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Movers & Shakers

Sen. Grimsley named to new human trafficking council

Sen. Denise Grimsley, R-Sebring, has been appointed by Senate President Don Gaetz to the Statewide Council on Human Trafficking, which was established by the legislature this session.

The first meeting of the 15-member council will be held at 2 p.m. Aug. 18th in Room 214 of the Knott Building at the Capitol.

Grimsley, chairwoman of the Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations Subcommittee, is the newest addition to the council. Rep. Jeanette Nunez, R-Miami, was appointed by House Speaker Will Weatherford. The two remaining members will be appointed by Gov. Rick Scott.

Attorney General Pam Bondi, the council's chairman, appointed Miami-Dade State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle; Martin County Sheriff William SnyderTerry Coonan, executive director of the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights; and Dotti Groover-Skipper, chairwoman of the Community Campaign Against Human Trafficking to the council.

The other members are Mike Carroll, interim secretary of the state Department of Children and Families, who will serve as vice chairman; State Surgeon General Dr. John ArmstrongElizabethDudek, Secretary of the state Agency for Health Care Administration; Florida Department of Law Enforcement Commissioner Gerald Bailey; Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Interim SecretaryChristina Daly; and Education Commissioner Pam Stewart.

Florida ethics commission elects a new chairman

Linda McKee Robison, the former vice chairman of the Florida Commission on Ethics, was elected its chairman at the panel's July 25th meeting.

Robison, who is a partner in the Corporate Transactions Group of Shutts & Bowen, LLP, has served on the commission since 2011.

New leader takes the helm of sheriff's association

David Shoar, St. Johns County's sheriff for 10 years,  has been elected the new president of the Florida Sheriffs Association. 

University trustees

Thomas Grady, president of Grady Law, has been named to the Florida Gulf Coast University Board of Trustees.  Grady, 56, of Naples, previously served as a member of the state House of Representatives from 2008 to 2010. He fills a vacant seat for a term ending Jan. 6, 2016.

 The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for 22 Board of Trustee positions throughout the state university system.

There is one vacant position each at Florida A&M University and the University of Florida and two vacant positions at these public state universities: Florida Atlantic University, Florida Gulf Coast University, Florida International University, Florida Polytechnic University, Florida State University, New College of Florida, University of Central Florida, University of North Florida, University of South Florida and University of West Florida.

The Board of Governors' policy is to limit service to two five-year terms. Incumbents who are completing their first term may reapply. Applications to the Board of Governors are due by Sept. 30, 2014. For more information, visit

New faces on councils, boards & other panels

Ilia Matos and Levi Williams have been reappointed by Scott to the Commission for Independent Education. Their new terms end June 30, 2017.

Matos, 50, of Orlando, is the senior vice president of academic affairs for Southern Technical College. Williams, 45, of Fort Lauderdale, is a self-employed attorney.

Michael Long and Mark O'Loughlin have been appointed to the Broward County Housing Authority, and Mercedes Nunez has been reappointed.

Long, of Lighthouse Point, chief development officer of the Broward Partnership for the Homeless, and O'Loughlin, of Pembroke Pines, president of TradeMark Graphics, both fill vacant seats.. Nunez, of Davie, is retired.

Scott has picked two new appointees and reappointed four others to the Florida Rehabilitation Council.

Christine Goulbourne, 41, of Trinity, and the director of programs at the Family Network on Disabilities, fills a vacant seat. Her term ends June 30, 2016.

John Pribanic, 39, of Bushnell, the CEO of the Diversity Initiative, succeeds Dr. Mohammad Choudhry and is appointed for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Shawn Peters, 39, of Royal Palm Beach, a vocational rehabilitation counselor for the Florida Department of Education, is reappointed for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Janet Servet, 57, of Edgewater, the executive director of New Horizons Service Dogs, is reappointed for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Kara Tucker, 30, of Neptune Beach, a counselor for Disabilities Resource Center, is reappointed for a term ending June 30, 2017.

Rebecca Witonsky, 38, of Boca Raton, an advocate for persons with disabilities, is reappointed for a term ending June 30, 2017.

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