April 1, 2017 Regular News Governor, Speaker release their picks for the CRC Governor, Speaker release their picks for the CRC Gov. Rick Scott and House Speaker Richard Corcoran rounded out the Florida Constitution Revision Commission by announcing their appointments to the 37-member commission, which convenes every 20 years to review Florida’s Constitution and propose potential amendments to be approved by Florida voters. “I’m incredibly honored today to appoint members from across Florida to the Florida Constitution Revision Commission,” Scott said. “These members stood out as exemplary choices for this historic commission whose diverse backgrounds and experience in education, business and policy will ensure we continue to champion policies that make Florida the best place for families for generations to come.” Corcoran said he believes his appointments understand and respect the role of the constitution and the separation of powers. “With that as a foundation, these appointees are diverse, principled, and won’t march in lockstep with anyone,” Corcoran said. “And my only charge to each has been to do what they believe to be right.” Chief Justice Jorge Labarga and Senate President Joe Negron had announced their picks earlier. Attorney General Pam Bondi is automatically a member. The governor appointed Carlos Beruff, a Florida developer, as chair of the commission. His other appointments include: • Dr. Jose “Pepe” Armas, a distinguished physician and healthcare executive from Miami. Dr. Armas currently serves as chair of MCCI Group. Gov. Scott appointed Dr. Armas to the Florida International University Board of Trustees and he is a member of the National Advisory Board of Health Research Resources, Inc. He also serves on the Dean’s Advisory Board and is a member of the Interview Committee of Florida International University Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and on the Advisory Board for the School of Nursing and Healthcare of Georgetown University. • Lisa Carlton of Sarasota, co-owner and manager of the Mabry Carlton Ranch, Inc., and former Florida state senator. After graduating from law school, Carlton practiced law in Sarasota County for several years before entering public service. Carlton is a member of the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Community Foundation and is a founding member of the Florida Historic Capitol Foundation. • Timothy Cerio of Tallahassee, an attorney practicing at his own law firm. Cerio has previously served as general counsel to Gov. Scott from 2015 to 2016 and chief of staff and general counsel at the Florida Department of Health from 2005 to 2007. In 2013, Cerio was appointed by Scott to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the First District Court of Appeal. • Emery Gainey of Tallahassee, who has devoted his career to law enforcement. Gainey is a member of the Attorney General’s senior executive management team and currently serves as the director of law enforcement, victim services, and criminal justice programs and is the liaison between federal, state, and local law enforcement administrators and the Attorney General. In 2016, Gov. Scott appointed Gainey to serve as sheriff of Marion County, where he served until January 3, 2017, before returning to the Attorney General’s Office. • Brecht Heuchan of Tallahassee, the founder and CEO of ContributionLink, LLC, a political intelligence, data analytics, and fundraising company. Heuchan also owns The Labrador Company, a Florida based political and government affairs firm. • Marva Johnson of Winter Garden,the regional vice president of state government affairs for Charter Communications and serves as the chair of the Florida State Board of Education. Previously, Johnson served as a member of the Florida Virtual School Board and Advisory Board for Rollins College’s Crummer Center for Leadership Development. • Darlene Jordan of Palm Beach, the executive director of the Gerald R. Jordan Foundation, a nonprofit that supports education, health, and youth services, and the arts. Jordan is a member of the Board of Governors of the State University System and Fordham’s Board of Directors. Jordan is a former assistant attorney general for the Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General. • Fred Karlinsky of Weston, co-chair of Greenberg Traurig’s insurance regulatory and transactions practice group. Karlinsky has been an adjunct professor of law at Florida State University College of Law and is a Florida Supreme Court certified mediator. Karlinsky sits on Florida Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission. • Belinda Keiser of Parkland,vice chancellor of Keiser University for more than 20 years. Keiser has served as an an ex-officio member of the Florida Council of 100, member of the board of Florida’s Chamber of Commerce, and on the Florida Government Efficiency Task Force. Keiser is serving as a reappointed member of the 17th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission and as an appointee of Gov. Scott to the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors. • Frank Kruppenbacher of Orlando,an attorney who has spent much of the past 10 years serving his community and the state through positions on various boards and commissions. Kruppenbacher has served on the Florida Commission on Ethics, Florida Commission on Sales Tax Reform, Greater Orlando Chamber of Commerce, Orange County Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform Taskforce, Orange County Oversight Committee, Orange County Charter Commission, Central Florida Zoological Board, Orange County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Orange County Sheriff Department Oversight Board. He currently chairs the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. • Dr. Gary Lester, vice president of The Villages for Community Relations and has spent 34 years as an ordained minister in the Presbyterian Church. Lester has served on the United States Military Academy Nominations Board and the Judicial Nominating Commission – Middle District of Florida. • Jimmy Patronis of Panama City,who is currently a commissioner on the Florida Public Service Commission. Patronis also represented District 6 (Bay County) in the Florida House of Representatives. Patronis was appointed by Governors Jeb Bush and Lawton Chiles to the Florida Elections Commission and is also a past chair and board member of the Bay County-Panama City International Airport and Industrial District. • Pam Stewart of Tallahassee, who is the commissioner of the Florida Department of Education. Stewart began her career as a school teacher. She spent the first 20 years as a guidance counselor, testing and research specialist, assistant principal, and principal at both the elementary and high school levels. • Nicole Washington of Miami Beach, a state policy consultant for the Lumina Foundation, where she has worked to expand access and success for students in higher education and collaborated with organizations. In Florida, Washington has served as the associate director of Governmental Relations for the State University System Board of Governors, as well as the budget director for education in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget. Washington is a board member of Florida A&M University, the LeRoy Collins Institute, and the Veterans Trust Board. She is also currently a member of Class VII of Connect Florida. Speaker Corcoran’s appointments include: • Rep. Jose Felix Diaz, who represents House District 116 in Miami-Dade County. In 2005, he earned a J.D. from Columbia University where he studied state constitutions. He has been chair of the Energy and Utilities Subcommittee (2012-2014) and the Regulatory Affairs Committee (2014-2016). He currently serves as the chair of the Commerce Committee. Diaz has served on several boards and councils, most notably as the Florida representative to the Southern States Energy Board (2013-present) and as chair of the Public Service Commission Nominating Council (2013 and 2015). • Speaker Pro Tempore Jeanette Nuñez, a small business owner from Miami-Dade County where she currently represents House District 119. She sits on the board at Kristi House, a children’s advocacy center responsible for sexual abuse cases in Miami-Dade County, and is affiliated with the Women’s Healthcare Executive Network. In 2016, she was appointed to the National Assessment Governing Board by the United States Department of Education. • Rep. Chris Sprowls, an attorney currently representing House District 65 in Pinellas County. He currently serves as the chair of the House Judiciary Committee. He has served as a coordinator for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and served as the advocacy chair for the 2014 Dunedin Relay for Life. He also has volunteered with the North Pinellas YMCA and serves on the YMCA of the Suncoast Healthy Living Committee. Sprowls also served as an assistant state attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit. • Sen. Tom Lee, who serves Senate District 20, consisting of parts of Hillsborough, Pasco, and Polk counties. For over 30 years, he has been a licensed real estate agent and an owner of Sabal Homes of Florida. In 2004 he was chosen by his colleagues to lead their chamber as president of the Senate (2004-2006). Lee has also served the Senate as chair of the Rules Committee from (2000-2004), chair of the Appropriations Committee (2014-2016), and chaired a Senate select committee to implement constitutional amendments passed by the voters in 2002. Prior to his election to the Senate, he served as a member of the Hillsborough County City/County Planning Commission and the Hillsborough County Zoning Board of Adjustment. • Sen. Darryl Rouson, a lawyer from St. Petersburg practicing with the Dolman Law Group. In 1981, he became the first African American prosecutor in Pinellas County. In 2003, he was appointed the first chair of the newly formed Substance Abuse and Addictions Task Force for The National Bar Association. He also served as president of the St. Petersburg NAACP from 2000-2005, chair of the St. Petersburg Black Chamber, and as a member on the Taxation and Budget Reform Commission in 2007. • Sheriff Chris Nocco of Pasco County. Sheriff Nocco has extensive law enforcement experience, having served with the Philadelphia Public School Police, the Fairfax County Virginia Police Department, and as a deputy with the Broward Sheriff’s Office. He was a first responder on 9/11 and during the Washington sniper incident. He has served as deputy chief of staff of the Florida House of Representatives and as chief of staff at the Florida Highway Patrol. • Erika Donalds, a certified public accountant from Naples. Donalds is the chief financial officer/chief compliance officer and partner at Dalton, Greiner, Hartman, Maher & Co. — a New York-based investment management firm. She has served on the Collier County School Board and was a member and past president of Parents Rights Of Choice for Kids, a nonprofit focused on representing parent and student interests at the state and local level. • Rich Newsome, senior partner of the Newsome Melton law firm. While in college, Newsome worked for the Florida House Minority Office. After law school, he worked as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida. In 2001, Newsome was appointed by Gov. Bush to the Fifth District Court of Appeal Judicial Nominating Commission and served as the JNC’s chair during his term. He is a past president of the Orlando Federal Bar Association, the Florida Justice Association, and a past-member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, and past-president of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors for the Florida Guardian Ad Litem Foundation and is a past member of the St. James Cathedral Parish Council. • John Stemberger, a civil trial lawyer from Orlando who is president of Florida Family Policy Council. In 2001, he was appointed by Gov. Bush to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. He has served as a guardian ad litem for 13 years with the Orange County Bar’s Legal Aid Society. He also served as chair of the board for WIN Family Services, a large foster care and child welfare agency in the inner city of Baltimore, Maryland. Stemberger also helped found Trail Life USA, a Christian scouting movement for boys.