Fort Lauderdale attorney becomes Florida Bar's first African-American president
Eugene K. Pettis will be sworn in as the 65th and first African American president of the 96,000-member Florida Bar at its annual convention Friday at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
Pettis, a civil trial attorney, is a founding member of Haliczer Pettis & Schwamm in Fort Lauderdale and Orlando. He joined the Bar's Board of Governors in 2005 and has served on the Board of Governors’ executive committee.
Pettis attended Stranahan High School and received both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Florida.
West Palm Beach attorney Gregory W. Coleman will become president-elect of the Bar during the Friday assembly as well. A partner with Burman, Critton, Luttier & Coleman, he becomes president of the Bar in June 2014.
Coleman, who is a Miami native, received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Stetson University. He served this year on the Bar’s Board of Governors’ Budget, Communications and Program Evaluation committees.
Florida health trade group seeking new CEO
The Florida Association of Health Plans, Inc., a trade association representing Florida’s health plans, has formed a search committee to replace Michael Garner, the association’s president and CEO.
Garner is resigning after nearly five years with the association to become vice president of government relations with Amerigroup Florida, Inc., as part of an expanded government relations team. His resignation is effective July 2013.
New legal team at DCF
The Florida Department of Children and Families now has a new legislative affairs team. Timothy Parson has been promoted to the post of legislative affairs director and Nicole Stookey will replace Parson as deputy legislative affairs director.
Prior to joining DCF, Parson worked as a legislative aide in the Florida Senate. Stookey will assume her new post in July. She is rejoining legislative affairs after serving as the communications director for DCF’s Northwest Region.
'Great Floridian': Dr. Charlotte E. Maguire
Dr. Charlotte E. Maguire, who has been a longtime advocate of the medical profession and education, has been presented with a “Great Floridian” award.
Maguire was one of the first female doctors to open a pediatric practice in Orlando in 1952 and she ran the practice for 22 years. During the 1970s, she was one of the highest ranking women in the federal government under the Nixon administration as the Assistant Secretary of Health and Scientific Affairs in the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
She later returned to Florida and helped create the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services, which is now the Department of Health and the Department of Children and Families.
Gov. Rick Scott, who presented the award at Florida State University’s College of Medicine on June 13th, said, “Dr. Maguire has dedicated her life to expanding the medical profession and education in Florida, while also caring for those most in need. She has been a public servant to families across the state and nation who need it most and serves as a role model for our students.”
Maguire, who retired from practicing medicine at 70, has developed the Charlotte Maguire Endowment Scholarship Fund for medical students at Florida State University. She funded and supported the creation of the FSU College of Medicine and in 2005, “The Charlotte Edwards Maguire Medical Library” was named in her honor.
Traveling hasn’t kept Scott from making a slew of appointments.
The governor has appointed James “Bill” Heavener and Dr. Jason Rosenberg to the University of Florida Board of Trustees.
Heavener, 65, of Winter Park, is the chief executive officer and president of Heavener Company and the chief executive officer and co-chairman of Full Sail University. Rosenberg, 44, of Gainesville, is a plastic surgeon with The Orthopaedic Institute. Both will fill vacant seats.
Scott has made five appointments to Early Learning Coalitions across the state:
Julie Daniels, 48, of Palm Harbor, the president and owner of Handyman Matters, has been reappointed to the Early Learning Coalition of Pinellas County.
Christopher Coner, 51, and Remzey Paul Sammarai, 55, both of of Gainesville, have been appointed to the Early Learning Coalition of Alachua County. Coner, who fills a vacant seat, is the managing director of North Florida Wealth Advisors. Sammarai, manager of GreenScapes Property Management, succeeds Deborah Knopf
Connie Anderson, 43, of Lake City, the assistant vice president of Columbia Bank, succeeds John Burns on the Early Learning Coalition of Florida’s Gateway.
David Batten, 55, of Ormond Beach, a managing member of BMJ, CPA, PLC, is reappointed as chair of the Early Leraning Coalition of Volusia and Flagler Counties.
Connie M. Johnson has been reappointed to the Board of Veterinary Medicine. Johnson, 59, of Plant City, is a realtor with Coldwell Banker Real Estate.
Edward Bailey and Marlen “Rick” Hager have been appointed to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota District Board of Trustees.
Bailey, 37, of Palmetto, is the finance manager for Sarasota Ford. Hager, 67, of Bradenton, is the president of Goodwood and Stone Builders LLC. Both are reappointments.
Wendell Davis and Mary Ellen Webb have been appointed to the St. Johns River State College District Board of Trustees.
Davis, 70, of Fleming Island, is the senior vice president of Watson Realty Corp. He fills a vacant seat. Webb, 53, of St. Augustine and the retail market manager for TD Bank, is reappointed to the board..
Dr. Christopher Mark Fallows and Robert J. Priselac have been appointed to the Citrus County Hospital Board.
Fallows, 55, of Crystal River, is an osteopathic physician at Gulf Coast Anesthesia Specialists. Priselac, 64, of Hernando, has been a self-employed contractor for Title Technology since 2010 and is reappointed to the board.
Marla Glover and Susan Mullican have been appointed to the Governor’s Mansion Commission. Glover, 65, of Cocoa Beach, is a retired business owner is a returning board member. Mullican, 54, of Naples, is a sales consultant. Both are reappointments to the board.