice president of pharmacy operations for Sunshine Health. She succeeds Philip Stalas for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Each of the appointments is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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