Rick Scott appoints three to Pinellas County Housing Authority

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With a few key appointments, Pinellas County neighborhoods now have advocates with a range of affordable housing skills.

In an announcement Friday, Gov. Rick Scott appointed one and reappointed two board members to the Pinellas County Housing Authority.

Angela Rouson, Alan L. Swartz and initiate Michael J. Guju began their PCHA appointment terms May 31. The Board controls agency oversight, sets policy and oversees government funding for the largest housing authority in Pinellas County. The panel consists of five volunteers, each appointed by the governor to four-year terms.

As a long-time civic activist for Pinellas County, Rouson continues as the board’s Vice-Chair. In addition to serving as President of the National Council of Negro Women, she also is Vice-Chair of the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation. The 46-year-old St. Petersburg resident has been a PCHA board commissioner since January 2004.

Rouson holds a master’s degree in Business Administration and brings not only business and finance experience, but also human resource management and marketing expertise. Her term runs through Nov. 29, 2015.

Swartz, 54, is a Certified Public Accountant at Swartz and Company P.A. and comes from Pinellas Park. He serves as Secretary, Treasurer and a past president of the Board of Directors of Contemporary Housing Alternatives of Florida, a not-for-profit developer of affordable housing in Pinellas County.

Swartz has been on the PCHA since March 2010. He holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Florida. His reappointment allows him to balance out the board with financial and accounting skills. Swartz’s term will end Jan. 10, 2015.

With Scott’s appointment, Guju brings a strong background in real-estate law to the PCHA. As the newest member, he succeeds St. Petersburg attorney Charles Samaha.

Guju, a 53-year-old Palm Harbor resident, is currently president of the Guju Law Firm, as well as owner of First Bay Mortgage, a position he has held since 2003. Guju’s term is through Dec. 1, 2016.

 

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.