Personnel note: Erin Van Sickle exiting the FMA for Volunteer Florida

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Communications pro and avid dog lover Erin VanSickle has left the Florida Medical Assocition to become the Communications and Legislative Affairs Director for Volunteer Florida.

Before serving as Vice President of Communications and Marketing for the FMA, she was a founder and managing partner of Capitol Energy Communications. Previous to that, she served as Press Secretary and Communications Director at the Republican Party of Florida and as Press Secretary for the Florida Senate Majority Office.

“Erin is a highly skilled communications and public affairs professional,” said Chester Spellman, Executive Director of Volunteer Florida. “I am confident that she will be a valuable member of our team.”

Van Sickle’s first day at Volunteer Florida is April 21.

As for the FMA, Executive Vice President Tim Stapleton tells me there are no immediate plans to replace Van Sickle. Instead, Christina Johnson of On 3 Public Relations and Steve Vancore of VancoreJones Communications will be shouldering more of the work load. Johnson and Vancore have been working with the FMA since last Fall.


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