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Movers & Shakers

 It's been a busy session for movers and shakers.

Capitol TV reporter becomes new DCF press secretary

Whitney Ray, a reporter for the Capitol News Service, has been named the new press secretary for the Department of Children and Families. Ray, a graduate of the University of Arkansas, has had 12 years experience in the TV news business. He's replaced by Matt Horn, previously with KSNW-TV in Wichita, Kansas.

And there's lots more shuffling in Capitol communications.

Alexis Lambert, who was the communications director for Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater, is the new DCF Communications Director, replacing Joe Follick, a former reporter who left the DCF job in April to take the top communications job at the Florida Department of Education.

Follick, who had been with DCF since October 2009, replaced Cynthia Sucher, who has become communications director for the Florida Office of Early Learning. Laura Woodard, who previously held the job, is now president of a Tampa marketing and communications firm.

And, in another communication change, James Miller, deputy chief communications officer for the Department of Economic Opportunity, left in March to become vice president of communications and marketing for the Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce/Leon County Economic Development Council. Miller was in the DEO position since the agency launched in October 2011.

Carroll's former chief of staff joins Jamestown Associates

John Konkus, former chief of staff to Lt. Gov. Jennifer Carroll, has joined Jamestown Associates as an executive vice president and head of the firm's new Tallahassee office.

Konkus said he'd accepted the job before Carroll's resignation in March though he hadn't left yet when Gov. Rick Scott decided to shutter the lieutenant governor's office. Carroll resigned after investigators questioned her about a nationwide racketeering and fraud investigation involving a veterans' charity that once employed her Jacksonville marketing firm. She has not been charged with a crime.

Before joining Scott's administration, Konkus served as district director to former Congressman Cliff Stearns in Ocala, and as executive assistant to former New York Congressman Sherry Boehlert on Capitol Hill.

Former Scott campaigner joins Stoneridge Group

Anthony Bonna, 25, a senior campaign researcher for Gov. Scott, has joined the Republican campaign firm, the Stoneridge Group, as a senior digital strategist.

A Georgetown University alumnus, Bonna was an early hire of Scott's, working as a legislative affairs director in the Department of State. After a month, he moved to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation as a senior financial management analyst.

In 2011, Bonna became Harris Media's Florida Director. In that role, he directed digital strategy for Florida Congressmen John Mica and Allen West. He was also campaign manager for the congressional campaigns of State Rep. Gayle Harrell and Verizon Executive Karen Diebel. Bonna, based in Orlando, earlier worked on Capitol Hill for former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert

New Scott appointments

Laurel Moore Lee has been appointed by Gov. Scott to the Circuit Court of the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit for Hillsborough County.

Lee, 39, of Tampa, has been an assistant United States Attorney since 2007. She previously served as an assistant federal public defender and practiced with Carlton Fields, P.A. Lee received her bachelor’s and law degrees from the University of Florida. She fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Daniel Sleet to the Second District Court of Appeal.

Gov. Scott appointed Leslie B. Daniels to the Health Care District of Palm Beach County. A graduate of Fordham University, Daniels, 66, of Palm Beach, is a managing partner for CAI Managers & Co., L.P., a private equity firm. He serves on the Investment Advisory Council. The term for Daniels, who fills a vacant seat, runs Monday through Sept. 30, 2016.

Lawyer Christopher C. Nash has been appointed to the Hillsborough County Court. Nash, 41, has practiced with Leavengood, Nash, Dauval, and Boyle, P.A. since 2004. Before that, he practiced with Akerman Senterfitt. Nash received his bachelor’s, master of business administration, and law degrees from the University of Florida. He fills the vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Matthew Lucas to the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court.

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