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Movers & Shakers

State Insurance Consumer Advocate resigns

Robin Westcott, the state's Insurance Consumer Advocate, is leaving her job after two  years to work in the private sector.

Westcott turned in her resignation Sept. 24th, effective Nov. 1. She'll become vice president of the Illinois-based American Association of Insurance Services.

CFO Jeff Atwater named Westcott  to the job in July 2011. Previously, she was acting deputy of Property and Casualty in the Office of Insurance Regulation. She served on the board of Citizens Property and Casualty Corp. and served on committees looking at changes in Florida's no-fault auto insurance and workers' comp.

Sheila Hopkins leaving Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops

After 11 years, Sheila S. Hopkins is retiring from her position of director of social concerns/Respect Life for the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops.  

During her term, she has represented the bishops on issues of "human life, dignity and social justice before the legislative and executive branches of government and community organizations," according to a press statement.

Prior to joining the Conference, Hopkins served as the Associate Director for Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida.

She'll be replaced by Ingrid M. Delgado, who previously served as a grants specialist and case manager for Catholic Charities of Central Florida Refugee Services.

Jim Scott appointed to transportation authority

James "Jim" Scott, who served in the Florida Senate for 24 years, has been appointed to the South Florida Regional Transportation Authority.

Scott, 71, of Fort Lauderdale, is the chairman and a founding director at Tripp Scott PA. He was Senate president from 1994 to 1996.

He previously served as Lieutenant Commander in the U.S Coast Guard, and as a Broward County Commissioner. He succeeds George Morgan.

Other appointees

Art Graham and Ronald A. Brisé have been named to the Florida Public Service Commission.

Graham, 49, of Jacksonville Beach, is a commissioner of the Florida Public Service Commission.  He has previously served as a Jacksonville Beach city councilman.

Brisé, 39, of Tallahassee, is the current chair of the Florida Public Service Commission. He currently serves as a board member of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners

Dr. Christopher J. Fox, Dr. Danita T. Heagy, Dr. Julie M. Mayer and Ruth E. Pelaez have been apppointed to the Board of Chiropractic Medicine.

Fox, 44, of West Palm Beach, is a chiropractic physician with Fox Spine & Sports Medicine, and an adjunct professor at Palm Beach Atlantic University and Life University. He fills a vacant seat .

Dr. Danita T. Heagy, 53, of St. Augustine, is a chiropractic physician and owner of Danita Thomas Heagy, DC, LLC. Heagy succeeds Dr. Debra Hoffman.

Dr. Julie M. Mayer Hunt, 55, of Crystal Beach, is a self employed chiropractic physician with Mayer Chiropractic. She succeeds Dr. Michael Mathesie.

 Ruth E. Pelaez, 42, of West Palm Beach, is an analyst with the Palm Beach County School District. Previously, she was an insurance agent with State Farm. Pelaez fills a vacant seat.

 Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Nina Di Pietro and Joy A. Tootle to the state Board of Medicine.

Di Pietro, 32, of Oakland Park, is an attorney with the Florida Litigation Law Firm. She succeeds Donald Mullins.

Tootle, 41, of Gainesville, is an adjunct professor with the Kaplan University, School of Legal Studies. She previously served as an assistant general counsel and executive director with the Department of Health, and an assistant attorney general with the Attorney General’s Office. She succeeds Bradley Levine.

Leslie D. Dougher and Sandra D. Foland have been appointed to the Florida Small Business Development Center Statewide Advisory Board. Both fill vacant seats.

Dougher, 49, of Middleburg, is a realtor with Caldwell Banker Vanguard. Foland, 70, of Palm Beach Gardens, is the owner of Baron Sign Manufacturing.

Kristine G. Benson, Janet E. Caramello and Patricia C. Tice have been appointed to the Advisory Council for the Department of Health Website Information Clearinghouse on Developmental Disabilities. All are filling vacant seats.

Benson, 37, of Clearwater, is a technical writer with the business consulting firm Booz, Allen and Hamilton.

Caramello, 46, of St. Petersburg, is a philanthropy director with Children’s Home Society of Florida.

Tice, 43, of Winter Garden, is the president of CREWS LLC, a transportation planning consulting firm.

Appoints are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.