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Rick Scott announces eight state board appointments

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

Early Learning Coalition of Hillsborough County, Inc.

Scott began by reappointing Luke Buzard to the Early Learning Coalition Hillsborough County, Inc., which collaborates with agencies throughout the community to offer a range of early learning services.

Buzard, 37, of Wesley Chapel, is the pipeline safety director at TECO Energy. He previously served as chair of both the Accounting Circle at University of South Florida and the West Central Region for Connect Florida. Buzard is reappointed for a term ending April 30, 2020.

Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority

Scott named Kristin Incrocci to the Sarasota Manatee Airport Authority, the public agency which operates and manages the Sarasota Bradenton International Airport.

Incrocci, 51, of Sarasota, is the owner and pilot of SRQ Aviation. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending Nov. 17, 2018.

St. Johns River Water Management District

Scott then made an appointment and one reappointment to the Governing Board of the St. Johns River Water Management District, which protects water resources for northeast and east-central Florida.

Susan Dolan, 51, of Longwood, is the director of community affairs for Waste Pro of Florida, Inc. She succeeds Maryam Ghyabi for a term ending March 1, 2021.

Douglas Burnett, 72, of St. Augustine, is the president of Doug Burnett and Associates, LLC. He is reappointed for a term ending March 1, 2021.

Apalachee Regional Planning Council

The governor next announced the appointment of J.C. Stoutamire to the Apalachee Regional Planning Council, Region Two, which serves Calhoun, Franklin, Gadsden, Gulf, Jackson, Jefferson, Liberty, Leon and Wakulla counties and associated municipalities.

Stoutamire, 81, of Hosford, is a former papermaker for St. Joe Paper Co. Additionally, he served on the Liberty County Board of County Commissioners for eight years. Stoutamire fills a vacant seat for a term ending Oct. 1, 2018.

Stoutamire’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Suwannee River Water Management District

Scott also reappointed Virginia Sanchez to the Governing Board of the Suwannee River Water Management District, which manages water and related natural resources in north-central Florida. In terms of geographic area, Suwannee is the smallest of the state’s water management districts.

Sanchez, 54, of Old Town, is a co-owner of Sanchez Farms, LLC. She is reappointed for a term ending March 1, 2021.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Florida Housing Finance Corporation

Scott also appointed Martha Lanahan to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation, an organization that provides a range of affordable housing opportunities for Florida residents.

Lanahan, 52, of Tampa, is the executive vice president of Regions Bank. She succeeds Brian Katz for a term ending Nov. 13, 2020.

Lahan’s appointment is subject to Senate confirmation.

Florida Defense Support Task Force

Finally, Scott announced the appointment of Amy Gowder to the Florida Defense Support Task Force, which, as part of Enterprise Florida, is designed to preserve, protect and enhance Florida’s military missions and installations.

Gowder, 41, of Orlando, is the aerospace and defense executive for Lockheed Martin. She fills a vacant seat for a term ending July 1, 2019.

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