In January 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Richard Prudom as Secretary for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA). Secretary Prudom has more than 30 years in executive leadership with the State of Florida where he has worked to develop, implement, and lead public policies and programs that improve the lives of Florida families. Since 2011, he has served at DOEA as Deputy Secretary, Chief of Staff, and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Prudom also leads the Department’s efforts to make Florida an Age-Friendly State in close partnership with AARP and their Network of Age-Friendly Communities.
Robin oversees the lead organization in the fight against hunger in Florida with a statewide network of 12-member food banks and over 2,500 partner agencies that feed every community every day. Safley works to raise awareness of hunger, acquire food and financial donations, as well as work with state policymakers to garner additional support to find solutions to end hunger. Previously the Director for the Division of Food, Nutrition and Wellness under Commissioner Adam Putnam, Safley integrated Child Nutrition Programs from the Florida Department of Education into The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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Jeanette M. Nuñez was born and raised in Miami, Florida. She was elected as Florida’s First Hispanic Female Lieutenant Governor of Florida in 2018. She previously served as a State Representative of the Florida House of Representatives from 2010 to 2018 and was named Speaker Pro Tempore from 2016 to 2018.
Lieutenant Governor Nuñez is a proud graduate of Florida International University (FIU) and a lifetime member of the FIU Alumni Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Political Science, her Master of Public Administration from FIU, and a Six Sigma Certificate from the University of Miami.
Shevaun Harris joined the Department of Children and Families as the Secretary in February 2021 after a nearly two-decade career at the Agency for Health Care Administration.
Prior to joining DCF, Mrs. Harris was responsible for administering the Florida Medicaid program and regulates over 40,000 health care facilities in the state. Mrs. Harris held positions in the health and human services field providing services to children and adults diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and children receiving services in an inpatient psychiatric program.
Dr. Scott A. Rivkees, Florida’s Surgeon General, is focused on protecting, promoting, and improving the health of everyone who calls Florida home.
Dr. Rivkees is a physician-scientist and a pediatric endocrinologist. Before his tenure as Florida’s Surgeon General, Dr. Rivkees served as chair of the department of pediatrics at the University of Florida College of Medicine and physician-in-chief of UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, part of UF Health Shands Hospital and the University of Florida’s Academic Health Center.
Simone Marstiller was appointed Secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration by Governor Ron DeSantis in February 2021 after serving two years as Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice. Previously, she was Of Counsel with Gunster, Yoakley, Stewart, P.A., in the firm’s Tallahassee and Tampa offices, where her practice areas include appellate consulting and litigation, government affairs, procurement, and ethics and elections.
Prior to joining Gunster, Simone served for six years as a judge on the First District Court of Appeal. She was appointed to that office in 2010 by Governor Charlie Crist.
Barbara Palmer was appointed director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in December 2018. She was originally appointed director of APD by Governor Rick Scott in August 2012.
Before coming to APD, Palmer was the assistant secretary for administration of the Department of Children and Families. She previously served as associate vice-president for governmental relations at Florida State University and was FSU's first women's athletic director.
Michelle Branham is vice president of public policy for the Alzheimer’s Association, State of Florida. She currently serves as Chair of the Alzheimer’s Disease Advisory Committee (ADAC). She was appointed by Governor DeSantis to ADAC in 2019. She also serves as co-chair of the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Priority 9. She also is an Advisory Member of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs State Plan on Aging and the Trust for America’s Health Advisory Council. In August of 2020, she was appointed by Governor Ron DeSantis to serve on the Florida Taskforce on the Safe and Limited Re-Opening of Long-Term Care Facilities.
Jeff Johnson is the state director of AARP Florida. As state director, Jeff leads a team of staff and volunteers across the state to fight for and equip 50+ Floridians to choose how they live as they age by advocating at the local, state and federal level on issues of health and financial security and making communities more livable for all ages. A lifelong Floridian originally from Jacksonville, Jeff has worked at AARP since 2000 and served as state director since 2010. He and his family live in St. Petersburg.
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