In the Departure Lounge: Amanda Prater, Catalina Quintana and a slew of legislative staffers

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Summertime often sees a flurry of personnel moves in the world of government and politics. Continuing this occasional series, we update you on who’s in the Departure Lounge.

As first reported in SaintPetersBlog, Amanda Prater is stepping down from her position as Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Prater’s resignation comes in the wake of a building controversy connected to the deaths of four children under DCR supervision in six weeks in May and June. 

Prater is leaving to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

Prater will be replaced by Jane Johnson, the Director of Child Abuse Prevention at DCF.

Prater was tapped last August to replace Vivian Myrtetus. 

Catalina Quintana, a spokeswoman at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, is leaving the department after working there for a year. She is going to Boston University to work towards a master’s degree in public relations.

Several legislative staffers are moving on from their positions.

Kathy San Pedro is no longer a legislative assistant for Rep. Jeanette Nunez

Kimberly Simon has left the staff of Sen. Tom Lee as legislative assistant.

Lindsay Whelan is no longer the attorney for the House Business & Professional Regulation Subcommittee.

Ana Maria Sanchez is no longer lobbying for the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.