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Movers & Shakers

Dale Chu quits education post

Dale Chu, the chief of staff for former Education Commissioner Tony Bennett, followed Bennett from Indiana to Florida. Now Chu is following his boss in another decision -- he, too, is resigning from the Florida Department of Education.

Bennett resigned last week amid revelations that he intervened in the grading system in Indiana to benefit a charter school run by a prominent Republican Party donor.

Chu, who had been assistant state superintendent in Indiana, resigned his post on Friday.

Dara Kam now with News Service

Dara Kam, who covered state politics for nine years at the Palm Beach Post, this week started working as a reporter for the News Service of Florida.

She'll play a"key role in legislative and campaign coverage and bolster reporting on Gov. Rick Scott's administration,according to the News Service.

During the past 15 years, Kam has been a fixture covering the Florida Legislature as well as state campaigns and major stories, including the 2000 presidential-election recount, Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Kam was also a reporter for the Associated Press and the Gannett News Service.

Matt Carter joins consulting firm

Matt Carter, former Public Service Commission Chairman and current member of the governing board of the state university system, has joined the Tallahassee consulting firm of Ramos &Sparks Group.

Carter will be responsible for the firm's issue and executive branch advocacy efforts in the areas of energy, telecommunications, technology, education and business. He has served in senior roles for then-Insurance Commissioner Bill Nelson, and also in the administration of former Gov. Jeb Bush as Deputy Secretary for the Department of Management Services.

Carter was Chairman of the PSC from 2008-10 and he was in the Florida Legislature for seven years.  In March, 2012, Scott appointed Carter to the Florida Board of Governors, the statewide board charged with oversight for Florida's 12 public universities.

Fatima Perez joins lobbying team

Fatima Perez has joined the Florida lobbying team of the Southern Strategy Group. Perez, a graduate of Florida International University, has more than 15 years experience in governmental and external affairs at the state legislative and municipal levels of government, and in the corporate communications industry.

She was previously corporate external affairs advocate for BellSouth/AT&T and a legislative aide in the Florida House of Representatives and the Florida Senate.

Governor appointments

Scott announced the appointment of Judge Stacy M. Ross to the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.

Ross, 43, of Fort Lauderdale, has been a Broward County Court Judge since 2005. She previously served as an Assistant State Attorney in the Seventeenth Circuit. Ross received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Nova Southeastern University. She fills a vacancy created by the death of Judge Susan Aramony.

Peter Crocitto, 52, of Panama City, ha been reappointed to the Commission for Independent Education. Crocitto is the executive executive vice president and chief operating officer of Southeastern Colleges.

Ray Dubuque has been appointed, and Leonard A. Tylka reappointed, to the Florida Housing Finance Corporation. Dubuque, 63, of Panama City, is retired and previously served as the regional director of external affairs for AT&T. He succeeds Lynn M. Stultz. Tylka, 61, of Jupiter, is the president of LTA Builders Inc.

There are three appointments and two reappointments to the Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling.

Sandra M. Barlow, 63, of Tallahassee, a self-employed licensed clinical social worker and therapist, is reappointed.

Jamie Buller, 56, of Jacksonville, a licensed clinical social worker and case manager with St. Vincent’s Healthcare, succeeds Sue White.

Denise Cecil-Van Den Heuvel,57, of West Palm Beach, a self-employed psychotherapist and program director at South University, succeeds Franklin Roberts.

William F. Cavitt, 73, of Pensacola, a self-employed licensed mental health counselor, fills a vacant seat.

Helen Ann Douglas, 73, of Pensacola, a retired dental hygienist, is reappointed.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Scott has made four appointments and eight reappointments to the One Church One Child of Florida Corporation.

Gregory Brown, 33, of Tampa, a bridge inspector with Cardno TBE, fills a vacant seat.

Lucdel Harrigan, 55, of Pembroke Pines, a pastor at Grace Haitian Baptist, is reappointed.

Sharon R. Patterson, 73, of Sanford, a  former  teacher at Woodland Elementary School, fills a vacant seat.

Lee M. Sapp, 46, of Loxahatchee, the owner of Transcripts by Sapp, succeeds Linda F. Johnson.

Kimberly Thomas, 41, of Tallahassee, a relief coordinator with the Department of Corrections, succeeds Andrew L. Hindman.

Eustace Douglas, 70, of West Palm Beach,  a pastor at the Joy of Living Church of God, is reappointed.

Carmalita Hawkins, 40, of Tallahassee, an unemployment appeals consultant, is reappointed.

Admiral O. Henderson, 60, of Tallahassee, the privatization coordinator for the Department of Children and Families, is reappointed.

Beverly Lane, 71, of Tampa, a minister at Bethel AME church, is reappointed.

Deanna Smith, 64, of Stuart, a pastor at Wings of Deliverance, is reappointed.

Rev. Marian Tucker, 66, of Fort Pierce, a minister at Voice of Deliverance, is reappointed.

Emmett Wiseman, 76, of Plant City, a pastor at Bethel Church, is reappointed.