Tallahassee, Fla. – CareerSource Florida is announcing Governor Ron DeSantis’ appointments this week of seven new members of the state workforce board: Abraham “Abe” Alangadan, Erik Arroyo, Bayne Beecher, Melvin “Mel” Ponder, Brian Sartain, Meredith Stanfield, and Representative Dana Trabulsy.

“The CareerSource Florida Board and the Floridians and businesses we serve will benefit from Governor Ron DeSantis’ appointments of these recognized leaders from a diverse range of industries, backgrounds and communities in Florida,” said CareerSource Florida Board Chair Stephanie Smith. “As we strengthen our collaboration with our state partners under Florida’s landmark Reimagining Education and Career Help (REACH) Act, these new voices and the expertise they bring will advance our collective efforts to transform service delivery of our state’s education and workforce development providers.”

Abraham “Abe” Alangadan

Alangadan is a Senior Project Portfolio Manager at Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. He is a board member and Chair of the First Coast Manufacturing Association and Secretary of FloridaMakes. Alangadan earned his bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from Bangalore University and his master’s degree in environmental health from Temple University.

Erik Arroyo

Arroyo is a City Commissioner and the current Mayor for the City of Sarasota. He is also a practicing attorney with Band, Gates, and Dramis. Arroyo is a board member of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County and the Suncoast Partnership to End Homelessness. Arroyo earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and communications from the University of Florida and juris doctorate from Florida A&M University.

Bayne Beecher

Beecher is a Senior Manager of Supply Chain at PGT Innovations. He is President of the Sarasota-Manatee Manufacturers Association, Treasurer of FloridaMakes, and a member of the University of West Florida’s Hass Center’s Economic Advisory Board. Beecher earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Illinois and his master’s degree in business administration from Webster University.

Melvin “Mel” Ponder

Ponder is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Business Empowered, Inc. He is also a County Commissioner of Okaloosa County and the Government Affairs Director of Emerald Coast Association of Realtors. Ponder is a member of the Destin, Fort Walton Beach, and Crestview Chambers of Commerce. Ponder earned his bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University.

Brian Sartain

Sartain is the Senior Vice President of Aerospace Repair and Overhaul at AAR Corporation. He was previously the General Manager of United Technologies Corporation. Sartain earned his bachelor’s degree in aerospace engineering and his master’s degree in business from the University of Minnesota.

Meredith Stanfield

Stanfield is the Legislative Policy Director for Florida Professional Firefighters and Paramedics. She was previously the Director of Legislative and Cabinet Affairs for the Florida Department of Financial Services and the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Department of Management Services and the Department of Juvenile Justice. Stanfield earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Georgia.

Representative Dana Trabulsy

Trabulsy is a Co-Chief Executive Officer of the Treasure Coast Business Summit and All Things Treasure Coast. She currently represents District 84 in the Florida House of Representatives. Trabulsy currently attends Indian River State College to further her education and is a council member for the Florida Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys as well as a member of the Place of Hope Advisory Board.


CareerSource Florida, with its business-led board of directors, provides policy direction for talent development programs administered by the Department of Commerce, Florida’s 24 local workforce development boards and their 100 career centers. The CareerSource Florida State Board serves as the Governor’s principal workforce policy and investment board, working in partnership with DEO, which is responsible for the state workforce system’s fiscal and administrative affairs, and local workforce development boards that serve Florida’s businesses and career seekers. Together, the CareerSource Florida network connects employers with qualified, skilled talent and Floridians with employment and career development opportunities to achieve economic prosperity. Learn more at careersourceflorida.com.