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Movers & Shakers

Israel named to council on violent crime and drug control

New Broward County Sheriff Scott J. Israel has been appointed to the 14-member Florida Violent Crime and Drug Control Council. Israel defeated incumbent Al Lamberti in November.

Volusia County Sheriff Ben F. Johnson, 62, of Deland, has been reappointed to the council.

The council provides advice and makes recommendations on issues including gang criminal investigations, money laundering and drug control.

Teachers recognized at Cabinet meeting

Five of the 2013-2014 District Teachers of the Year were recognized at Tuesday's Cabinet meeting:

Carrie Cooper, Columbia County, Columbia High School

Deborah Hodge, Dixie County, Dixie County High School

Kathy Griffin, Hamilton County, Central Hamilton Elementary School

Nicole Roddenberry, Jefferson County, Jefferson County Elementary School

Kelli Williams, Suwannee County, Suwannee Primary School

Scott, Brogan at TaxWatch awards for cost-cutting employees

Scott will be speaking at the Florida TaxWatch's awards ceremony for state employees who have contributed innovative and cost-saving ideas. The 25th Annual Prudential - Davis Productivity Awards gala will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. June 5 at the Florida State University, University Center Club. 

The ceremony will grant 191 awards to state employees from the Tallahassee/Northwest Florida area. Frank Brogan, chancellor of the state university system, will serve as master of ceremonies. 

FMA tweaks government affairs team

The Florida Medical Association is making some changes in its government affairs team, with some staffers getting new titles and more responsibility.

Katie Ballard, director of legislative affairs, will play a key part on the FMA's lobbying team along with fundraising efforts.

Eric Carr, legislative and political grassroots coordinator, will be responsible for rebuilding the FMA legislative key contact program.   

Michelle Jacquis, director of policy management and legislative operations, will track bills introduced in the legislature and coordinate public policy positions.

Holly Miller, governmental affairs counsel, will assume a more active role on the FMA lobbying team.

Monte Stevens, director of governmental affairs and public policy, will manage the FMA’s in-house lobbying team.

FMA General Counsel Jeff Scott providea legal and policy guidance and will draft bills and amendments.

Executive Vice President Timothy J. Stapleton will be responsible for developing and implementing the FMA's overall legislative and political strategy.

Anfield Consulting, KCopeland merge

The Tallahassee-based public affairs firm Anfield Consulting has announced a merger with KCopeland, Inc., a governmental affairs, issue advocacy and strategic communications group based in Vincent, Alabama. 

KCopeland’s chief consultant, Kathy Copeland, will expand Anfield’s engineering, agriculture, water infrastructure and general consulting services into Alabama and Georgia.

Anfield is a boutique firm specializing in legislative, agency and local government representation.
Law firm enhances its government staff

Holland & Knight is expanding its Florida Government Advocacy Team with the addition of Mark Delegal and Josh Aubuchon. Delegal has joined as a partner and Aubuchon has joined as an associate, both in the firm's Tallahassee office. Both attorneys were previously with Pennington P.A.

Delegal, who serves as General Counsel to the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida, is also involved in the Medicaid appropriations process for public hospitals and other healthcare entities.

Auuchon serves as the executive director and general counsel of the Florida Brewers Guild. He has also served as legislative analyst for the Senate Committee on Regulated Industries and was a law clerk for the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco.

University of North Florida student body president to represent peers

Carlo Fassi, student body president at the University of North Florida, was elected the chair of the Florida Student Association. The 22-year-old will serve as the student representative on the state university system's Board of Governors.

Fassi, who will represent more than 335,000 state university students, will  be a full voting member of the 17-member board, which sets policy for Florida’s 12 public universities.

New judge named to Court of Appeal

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Orange County Circuit Judge Frederic Rand Wallis to the Fifth District Court of Appeal.

Wallis, 45, of Orlando, has served as a circuit judge on the Ninth Judicial Circuit since 2008. He has a law degree from Stetson University.

Dems reshape communications team

Florida Democratic Party Chair Allison Tant makes more some staff changes. Lois Frankel campaign alum Joshua Karp becomes communications director, replacing Brannon Jordan. Karp most recently worked as communications director at the Virginia Senate Democratic Caucus.

Casey Nesselhauf, who has been hired as research director, spent four years as a researcher for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and previously worked for Democratic consulting firm.

Max Steele, a researcher and tracker on the staff, has been has been promoted to press secretary.

Judicial nominating appointees named

Kim L. Kaszuba, 43, of Ozona, a partner with the law firm of Koch, Hoffman & Kaszuba, P.A., has been appointed to the Eighteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. Kaszuba succeeds Thomas Masterson.

Scott has appointed three members of the Sixth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission:

Kip R. Beacham, 48, of Oviedo, a captain with the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office. Beacham succeeds Jason Brodeur.

Steven D. Kramer, 36, of Altamonte Springs, the managing attorney of the Kramer Law Firm, P.A. Kramer succeeds Anthony Hall.
Timi D. Tucker, 45, of Melbourne, an attorney with Tucker Mitnik, Professional Association.Tucker succeeds Erin O’Leary.
David B. Earle, 54, of Palm City, has been appointed to the Nineteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

More Scott appointees

Scott appointed Michael J. Guju to the Pinellas County Housing Authority and reappointed Angela Rouson and Alan L. Swartz.

Guju, 53, of Palm Harbor, the president of Guju Law Firm, succeeds Charles Samaha.

Rouson, 46, of St. Petersburg, the marketing coordinator for Bayfront Health Systems, and Swartz, 54, of Pinellas Park, a certified public accountant at Swartz and Company P.A., have been reappointed.

Richard Klaas and Christian Spilker have been appointed to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees.

Klaas, 68, of Naples, an investor, is a previous vice chairman of the Collier County Industrial Development Authority. Spilker, 40, of Naples, is vice president of land management for Collier Enterprises.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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