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Governor picks 7 for Volunteer Florida board

On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced three appointments and four reappointments, including Pensacola Mayor Ashton Hayward, to the Florida Commission on Community Service, otherwise known as Volunteer Florida.

Volunteer Florida is the lead state agency for volunteerism and national service, administering $31.7 million in federal, state, and local funding for programs throughout Florida. The agency is led by a bipartisan board appointed by the governor and confirmed by the Florida Senate.

Hayward, 45, will fill a vacant seat for a term ending Sept. 14, 2018.

Genean McKinnon, 66, of Winter Park, is the president of McKinnon Associates Inc. She succeeds Frank Nappo for a term ending Sept. 14, 2018.

Cynthia “Cindy” O’Connell, 58, of Tallahassee, is the former secretary of the Florida Department of Lottery. She succeeds Linda Gonzalez for a term ending Sept. 14, 2017.

James Croteau, 69, of Tallahassee, is the interim chief executive officer of American Second Harvest of the Big Bend. He is reappointed for a term ending Sept. 14, 2018.

Autumn Karlinksy, 42, of Weston, is a volunteer and fundraiser with Imagine Charter School. She is reappointed for a term ending Sept. 14, 2018.

Natalia Martinez, 29, of Pembroke Pines, is the previous chief innovation and technology officer for Roots of Hope. She is reappointed for a term ending Sept. 14, 2018.

Kerry Schultz, 40, of Gulf Breeze, is an attorney with Fountain, Schultz and Associates. She is reappointed for a term ending Sept. 14, 2018.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist, editor and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing, reporting and management experience, Phil produced content for both print and online, in addition to founding several specialty websites, including HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range included covering news, local government and entertainment reviews for Patch.com, technical articles, and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine as well as advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as editor and production manager for Extensive Enterprises Media since 2013 and lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul. He can be reached at phil.ammann@gmail.com.

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