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Movers & Shakers

Update on the Status of Women: Melissa Hagan has been appointed by Senate President Don Gaetz, R-Niceville, to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

Hagan and her husband, Aaron, own Emerald Coast Interview Consulting, and she recently served as chief development Ooficer for Gulf Coast State College. Hagan, of Lynn Haven, is a former teacher, curriculum designer and caseworker for at-risk youth.

The Commission, established in 1991, makes recommendations to the legislature, governor and cabinet on issues affecting women.

Her term starts immediately and expires Oct. 1, 2017.

Connie Mack IV joins public relations firm:  The former Florida congressman and state representative has joined Levick, a Washington D.C.-based public relations & communications firm, as an executive vice president.

Mack will also lead Levick's expansion into Florida and will open the firm's Miami office.

Mack was a former U.S. congressman representing parts of Southwest Florida from 2005 to 2013. He lost his bid for the U.S. Senate in 2012. Mack became the CEO and founder of Liberty International Group and Mack Strategies.

Mack represented the 91st House district of Florida for two terms. He's the son of a U.S. senator and the greatgrandson of baseball Hall of Famer Connie Mack.

Moving to the private sector:  Tom Griffin, former chief of staff to state Sen. Rob Bradley, R-Fleming Island, has joined The Fiorentino Group government relations firm. Griffin will be working as a principal in Fiorentino's Tallahassee office, according to the company.

Two new additions to Tallahassee law firm: Reggie L. Bouthillier and Kenneth B. Metcalf have joined the Tallahassee office of Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson. P.A., which has expanded its land development, environmental & government affairs team.

Bouthillier joined the firm after 22 years at Greenberg Traurig, where he chaired the Tallahassee environmental and land development department.

Metcalf's experience includes 16 years with the Florida Department of Community Affairs where he served as a regional administrator and 10 years as planning director at Greenberg Traurig.

At the James Madision Institute: Al Nuzzo has joined the institute as the vice president of policy and director of the institute's Center for Economic Prosperity.

Nuzzo's previous positions have included research and public policy manager for the Florida Chamber Foundation and chief of staff with the Florida State University Alumni Association.

New appointees: Gaetz has appointed former state Representative Jerry Melvin to the Florida Department of Elder Affairs Council.

Melvin, a Fort Walton Beach Republican who represented Northwest Florida for 18 years during two separate terms, has had a career in the radio industry, among other fields, and he is currently president of the Okaloosa Elder Services Board.

Melvin began his radio career at WCNH in Quincy and spent years at WTFW in Fort Walton Beach. He previously served as manager of the Okaloosa Island Authority and manager of public relations and group services administration with Chromalloy Compressor Technologies in Fort Walton Beach. He is the immediate past president of the Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge Board of Directors, president of the Okaloosa Anti-Drug Coalition Board and president-elect of the Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis Club.

Gaetz has also appointed former state Representative DeeDee Davis to the Florida Film and Entertainment Advisory Council.

Davis, a Pensacola Democrat, served as an educator for more than 25 years. In 1990, she was selected as Florida's Teacher of the Year and she was later inducted into the Florida Educators Hall of Fame. In 1998, she was elected to the House to represent Escambia and Santa Rosa counties.

DeeDee Davis, who is chairman of the Board of Directors of the Northwest Florida Council on Aging, is a commercial realtor and a freelance writer and columnist for the Pensacola News Journal.

Tina Dorsey and Kennetha Julien have been appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Florida Center for Nursing Board of Directors.

Dorsey, 41, of Niceville, is on the nursing faculty at Chipola College. She fills a vacant seat.

Attorney Julien, 46, of St. Johns, succeeds Ava Abney on the board.

Judicial appointments: Holly Grissinger has been appointed by Scott as a Pinellas County judge. Grissinger, of Clearwater, has served as an assistant state attorney in the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 2001.

Nita Denton has been named to the Nineteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. The circuit includes Martin, St. Lucie, Indian River, and Okeechobee counties.

Denton, of Stuart, is the managing attorney of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office. She succeeds Shaun Plymale.

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