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Movers & Shakers

Former Junior League president and police chief appointed to human trafficking council 

Lee Lowry, a former president of The Junior League of Tampa, and Philip Thorne, Springfield's police chief, have been picked by Gov.Rick Scott to fill the two remaining seats on the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking.

The council, which was created during the legislative session to develop recommendations for programs and services for victims of human trafficking and maximize existing resources, will have its first meeting at 2 p.m. Aug. 18 in Room 214 of the Knott Building at the Capitol. 

The other members of the 15-member council are Attorney General Pam Bondi, the council's chairman; Mike Carroll, interim secretary of the state Department of Children and Families, who will serve as vice chairman; State Surgeon General Dr. John ArmstrongElizabeth Dudek, Secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration; Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey; Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Interim Secretary Christina Daly; and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart; Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle; Martin County Sheriff William Snyder; Terry Coonan, executive director of the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights; Dotti Groover-Skipper, chairwoman of the Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking; Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring; and Rep. Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami.

New faces on the Commission on the Status of Women

Nancy Acevedo and Dhyana Ziegler have been appointed to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Acevedo, 65, of Winter Springs, is an intelligence analyst with the Seminole County Sheriff's Office.

Ziegler, 65, of Tallahassee, is the Garth C. Reeves eminent scholar chair of journalism at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.

Four added to the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council

Scott announced three appointments and one reappointment to the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council.

The new appointees are Douglas Bournique, 63, of Vero Beach, the executive vice president of the Indian River Citrus League; Jill Creech, 54, of Palm City, the Southeast Florida District director for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection; and Kelly Smallridge, 48, of West Palm Beach, the president and chief executive officer of the Business Development Board of Palm Beach County. 

Peter Sachs, 66, of Boca Raton, the managing partner of Sachs Sax Caplan, is reappointed to a term.

New appointees to the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind Board of Trustees

Christine Chapman and Linda DiGonzalez have been named to the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind Board of Trustees.

Chapman, 49, of St. Augustine, is a former staffing specialist for the Florida School for the Deaf and the Blind. She succeeds Yolanda Rodriguez.

DiGonzalez, 59, of Tallahassee, the director of volunteers for senior citizens for Westminster Oaks, fills a vacant seat.

New judges in Broward County Court

Kal Le Var Evans and Daniel Kanner have been appointed by Scott to the Broward County Court.

Evans, 37, of Fort Lauderdale, has served as assistant state attorney for the 17th Judicial Circuit since 2003. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Michigan and his law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Evans fills a vacancy created by the resignation of Judge Joseph Murphy.

Kanner, 49, of Plantation, is a partner with Bauman & Kanner, P.A., where he has practiced since 1998. From 1992-1998, he served as Broward assistant state attorney. He received his bachelor's and law degrees from the University of Florida. Kanner fills a vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Edward Merrigan to the Circuit Court.

Two new members on the Florida Council on Arts and Culture

Jamie Bristow, 45, of Pensacola, and Hope McMath, 43, of Jacksonville, have been selected to the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

Bristow, the president of Nonprofit Match Inc., fills a vacant seat. McMath, 43, the director of the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens, succeeds Elizabeth Wester.

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