Rick Scott announces 31 state board appointments

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On Friday, Gov. Rick Scott announced 15 reappointments and 16 appointments to a range of state boards and panels.

Valencia State College District board of trustees

Tracy Stockwell, 53, of Orlando, is the senior vice president and chief financial officer of Universal Orlando. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Windsor, Ontario. Stockwell succeeds Jason Crossman, and is appointed for a term ending May 31, 2021.

Stockwell’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Broward College District board of trustees

Glorida Fernandez, 56, of Dania Beach, is the chief operating officer of HB Capital. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Miami. Fernandez is reappointed for a term ending May 31, 2021.

Fernandez’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Santa Fe College District board of trustees

Blake Fletcher, 35, of Gainesville, is the CEO of Fletcher Family Companies. He received his bachelor’s degree from Millsap College. Fletcher is reappointed for a term ending May 31, 2021.

Fletcher’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Southwestern State College District board of trustees

Mike Boose, 53, of Naples, is the director of human relations and organization development for Arthrex. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Boose is appointed to fill a vacant seat for a term ending May 31, 2021.

Boose’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Pasco-Hernando State College District board of trustees

John Mitten, 47, of Brooksville, is a small-business owner. He received his bachelor’s degree from the Florida State University. Mitten is appointed to a vacant seat for a term ending May 31, 2019.

Mitten’s appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Board of Pilot Commissioners

Carolyn Kurtz, 53, of Tampa, is a harbor pilot with the Tampa Bay Pilots Association. She is reappointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2021.

Brian Seuter, 50, of Fernandina Beach, is a harbor pilot with the Saint Johns River Bar Pilots. He succeeds James Winegeart and is appointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2021.

The Board of Pilot Commissioners is responsible for licensing and regulating harbor pilots.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board

Armando del Valle, 58, of Miami Lakes, is the vice president of del Valle and Associates. He is reappointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2021.

Justin Recca, 43, of Altamonte Springs, is the owner of Innovative Realty, LLC. He is appointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2020.

Headquartered in Orlando, the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board (FREAB) consists of nine members. The FREAB administers and enforces the real estate appraiser license law under Florida Statutes.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Board of Hearing Aid Specialists

Randy Ellsworth, 58, of Port Saint Lucie, is a hearing aid expert for Encore Hearing Consultants. He is reappointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2020.

John Fischer, 61, of Tallahassee, is a hearing aid specialist for Hearing Lab Technology. He is reappointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2018.

Leanne Polhill, 51, of Port Orange, is the owner of Encore Hearing Care. She is reappointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2020.

Maria Hernandez, 83, of Melbourne, is a former administrator for PearsonVue. She is reappointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2018.

Thomas Hollern, of Tallahassee, is a school supervisor for Leon County Schools. He is reappointed for a term ending Oct. 31, 2021.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Commission on Ethics

Daniel Brady, 70, of Miami Shores, is retired. He is reappointed for a term ending June 30, 2019.

Kimberly Rezanka, 52, of Merritt Island, is an attorney with Cantwell and Goldman P.A. She is reappointed for a term ending June 30, 2019.

Guy Norris, 55, of Lake City, is an attorney with Norris and Norris P.A. He is reappointed for a term ending June 30, 2019.

Ashley Coone, 35, of Arcadia, is a president at ASC Consulting and Marketing and previously served as the DeSoto County Clerk of the Circuit Court. She fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term ending June 30, 2018.

The Commission on Ethics is a nine-member board based in Tallahassee, that serves as a guardian of the standards of conduct for officers and employees of Florida and its political subdivisions. The independent commission is responsible for investigating and issuing public reports on complaints of breach of the public trust by public officers and employees.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

James Patrick Memorial Work Incentive Personal Attendant Services and Employees Assistance Program Oversight Council

Jennifer Cannon, 45, of Saint Johns, is the director of legal affairs and human resources for East Coast Habilitation Options. She fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

Robert Cox, 51, of Panama City, is the executive director of the Disability Resource Center of Panama City. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

The James Patrick Memorial Work Incentive Personal Assistant Services program provides financial assistance to individuals who are gainfully employed with severe or chronic disabilities that require assistance from a personal care attendant (PCA) for at least two daily activities needing self-care, including bathing, dressing, eating, grooming, toileting and other similar tasks.

The program is primarily funded by the Tax Collection Enforcement Diversion program, where delinquent tax owners have an opportunity to pay back the taxes instead of prosecution and jail time.

Florida Council on Arts and Culture

Katharine Dickenson, of Vero Beach, has been a community volunteer since 1973. She is reappointed for a term ending Dec. 31, 2019.

Hope McMath, of Jacksonville, is the founder and director of Yellow House, LLC. She is reappointed for a term ending Dec. 31, 2018.

Lois Benson, of Pensacola, is a board member of the Emerald Coast Utility Authority. She fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term ending Dec. 31, 2019.

Jason Tapia, of Miami, is the owner of Building Center No. 3, LLC. He succeeds Kathryn Townsend and is appointed for a term ending Dec. 31, 2021.

Maria Emilia Faedo, of Tampa, is an artist and a retired arts administrator. She succeeds Robert Judd and is appointed for a term ending Dec. 31, 2018.

The Council on Arts and Culture is the 15-member advisory council which advises the Secretary of State on matters of cultural grant funding and on issues pertaining to Florida culture.

Lake Shore Hospital Authority

Dr. Mark Thompson, 60, of Lake City, is a radiation oncologist with Cancer Care of North Florida. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term ending May 12, 2020.

Jay Swisher, 36, of Lake City, is the director of the public safety training center at Florida Gateway College. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term ending Aug. 22, 2020.

Rehabilitation Council for the Blind

Paul Kurtz, 65, of Jacksonville, is a retired computer specialist with Fleet Readiness Center. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida Southern College and his master’s degree from Florida State University. Kurtz is appointed to a vacant seat for a term ending Aug. 31, 2019.

Denise Valkema, 56, of Miami, is the current president of the National Federation of the Blind of Florida. She received her bachelor’s degree from Clearwater Christian College. Valkema is appointed to fill a vacant seat for a term ending Aug. 31, 2020.

Rose Conry, 58, of Orange Park, is the chief executive officer of StaffTime Jacksonville. She also serves as a board member of CareerSource Florida. Conry is appointed to fill a vacant seat for a term ending Aug. 31, 2019.

Michael Wiseman, 39, of Hialeah, is a job developer for Workforce Solutions of South Florida. He also serves as a member of the Florida Council of the Blind. Wiseman is reappointed for a term ending Aug. 31, 2020.

The Rehabilitation Council for the Blind consists of 20 members appointed by the Governor, with the majority being blind or visually impaired, and reviews, analyzes and advises on policy decisions and evaluates the efficiency of the state Division of Blind Services.

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