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Movers & Shakers

Longtime legislative analyst retiring from Children, Families and Elder Affairs Committee

Carol Preston will be retiring after a long career with the legislature at the end of the year. Preston, the chief legislative analyst for the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs, served for five years in the Senate and 14 years in the House.

Praising Preston at a Dec. 10th meeting of the Senate Committee on Children, Families and Elder Affairs, Sen. Nancy Detert, said the analyst “personally wrote most of the laws that we’re dealing with and fixed the ones that needed fixing.

“I know I couldn’t do my work on this committee without Carol Preston,” said Detert, R-Venice. "Just want her to know how grateful I am for her and always will be for her wonderful work. I think what people want to know at the end of their work career is ‘Did your life matter?’ And Carol Preston’s life certainly mattered to all of us.”

The committee also announced the addition of two new staffers. Peggy Sanford, who was an attorney with the Department of Children & Families, will be replacing Preston as the new chief legislative analyst. Barbara Crosier, an attorney who was the director of the Division of State Group Health Insurance at the Department of Management Services, is replacing Ashley Daniell as chief attorney. Daniell left the Senate for the private sector.

New communications director for Sen. Bean

Meghan Tarsitano is the new communications director for Sen. Aaron Bean, R-Fernandina Beach. Tarsitano previously worked for U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw's re-election campaign.

Governor appointees

Elena Spottswood, a Key West community activist, has been appointed by Attorney General Pam Bondi to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Spottswood serves on the boards of directors of the San Carlos Institute and Be the Change Florida Keys. Her term expires Dec. 31, 2015.

Arthur “Chip” Diehl III, of Tampa, has been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Hillsborough Community College District Board of Trustees.

Diehl, the managing director at Diehl Associates, is a retired brigadier general with the U.S. Air Force. He is also a member of the Florida Defense Support Task Force and the vice president of Tampa Bay Defense Alliance.

Scott has made two appointments and one reappointment to the Florida Real Estate Commission.

Elias Chotas, 66, of Edgewood, an attorney with Dean, Mead, Egerton, Bloodworth, Capouano, Bozarth PA., succeeds Michael Guju on the commission.

Richard Fryer, 67, of Lake Mary, a real estate broker and president of Southern Style Real Estate Inc., succeeds Richard DeNapoli.

Claude Boring, 65, of Sebring, the president of Re/Max Realty Plus, is reappointed for a new term. All these terms started Dec. 13th and end Oct. 31, 2017.

Michael C. Roy has been appointed to the Florida Real Estate Appraisal Board. Roy, 62, of Jacksonville, is the vice president of Lampe, Roy & Associates Inc. He succeeds Joni Herndon.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

If you have changes to announce, send your items to Rochelle Koff at rkoff@tampabay.