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Rick Scott announces 14 board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced 14 appointments to a variety of state boards and commissions.

Pinellas County Housing Authority

Scott began by reappointing Joseph Triolo and Michael Guju to the Pinellas County Housing Authority.

Triolo, 59, of Saint Petersburg, is a program manager for Duke Energy. He is reappointed for a term ending Jan. 21, 2018.

Guju, 57, of Palm Harbor, is the president of Guju Law Firm and Equity National Title. He is reappointed for a term ending Dec. 1, 2020.

Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board

Scott then announced one reappointment and two appointments to the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board, a nine-member panel based in Orlando that enforces Florida’s real estate appraiser license law.

Janet Rabin, 60, of Fort Myers, is an appraisal analyst for DiTech Financial. She succeeds Matthew Simmons and is appointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2019.

Fran Oreto, 65, of Hudson, is a staff appraiser for Title Source, Inc. She is reappointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2019.

Christy Conolly, 37, of Palm Harbor, is the senior vice president of quality control and compliance for Nationwide Appraisal Network, Inc. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending Oct. 31, 2019.

These three appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Environmental Regulation Commission

Next, Scott announced the appointments of Jim McCarthy and Frank Gummey to the Environmental Regulation Commission, a seven-member board that represents agriculture, developers, local government, the environmental community, citizens and members of the scientific and technical sectors.

McCarthy, 65, of Ponte Verde Beach, is the executive director of North Florida Land Trust. He succeeds Anna Dooley and is appointed for a term beginning Dec. 16, 2016, and ending July 1, 2019.

Gummey, 71, of Daytona Beach Shores, is the City Attorney for the City of New Smyrna Beach.  He is filling a vacant seat for a term beginning Dec. 16, 2016 and ending July 1, 2017.

Both appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners

Scott named Bev Capasso to the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners, District 1 seat.

Capasso, of Parkland, is the former senior vice president and chief executive officer of Jackson Memorial Hospital. She received a nursing degree from Saint Vincent’s College of Nursing, a bachelor’s and master’s degree in health care administration from Kennedy Western University, and a Bachelor of Science in nursing from Sacred Heart University. Capasso previously served in an at-large seat. She succeeds Maureen Canada for a term ending Dec. 13, 2020.

Florida Board of Accountancy

Scott also named three to the Board of Accountancy, which is a nine-member panel responsible for the regulation of certified public accountants and accounting firms.

David Skup, 64, of Plantation, is the chief financial officer for Guarantee Insurance Company. He succeeds Maria Caldwell for a term ending Oct. 31, 2019.

Jesus Socorro, 41, of Miami, is the managing principle of risk advisory services for Morrison, Brown, Argiz and Farra, LLC. He succeeds Cynthia Borders-Byrd for a term ending Oct. 31, 2019.

Mindy Rankin, 36, of Lynn Haven, is a certified public accountant for Warren Averett, LLC. She succeeds Stephen Riggs and is appointed for a term beginning Dec. 16, 2016, and ending Oct. 31, 2020.

Each of these three appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Campbellton-Graceville Hospital Corporation

Scott appointed Chris Jernigan to the Campbellton-Graceville Hospital Corporation, located in Jackson County in the Florida Panhandle.

Jernigan, 50, of Graceville, is the president and chief operating officer of Arnold Lumber Company. He succeeds Alice Pate for a term ending Aug. 21, 2020.

Indian River County Housing Authority

Lastly, Scott announced the appointments of Johnny Thornton and Willie Richardson Jr. to the Indian River County Housing Authority.

Thornton, 67, of Vero Beach, is the director of alternative education for the Saint Lucie School District. He is appointed for a term ending June 14, 2020.

Richardson, 59, of Vero Beach, is a pastor at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church. He is appointed for a term ending June 14, 2019.

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