On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced nine appointments to a variety of state boards and commissions.
Scott started by naming Sherrie Nickell to the Board of Directors, Johnnie B. Byrd Alzheimer’s Center and Research Institute at the University of South Florida.
The USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute is a multi-disciplinary Center of Excellence at the University of South Florida, founded to provide patient care, research and public and professional education.
Nickell, 57, of Lakeland, is a professor at Southeastern University. She succeeds John Helm for a term ending December 17, 2017.
Next, Scott announced the appointment of Lena Lofton and reappointment of James Schnorbus to the Columbia County Housing Authority, based in Lake City.
Schnorbus, 68, of Lake City, is a retired criminal investigator for U.S. Customs. He is reappointed for a term ending March 15, 2019.
Lofton, 68, of Lake City, is a retired correctional counselor for Miami-Dade Corrections. She succeeds Lucille Ellis for a term ending March 15, 2018.
Scott also selected Ryan Tennyson to the Florida Development Finance Corporation, a state authorized issuer of industrial revenue bonds. FDFC, which operates under the umbrella of Enterprise Florida, offers tax-exempt, low interest bond financing to manufacturing and qualified non-profit organizations.
Tennyson, 67, of Orlando, is the vice president of Fifth Third Bank. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending May 2, 2016. His appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.
Lastly, Scott announced three appointments and two reappointments to the Boating Advisory Council, a board within the state Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. The BAC is made up of 18 members – representatives from the Florida Legislature, boating-related organizations and 11 members appointed by the Governor. The purpose of the council is make recommendations to the FWC and the Department of Economic Opportunity on issues important to boating community, such as safety, facilities and waterfront access.
Rebecca Bragg, 60, of Arcadia, is the owner and president of Canoe Outpost Peach River Inc. She succeeds Lester Ares for a term ending September 30, 2017.
Joseph “Skip” Lyshon, 54, of Fort Pierce, is the sales director for Maverick Boat Company. He succeeds David Childs for a term ending September 30, 2017.
Robert Spaeth, 68, of Madeira Beach, is the previous owner and president of Madeira Beach Seafood. He succeeds Robert Gill for a term ending September 30, 2017.
Stephen Danzig, 67, of Ponte Vedra Beach, is a marine surveyor for Atlantic Marine Surveys. He is reappointed for a term ending September 30, 2017.
Christopher Shaffner, 40, of Riviera Beach, is the president of TowBoat U.S. and director of operations for Boatsetter. He is reappointed for a term ending September 30, 2017.