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Movers & Shakers

Tampa Bay Times reporter becomes Board of Governors spokeswoman

Tampa Bay Times reporter Brittany Davis has been hired as the new director of communications for the Board of Governors, which oversees the state university system. She starts her new job Dec. 11th just as there's a change of leadership in the university system, with Marshall Criser III becoming chancellor Jan. 6.

Davis was a municipal government reporter in the Clearwater bureau the past year, covering Tarpon Springs and Safety Harbor. She was previously a reporter in the Tallahassee Tampa Bay Times/Miami Herald capital bureau.

Davis was also a reporter for Health News Florida and WLRN, South Florida's NPR affiliate. She has her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Florida.

She replaces Kim Wilmath, who has taken a job as associate director, higher education policy analysis at the University of South Florida. Wilmath was previously a Tampa Bay Times reporter.

Labor lawyer joins Tallahassee firm of Adams and Reese

Florida labor and employment attorney Scott Callen has joined Adams and Reese as a partner in the firm’s Tallahassee and Tampa offices. 

Callen, with 15 years experience as a labor and employment attorney,  was most recently an equity partner at Foley & Lardner LLP. He also has experience in civil litigation, corporate counseling, administrative and commercial litigation.

Governor appointees

Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Mario Bailey and Nelson L. Hernandez to the South Florida Regional Planning Council and reappointed Sandra Walters.

Bailey, 32, of Miami, a government relations consultant for Becker and Poliakoff, fills a vacant seat. 

Hernandez, 28, of Miami Lakes, the president of Absolute Advantage Solutions,  succeeds Jose Riesco.

Walters, 61, of Lower Sugarloaf Key, who has been reappointed, is the president and owner of Sandra Walters Consultants Inc.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

Jennifer Girling, 41 of Pembroke Pines, has been appointed to the Area Ten Family Care Council.  Girling, a financial planner for Mark Marandino Inc., succeeds Belkis Almedia on the council.

Timothy D. Backer and Dr. Louis Kirschner have been reappointed to the South Florida State College District Board of Trustees. Backer, 57, of Arcadia, is the owner of a real estate appraisal company. Kirschner, 72, of Arcadia, is a retired chiropractic physician.