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.


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 …

Rita Barreto Craig

West Palm Beach

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

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…

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….

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…

Ashley Guinn


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 Melissa R. Hagan
Melissa R. Hagan

Lynn Haven

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 …

Susanne Hebert
Susanne Hebert


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 Gayle Jacobson
Gayle Jacobson


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

Commissioner Amy Kryak
Amy Kryak

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…

Wenda Lewis


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

Commissioner Nancy Peek McGowan
Nancy Peek McGowan


Commissioner Nancy Peek McGowan of Jacksonville, was appointed to the Commission in 2008 by Attorney General Bill McCollum. A conservative activist since…

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.

Commissioner Cindy Ross
Cindy Ross


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…

Ekecia Grayson Taylor

Daytona Beach

Commissioner Ekecia Grayson Taylor was appointed to the Commission in 2015 by Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives Steve Crisafulli. She attended Florida A&M University and holds a …

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