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Movers & Shakers

New chairman for Citizens Board of Governors

Chris Gardner, a veteran of the retail insurance brokerage business, has been named chairman of the Board of Governors for Citizens Property Insurance Corp.by Florida CFO Jeff Atwater.

Gardner, a resident of Winter Park, has 20 years of experience in the retail insurance brokerage business with a specific focus in commercial property and casualty insurance. He has served as a member of the Citizens board since his appointment in July 2011.

“In his 20 years in the insurance industry, Chris has proved himself to be a person of high character and sound judgment who shares my high expectations for how a corporation such as Citizens should be managed,” Atwater said in a news release.

Gardner is the managing shareholder of Kuykendall Gardner, LLC, a Florida-based insurance broker doing business since 1953. Neither the firm collectively nor Gardner personally has any current business interests in Citizens, according to the release. He has been a past chairman of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce and is a past vice chairman of the City of Orlando Municipal Planning Board.

Gardner succeeds Carlos Lacasa as chairman of the Citizen’s board.

Another change: Sen. President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, has appointed Freddie Schinz to the Citizens Board of Governors.

Schinz has more than 40 years of experience as a statewide commercial builder. He replaces Carol Everhart.

Gaetz picks

Gaetz has appointed Sen. Anitere Flores (R-Miami) to the Southern States Energy Board, Sen. John Legg (R-Lutz) to the Education Commission of the States, Sen. Bill Montford (D-Tallahassee) to the Workforce Florida, Inc., Board of Directors, and Sen. Kelli Stargel (R-Lakeland) to the Florida High School Athletic Association Public Liaison Advisory Committee.

Flores, 36, is an attorney and CEO of Doral College. Legg, 38, is a long-time Pasco County educator and the Senate Education Committee Chair. Montford, 65, is the CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Stargel, 47, is an investment property manager in Lakeland.

New appointment for Judicial Nominating Commission

Attorney Richard E. “Rick” Mitchell, 43, has been appointed to the Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission.

Mitchell, who fills a vacancy, is a shareholder with GrayRobinson, P.A.

New lobbyist

Attorney Bruce Burleson will be a new lobbyist focusing on transportation issues in Ballard Partners’ Tallahassee office.

Burleson’s legal experience includes representing highway contractors in disputes and negotiations with the Florida Department of Transportation and local airport authorities, as well as drafting transportation-related legislation.

He previously served as a legislative correspondent for U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) and staff assistant to former U.S. Rep. Clay Shaw.

Alan Landman reappointed to college board

Attorney Alan Landman has been reppointed to the Eastern Florida State College District Board of Trustees.

Landman, 50, of Indialantic, and the owner of Alan Landman PA., serves as the chairperson on the 18th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.

The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

New members for Medicaid pharmaceutical board

Gov. Rick Scott announced one appointment and 10 reappointments to the Medicaid Pharmaceutical and Therapeutics Committee.

Dr. Gary E. Winchester, 63, of Tallahassee, is a family physician with Tallahassee Primary Care Associates. He succeeds Dr. Daniel Kantor.

Reappointed are:

Jennifer Lalani, 52, of Windermere, a district pharmacy supervisor with CVS Caremark in Orlando.

Philip G. Stalas, 55, of Clearwater, the director of pharmacy operations for WellCare in Tampa

Dr. Timothy L. Sternberg, 60, of Jacksonville, a physician with Heekin Orthopedic Specialists

Dr. Mark L. Hudak, 59, of Jacksonville, a professor and chairman at the University of Florida, College of Medicine

Dr. Francis T. Schwerin, 57, of Naples, the president of Cardio-Imaging of Naples, Inc.

Dr. John T. Bailey, 54, of Tallahassee, a self-employed psychiatrist and doctor of osteopathic medicine

Richard B. Foley, 39, of Sorrento, a consultant pharmacist for Omnicare Central Florida

Seyed M. “Dante” Kazerounian, 48, of St. Petersburg, a clinical systems pharmacist at All Children’s Hospital.

Natasha E. Robinson, 36, of Miramar, a clinical pharmacist with XL Health, United Health Group

Julie A. Price, 41, of Punta Gorda, a spine consultant with Medtronic, Inc.