Commissioners

Nancy C. Acevedo

Winter Springs

Commissioner Nancy C. Acevedo of Winter Springs was recently appointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Scott. Commissioner Acevedo is currently a Crime…

Maruchi Azorin, M.B.A.

Tampa

A native of Cuba, Maruchi immigrated to the United States with her family in 1960 due to the effects of the Castro revolution. She attended school in Plant City, Florida and graduated from Plant City Senior High School, as an honor student where she was named

Madelyn E. Butler, MD

Tampa

Commissioner Madelyn E. Butler, MD, was appointed to the Commission in 2017 by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. She was born in Cuba…

Jennifer Houghton Canady

Lakeland

Commissioner Jennifer Houghton Canady of Lakeland was appointed to the Commission in 2017 by Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam. She is the Director of the RISE Institute…

Rita Barreto Craig

West Palm Beach

Rita B. Craig, founder and president of Top Tier Leadership headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida….

Denise D. Dell-Powell

Orlando

Commissioner Denise D. Dell-Powell is a partner in the firm’s Central Florida office where she practices in the firm’s bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, distressed property and inventory finance litigation….

Heather Fitzenhagen

Ft. Myers

Florida State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen was appointed to the Commission in 2017 by Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran. Originally from….

Yvonne Fry

Plant City

Commissioner Yvonne Fry is a community activist and advocate for women’s and children’s issues, chairing the Hillsborough Commission on the Status of Women…

Patti W. Hamilton

Chair, Tequesta

Patti W. Hamilton has more than 25 years of business leadership experience focused on the areas of operations, strategic marketing, business development, employee leadership advancement …

Susanne Hebert
Susanne Hebert

Clearwater

Commissioner Hebert of Clearwater received her first appointment in November of 2003 to the Commission by Senate President Jim King. A graduate of the Florida…

Karin Hoffman

Lighthouse Point

Commissioner Karin Hoffman of Lighthouse Point has a family-run business, Sonshine Educational Tours, founded by her mother, which has been serving educators and students throughout the nation with educational…

Commissioner Gayle Jacobson
Gayle Jacobson

Niceville

Commissioner Gayle Jacobson was appointed to the Commission by Senate President Don Gaetz. She has been active in politics since moving to Florida upon…

Wenda Lewis

Gainesville

Commissioner Wenda Lewis was appointed to the Commission in 2014 by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Commissioner Lewis currently serves as…

Commissioner Genean Hawkins McKinnon
Genean Hawkins McKinnon

Winter Park

Commissioner McKinnon of Winter Park received her first appointment in April of 2011 to the Commission by Speaker of the House Dean Cannon.

Cara C. Perry

Palm City

Commissioner Cara Carlton Perry was appointed in 2017 by Senate President Joe Negron. She is the Assistant Vice President of Communication for Florida Atlantic University’s Northern Campuses…

Jenna Persons

Ft. Myers

Jenna Persons was appointed to the Commission in 2017 by Senate President Joe Negron. As a partner in the law firm of Strayhorn & Persons, she takes pride in her work and being a part of projects that will…

Commissioner Cindy Ross
Cynthia Hartley Ross

Lakeland

Cindy Hartley Ross is a Lakeland Florida native. She has been married to Dennis Alan Ross for 27 years and they have two children Shane (19) and Travis (17). They are…

Commissioner Elena Guardiola Spottswood
Elena Spottswood

Key West

Elena Guardiola Spottswood of Key West was born in Havana, Cuba to Cuban born parents Felix A. Guardiola and Elena Plana de Guardiola. She came to the U.S. as…

Marilyn Stout

Cape Coral

Marilyn Stout of Cape Coral was appointed to the Commission in 2018 by Attorney General Pam Bondi. She moved to Cape Coral…

Ashley Wood

Rockledge

Commissioner Ashley Guinn of Melbourne was appointed to the Commission in March 2016 by Speaker of the House Crisafulli. She was born in Riverside, California and moved to Melbourne, Florida…

Commissioner Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D.
Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D.

Tallahassee

Commissioner Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D. of Tallahassee is the Garth C. Reeves Eminent Scholar Chair of Excellence in the School of Journalism and Graphic…