Commissioners

Sierra Anderson

Pensacola

Commissioner Sierra Anderson was appointed to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women by Senate President Wilton Simpson in 2021. Coupled with a strong skillset in public affairs and communications, her passion for women and girls serves as an energizer to the commission…

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

Rita M. Barreto

Palm Beach Gardens

Commissioner Rita M. Barreto of Palm Beach Gardens is founder and president of Top Tier Leadership headquartered in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, taps into her more than 40 years of global human resources experience – including nearly 25 years in the…

Abby Bean

Fernandina Beach

Commissioner Abby Bean is the Executive Director of the Nassau Education Foundation, helping connect needed resources from the local community with teachers, classrooms, and students in Nassau County. A native of Clay County, Abby has lived…

Melanie Parrish Bonanno

Dover

Commissioner Melanie Parrish Bonanno was appointed to the Commission in 2020 by Attorney General Ashley Moody. She is the Director of Employment Law for Publix Super Markets, Inc.  She has worked as an attorney for Publix since 2003 and has served in her current role since 2016, leading a team of attorneys, managers…

Lori Day

St. Johns

Lori Day of St. Johns, was appointed to the Commission on 2020 by Speaker of the House Jose Oliva. She is a corporate executive and entrepreneur with diverse leadership in executive coaching, process engineering, operations, leadership…

Sophia Eccleston

Wellington

Army Veteran and Jamaican national, Sophia Eccleston is a member of the External Affairs team at Florida Power and Light Company (FPL). As a Senior External Affairs (EA) manager in Palm Beach County…

Candace D. Falsetto

Coral Gables

Commissioner Candace Falsetto of Coral Gables was appointed to the Commission by Governor Ron DeSantis in 2020. She…

Heather Fitzenhagen

Fort Myers

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

Stephanie Goforth

St. Petersburg

Stephanie Goforth is Executive Vice President and the Global Head of Sales and Marketing of the Wealth Management business unit at Northern Trust and has recently….

Senator Gayle Harrell

Stuart

Commissioner Gayle Harrell has over 25 years of experience in healthcare. She has worked as a Healthcare Administrator, managing the Ob-Gyn. practice of Dr. James E. Harrell and was the founder…

Belinda Keiser

Fort Lauderdale

Commissioner Belinda Keiser was appointed to the Commission in 2022 by Florida Chief Financial Officer Jimmy Patronis. Belinda Keiser has devoted her career to advancing Florida’s…

Carol Schubert Kuntz

Winter Park

Carol Kuntz was appointed to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women in 2018 by Florida Governor Rick Scott….

Roxey Nelson

St. Petersburg

Commissioner Roxey Nelson was appointed to the Commission in 2020 by Commissioner of Agriculture Nikki Fried. She is currently the vice president and assistant regional director…

Rosie Paulsen

Zephyrhills

Commissioner Rosie Paulsen was appointed to the Commission in 2019 by Senate President Bill Galvano. She has been honored as one of the…

Rep. Jenna Persons-Mulicka

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…

Claudia Medina Thomas

Ponte Vedra Beach

Commissioner Claudia Medina Thomas was appointed to the Commission in 2022 by Attorney General Ashley Moody.  Raised in Tampa, Claudia graduated from the University of Florida..

Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D.

Tallahassee

Lady Dhyana Ziegler DCJ, Ph.D. of Tallahassee was appointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Scott. Lady Dr. Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ is currently the President and CEO of Z/Creators, LLC. She has worked in the field of higher education and technology for more than 35 years. Previously, Dr. Ziegler…