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 Rick Scott is the 45th Governor of the State of Florida. Since taking office in January 2011, Gov. Scott’s focus has been on creating jobs and growing Florida’s economy. He was elected to a second term as Governor in November 2014. Gov. Scott is a former attorney and businessman, having founded Columbia Hospital Corporation after practicing law in Dallas. He lives in Tallahassee and Naples.
Britt Sikes is chairman of the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors. He is general manager of the Enterprise Accounts Division for DEX Imaging. Mr. Sikes co-founded U.S. Imaging Solutions in 1998 and successfully led this company for 15 years. Under his leadership, the organization was the recipient of many industry awards and was recognized for its community involvement. In May 2013, U.S. Imaging Solutions was acquired by DEX Imaging. Mr. Sikes is chair of Jack & Jill Children’s Center, an early learning center in Broward County. He also is a former chair, and current member, of the United Way of Broward County. He lives in Ft. Lauderdale.
Brittany Olivieri Birken, Ph.D., is CEO of the Florida Children’s Council. In this role, she leads businesses, organizations, agencies and other key stakeholders in efforts that support Florida’s children, youth and families. 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.
Bob Campbell is an associate with Robert Tison and Associates, Inc. He is retired from Honeywell Technology Solutions Inc., a subsidiary of Honeywell Aerospace, where he worked for more than 30 years. Mr. Campbell served as a program director, providing leadership and oversight for the strategy of the Prepositioning & Marine Corps Logistics Services Program, supporting the U.S. Marine Corps. He is active in several civic and professional organizations, including the Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Jacksonville.
Steve Capehart is a business agent for the Jacksonville Supervisors Association, a labor union that promotes the economic and work-related interests of City of Jacksonville supervisory employees. Mr. Capehart is a veteran of the U.S. Navy and the Florida National Guard. He lives in Jacksonville.
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.
Stan W. Connally serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Gulf Power Company, one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States. Mr. Connally previously was Senior Vice President and Senior Production Officer for Georgia Power Company. He has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Chamber of Commerce, Florida Council of 100 and Enterprise Florida. Mr. Connally was appointed by Gov. Rick Scott to the Aerospace Alliance board, a four-state organization working to bring aviation-related jobs to the Gulf Coast. He lives in Pensacola.
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.
Bryan da Frota is an experienced entrepreneur and business executive. He was previously the co-founder and CEO of Prioria Robotics, recognized by Inc. magazine as one of the 5,000 fastest-growing privately held companies for several consecutive years and as one of Florida Economic Gardening Institute’s Florida Companies to Watch. Mr. da Frota previously served on Workforce Florida’s Homeland Security and Defense Target Industry Cluster Task Force. He lives in Gainesville.
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.
Kevin Doyle is a founding partner of Wexford Strategies, a government affairs consulting firm with offices in Jacksonville and Washington, DC. He also is the executive director for the Consumer Energy Alliance of Florida. 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, Mr. Doyle also 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. He lives in Jacksonville.
Rod Duckworth is the designee for the Florida Commissioner of Education. He serves as chancellor for the Division of Career and Adult Education within the Department of Education. Chancellor Duckworth has extensive state and national experience in career technical education, having most recently served as the interim deputy director for career and technical education in the Arkansas Department of Career Education. 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 government and community relations manager for Duke Energy Florida. Ms. Gonzalez is responsible for fostering relationships and building partnerships in Seminole, Volusia and Flagler counties and serves as Duke Energy’s principal contact for 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.
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.
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.
Thomas McIntosh is the owner of Berkshire Hathaway Trend Realty, a general real estate brokerage firm, and Trend Management Solutions in Gainesville. Mr. McIntosh has been active in statewide workforce issues and is serving his second term as chairman of the CareerSource North Central Florida Board of Directors. He also has served as president and director of the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce. He lives in Alachua.
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.
Ed Moore, Ph.D., is president of the Independent Colleges and Universities of Florida. Dr. Moore previously worked as staff director for the Florida House of Representatives Policy Committee, and was president and CEO of the James Madison Institute. He lives in Tallahassee.
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.
Commissioner Bryan Nelson was elected to the Orange County Commission in November 2014, and is president and owner of Nelson’s Insurance Services. He was elected to the House of Representatives District 38 in 2006 and served an eight-year term. He also serves on the Metro-Plan and East Central Florida Regional Planning Council and the Orange County Canvassing Board. He lives in Apopka.
James Nolan serves as Training Director for the Jacksonville Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Association. Mr. Nolan has more than 40 years of experience in the electrical construction industry, beginning with an apprenticeship from which he graduated as a journeyman electrician in 1978. In 1991, he returned to the apprenticeship program as an instructor to educate and guide aspiring electricians into successful future careers. Mr. Nolan serves as Chairman of the National Electrical Training Directors Association. He lives in Jacksonville.
Rep. Elizabeth Porter lives in Lake City and represents District 10 in the Florida House of Representatives. She serves on the House Education Committee and as chair of the House Higher Education & Workforce Subcommittee. Rep. Porter was co-chair of the American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball and served as campaign chair for the United Way.
Cissy Proctor is executive director of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Over the past three years, she has served the agency as chief of staff, director of the Division of Strategic Business Development and deputy legislative affairs director. Before joining the department, Proctor practiced law with the Tallahassee-based firm Bryant Miller Olive, PA. She received her J.D. magna cum laude from the Florida State University College of Law and her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from Florida State University. She lives in Tallahassee.
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.
Pam Stewart is Florida’s Commissioner of Education. Previously, she served as chancellor of public schools for the Florida Department of Education, overseeing K-12 student achievement; curricula, instruction and student services; school improvement; and educator quality. Commissioner Stewart has also served as the deputy superintendent for academic services in the St. Johns County School District. She also was a classroom teacher, an elementary and high school principal, and a guidance counselor in Florida. Commissioner Stewart lives in Tallahassee.
Mike Tomas is president and CEO of U.S. Stem Cell, Inc. He also serves as chairman of the Florida International University Global Entrepreneurship Center. Mr. Tomas has served as a member of the state board’s Target Industry Cluster Task Force for the life sciences industry, helping Florida attract life science businesses while supporting the talent and infrastructure needs of existing businesses within the industry. He lives in Miami.
Ardian Zika is senior vice president and commercial banking director for Florida Community Bank in the Tampa Bay region. Mr. Zika has 12 years of combined commercial banking and lending experience. He lives in Land O’ Lakes.