Our business-led board provides policy oversight and directs strategies and investment to address critical statewide workforce development needs. Board members are industry, education and government leaders appointed primarily by the Governor. The Florida Senate President and the Florida Speaker of the House of Representatives each appoint one member to the Board.
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Governor Ron DeSantis is the 46th Governor of the State of Florida. Gov. DeSantis was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2012. He is a former federal prosecutor and U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps officer. Gov. DeSantis graduated from Yale University and Harvard School of Law. He lives in Tallahassee and Ponte Vedra.
Kevin Doyle is chairman of the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors. He is a founding partner of Wexford Strategies, a business development and government affairs consulting firm with offices in Jacksonville and Washington, DC. He also serves on the Board of Governors for the Florida Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Doyle has worked for two U.S. senators – as state director for Sen. Mel Martinez and as the administrative director for Joint Economic Committee Chairman and Sen. Connie Mack. While in Washington, he worked at the Office of Presidential Personnel in the White House and for the U.S. Department of Labor, serving as the deputy director for the Office of the 21st Century Workforce. Mr. Doyle lives in Jacksonville with his wife and daughter.
Brittany Olivieri Birken, Ph.D., serves as strategy officer for the University of Florida Lastinger Center, a center that engages talented, skilled teams of professors and researchers, front-line educators, highly skilled partners and philanthropic, social and educational sector leaders to create innovations that push the boundaries of teaching and learning. Dr. Birken previously served as CEO of the Florida Children’s Council. Through her work on the Innovation and Talent Caucus, Dr. Birken is focused on leveraging public and private partnerships in support of a comprehensive workforce development system. She lives in Tallahassee.
Tim Center serves as executive director of Sustainable Florida and the Capital Area Community Action Agency, a nonprofit that helps low-income individuals improve their lives. An attorney, Mr. Center is the founder of Centerfield Strategy, a consulting firm focusing on strategic planning, community engagement, public speaking and facilitation. He received the 2014 Hero of Service Award from City Year and is a graduate of Leadership Florida and Leadership Tallahassee. A fourth-generation Floridian, Mr. Center lives in Tallahassee.
Rose Conry is CEO and co-founder of StaffTime, an award-winning full-service staffing company based in Jacksonville. Ms. Conry was recognized as one of Jacksonville Business Journal’s 2014 Women of Influence and the JAX Chamber’s 2014 Small Business Leader of the Year. She is a member of the JAX Chamber Board of Directors, serving as the trustee vice-chair, and is active on a number of affiliated boards. A 2010 graduate of Leadership Jacksonville, Ms. Conry is a former board member of Women Business Owners and the Mayor’s Hispanic American Advisory Board. She lives in Orange Park.
Richard Corcoran is Florida’s Commissioner of Education. Commissioner Corcoran is a former state representative and Speaker of the House. He has been a practicing attorney for nearly 20 years. Commissioner Corcoran earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Leo College and a juris doctorate from Regent University.
Duane De Freese, Ph.D., is executive director of the Indian River Lagoon Council and Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program. Previously, he served as senior consultant of science and sustainability with HydroPro-Tech. Dr. De Freese has served as an adjunct professor of oceanography at Brevard Community College and interim director of the University of Central Florida College of Business. He also was the vice president of Florida research for the San Diego-based Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute. He lives in Indialantic.
Robert Doyle III is the director of the Division of Blind Services at the Florida Department of Education. Director Doyle oversees services to Floridians who are blind or visually impaired through ten district offices, including the Rehabilitation Center for the Blind, the Braille and Talking Books Library and local community rehabilitation programs. Prior to joining the Division of Blind Services, Director Doyle served as director for the Division for the Visually Impaired with the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services. He has nearly 20 years of experience in human services and education and holds a bachelor’s degree in political studies and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois. Director Doyle serves as the president of the Council of State Administrators of Vocational Rehabilitation and is the past president of the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind. He lives in Tallahassee.
Arnie Girnun is president of New Horizons South Florida, a leading IT training company and a Microsoft Gold Learning Solutions Partner. Mr. Girnun and his team at New Horizons assisted more than 225 veterans and dislocated workers with finding employment in 2014. Mr. Girnun also is executive vice president of the Florida Vocational Institute, a nationally accredited vocational training school focused on preparing adults for careers in the healthcare field. He lives in Miami.
Elisha Gonzalez is vice president of community relations and government affairs for FAIRWINDS Credit Union. Ms. Gonzalez’ professional focus is fostering relationships and building partnerships with local government, education and civic leaders. She was previously the executive director of community affairs for Valencia College. A resident of Winter Park, Ms. Gonzalez holds a master’s degree in educational administration, business leadership from Nova Southeastern University, with an undergraduate degree in education from the University of Central Florida.
Eric Hall is the designee for the Florida Commissioner of Education. He serves as chancellor for innovation for the Florida Department of Education. In this role, his focus is on leading and implementing top education priorities throughout the state. Chancellor Hall has nearly two decades of experience serving in executive leadership with expertise in the fields of education, youth development and juvenile justice. He was previously the state superintendent of innovation for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Chancellor Hall has a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and a doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida. He lives in Tallahassee.
Elli Hurst is vice president of globally integrated capabilities for IBM’s Global Business Services unit. Ms. Hurst has been with IBM for more than 20 years and has experience in business process transformation and systems integration across multiple industries. Formerly, Ms. Hurst held various positions within IBM focused on application management services sales, strategy and operations. She also completed a “tour of duty” at IBM Headquarters as the executive assistant to the general manager of IBM Global Services Americas. Prior to joining IBM, Ms. Hurst was a management consultant with Price Waterhouse. She lives in Ft. Lauderdale.
Bill Johnson is retired from Coca-Cola Refreshments, where he worked for 34 years and was vice president of Finance Shared Services. He serves on the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Council, the Tampa Bay Partnership and the School of Accountancy Advisory Council at the University of South Florida. Mr. Johnson previously served as an appointed board member of the Florida Council on Efficient Government. He lives in Tampa.
Representative Chris Latvala was first elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2014 and is currently serving his third term. Rep. Latvala is chairman of the PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee. He serves on the Pinellas Pace Center for Girls Board of Directors and is an alumus of the Leadership Pinellas class of 2014. Rep. Latvala graduated from the University of Central Florida. He lives in Clearwater.
Ken Lawson is executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Mr. Lawson most recently served as president and CEO of VISIT FLORIDA. Prior to that, he served as secretary of the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Mr. Lawson received his bachelor’s and law degrees from Florida State University. He began his legal career in the U.S. Marine Corps as a Judge Advocate General and later served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. He lives in Tallahassee.
Rick Matthews is vice president and leader of Northrop Grumman’s Manned Aircraft Design Center of Excellence. He is also the global operations representative and global supply chain program manager lead for the Aerospace System Sector’s Military Aircraft Systems Division. Mr. Matthews served as a member of the state board’s Target Industry Cluster Task Force, helping Florida attract aerospace businesses while supporting the talent and infrastructure needs of existing businesses within the industry. He joined Northrop Grumman in 2007 following a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force. He lives in Melbourne.
Tony McGee is owner and CEO of HNM Global Logistics, recently named the third fastest growing company in Central Florida. Mr. McGee oversees the strategic direction and business development of the company’s global supply chain solutions. Under his leadership, HNM Global Logistics has been awarded projects with the Amway Arena, Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center and Disney’s Art of Animation. He serves on the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Advisory Committee for Supply Chain Competitiveness and is an 11-year NFL veteran. Mr. McGee played for the Cincinnati Bengals, Dallas Cowboys and New York Giants. He lives in Orlando.
Sen. Bill Montford lives in Tallahassee and represents District 3 in the Florida Senate. He is CEO of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. Sen. Montford is the chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee. He also serves as vice chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Education.
Alex Moseley is president and CEO of MoseSys Inc. With more than 15 years of combined HR and IT consulting experience, he also is an adjunct professor at State College of Florida. Mr. Moseley is a former foundation president and vice president of the United Way of South Sarasota County. He is current president of the Sertoma Club of Venice. Prior to moving to Florida, Mr. Moseley participated in several economic impact and feasibility studies for the state of Arizona and the Governor’s Strategic Partnership for Economic Development. He lives in Venice.
Michael Myhre serves as Chief Executive Officer and Network State Director for the Florida Small Business Development Center Network. Mr. Myhre leads the statewide network of more than 40 offices and nearly 250 employees, providing strategic vision and oversight in the continued success of Florida’s largest provider of hands-on business assistance for small and medium-sized businesses. He has more than 25 years of economic and business development experience, dedicating his career to ensuring success for entrepreneurs and small business owners. He lives in Pensacola.
Apopka Mayor Bryan Nelson was elected in March 2018. He is president and owner of Nelson’s Insurance Services and previously served on the Orange County Commission. He was elected to the House of Representatives District 38 in 2006 and served an eight-year term. He also serves on the MetroPlan Orlando Board of Directors, the East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and the Orange County Canvassing Board. He lives in Apopka.
Todd Rebol is vice president of Banks Engineering, a civil engineering and surveying company located in Southwest Florida. Mr. Rebol is a licensed professional engineer and has been with Banks Engineering for more than 13 years. Mr. Rebol is past president of the Enterprise Charlotte Economic Council, past chairman of the Charlotte County Industrial Development Authority and a graduate of the Leadership Florida program. He lives in Punta Gorda.
Stephanie Smith is the senior manager of Florida public policy at Uber. Prior to joining Uber, Ms. Smith was the public affairs director for AT&T Florida and Georgia. She previously served as executive deputy chief of staff to and director of external affairs for Governor Charlie Crist. Before joining the governor’s staff, Ms. Smith served as the public affairs coordinator for WRS Infrastructure and Environment, Inc. in Tampa. Her experience also includes specials events coordinator for Governor Jeb Bush and business development liaison for the Office of Tourism, Trade and Economic Development. She lives in Miami.
Joe York is president of AT&T Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Mr York has held several other positions within AT&T, including most recently Vice President – Legislative & Regulatory Affairs with AT&T Florida. He is a member of the Florida Council of 100, the Florida Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and chairman of the Enterprise Florida Board of Directors. Mr. York is also a member of the Orange Bowl Committee and The Players Council, a community group that advises The PGA Tour. He lives in Ponte Vedra Beach.