Gov. Rick Scott announces seven state appointments

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Gov. Rick Scott announced six new appointments and one reappointment on Thursday to a variety of statewide regulatory boards.

Board of Cosmetology

Fran Poppell, 74, of Tallahassee, is a retired wedding director and bridal consultant. She succeeds Monica Smith for a term ending October 31, 2015.

Robin Tabano, 46, of Tallahassee, is a self-employed hairstylist. She succeeds Myra Jowers for a term ending October 31, 2017.

The appointments are subject to Florida Senate confirmation.

Board of Directors of Florida Health Choices Inc.

Charles Clary, 63, of Destin, is an architect with DAG Architects and a former Florida State Senator. He succeeds Theresa Welles for a term ending December 4.

Edward “Butch” Simpson, 69, of Ponce Inlet, is a self-employed legal consultant. He succeeds Sherri Meadows for a term ending December 4.

Walter Nason, 55, of Orlando, is chief financial officer for GrayRobinson. His reappointment ends December 4.

Acquisition & Restoration Council

Mark Middlebrook, 62, of Ponte Vedra Beach, is executive director of the St. Johns River Alliance. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending March 1, 2016.

Board of County Commissioners of Santa Rosa County

Ryun “Jayer” Williamson, 35, of Pace, is vice president and chief operating officer of Williamson Electrical Company.  Williamson is the founder and a member of the Santa Rosa Young Professionals club, a member of Santa Rosa Kid’s House and the president of the Navy League of Santa Rosa County. He fills a vacancy created by the passing of Jim Williamson, for a term ending November 11.

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