Personnel note: Tamela Perdue to Sunshine Health

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Tamela I. Perdue is leaving the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) for Sunshine Health, one of the “largest health care plans in Florida.”

Sunshine Health announced the hire in a news release Wednesday.


Perdue was AIF’s general counsel for 10 years, according to her bio, and is an expert on workers’ compensation law. Gov. Rick Scott in April appointed her to the state’s Workers’ Compensation Panel.

At Sunshine Health, Perdue will be senior vice president of legislative and government affairs, handling its lobbying.

She also has been corporate counsel at McConnaughhay, Coonrod, Pope, Weaver & Stern, “a statewide law firm specializing in insurance defense, administrative law and government consulting,” according to the news release and her Florida Bar listing.

She has an undergraduate degree from Lee University in Tennessee and a law degree from Florida’s Stetson University.

The plan also brought on Joshua Spagnola, former deputy chief of staff and legislative affairs director for the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA). He’ll be vice president of legislative and government affairs.

“We are proud to welcome Tammy and Josh to the Sunshine Health team,” said Chris Paterson, CEO and plan president for Sunshine Health. “Their previous experience, guidance and counsel will help us continue to contribute to health care policy in our state.”

Sunshine Health is a wholly owned subsidiary of Centene Corp., “a diversified, multinational health care enterprise focusing on underinsured and uninsured individuals,” according to the release.

Jim Rosica

Jim Rosica is the Tallahassee-based Senior Editor for Florida Politics. He previously was the Tampa Tribune’s statehouse reporter. Before that, he covered three legislative sessions in Florida for The Associated Press. Jim graduated from law school in 2009 after spending nearly a decade covering courts for the Tallahassee Democrat, including reporting on the 2000 presidential recount. He can be reached at [email protected]


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