Commissioners

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

Melanie Parrish Bonanno

Seffner

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…

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…

Anne Corcoran

Tampa

Anne Corcoran was appointed to the Commission in 2020 by Attorney General Ashley Moody. She is Of Counsel with Nelson Mullins where she practices in the firm’s corporate division. Anne has more than 20 years of experience in both civil and criminal litigation and is a member of the…

Rita Barreto Craig

Palm Beach Gardens

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

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…

Denise D. Dell-Powell

Orlando

Commissioner Denise D. Dell-Powell is Of Counsel in the Orlando office of Dean Mead where she practices in the firm’s bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, distressed property, and inventory finance litigation.

Sophia Eccleston

Wellington

Commissioner and Army Veteran Sophia Eccleston joined Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) seven years ago and is a member of the External Affairs group…

Candace D. Falsetto

Coral Gables

Commissioner Candace Falsetto is a Senior Private Banker at Wells Fargo N.A. She joined Wells Fargo N.A. in January of 2020. In this capacity, she is responsible for working with high net-worth individuals, foundations and institutional clients in structuring and delivering tailored credit solutions and facilitating depository services. She has extensive…

Rep. 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….

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…

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…

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….

Wenda Lewis

Gainesville

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

Rosie Paulsen

Tampa

Commissioner Rosie Paulsen was appointed to the Commission in 2019 by Senate President Bill Galvano. She is a public speaker, Hispanic leader…

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…

Rachel Saunders Plakon

Lake Mary

Commissioner Rachel Saunders Plakon was appointed by Speaker Richard Corcoran.  She is the Land Specialist with NAI Realvest, a top commercial real estate brokerage in Central Florida…

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…

Lady Dhyana Ziegler, DCJ, Ph.D.

Tallahassee

Commissioner Lady Dhyana Ziegler DCJ, Ph.D. of Tallahassee was appointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Scott. She is currently the Interim President/CEO of Florida Virtual School for the Florida Virtual School (FLVS).