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Nancy C. Acevedo
Commissioner Nancy C. Acevedo of Winter Springs was recently appointed to the Commission by Governor Rick Scott. Commissioner Acevedo is currently a Crime…
Maruchi Azorn, M.B.A.
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
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
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
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….
Florida State Representative Heather Fitzenhagen was appointed to the Commission in 2017 by Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran. Originally from….
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…
Public Policy Committee, Florida Commission on the Status of Women
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…
Melissa R. Hagan
Melissa R. Hagan received her undergraduate degree in Communications/Public Relations from Mississippi University for Women in 1989. In pursuit of her…
Patti W. Hamilton
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 …
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…
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 was appointed to the Commission by Senate President Don Gaetz. She has been active in politics since moving to Florida upon…
Port St. Lucie
Commissioner Amy Kryak of Port St. Lucie was appointed to the Commission in 2008 by Senate President Ken Pruitt. She is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs…
Commissioner Wenda Lewis was appointed to the Commission in 2014 by Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater. Commissioner Lewis currently serves as…
Genean Hawkins McKinnon
Commissioner McKinnon of Winter Park received her first appointment in April of 2011 to the Commission by Speaker of the House Dean Cannon.
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…
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 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.
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…