Governor Ron DeSantis Appoints Eight to the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors

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November 9, 2020
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Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced the following appointments to the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors.

 

  • Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson, of Fort Lauderdale, is the President and CEO of the Community Foundation of Broward. Previously, she was a Vice President at Nova Southeastern University, a Vice President and Foundation Executive Director at Florida Atlantic University and President and CEO of the United Way of Broward County. She has volunteered her time with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance, Chamber of the Palm Beaches, PACE Center for Girls and Leadership Florida. Anderson earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Florida State University, her master’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida and her doctor of philosophy in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.
  • Sophia Eccleston, of Wellington, is an external affairs manager with Florida Power & Light. Previously, she worked for Halliburton and KBR Inc. in the Middle East and Africa. Eccleston is an Army veteran who also serves on the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. She has volunteered her time with the Homeless Coalition of Palm Beach County, Executive Women of the Palm Beaches Foundation, Florida Women’s Business Center and the Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce. Eccleston earned her bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Armstrong Atlantic State University and her master of business administration from American Intercontinental University.
  • Allison Kinney, of Tallahassee, is the Vice President of State Government Affairs for HCA Healthcare. Previously, she was a Senior Director with Charter Communications, Vice President and Director of Government Relations for OneMain Financial, Vice President of State Government Relations for TD Bank and Assistant Vice President of Government Relations for the Florida Bankers Association. Kinney volunteers her time with the Children’s Home Society of Florida and serves on the board of Associated Industries of Florida. She earned her bachelor’s degree in communications from Auburn University.
  • Jonathon Miller, of Sanford, is the Senior Director of Advocacy for Majority Strategies. He previously served in higher education as a director of external affairs for Keiser University leading government affairs at the state and federal level. His volunteer experience includes time with the Florida Chamber of Commerce and Florida Telehealth Association. He was elected and served as Vice Mayor/Commissioner in the City of Casselberry from 2006-2013. Miller earned his bachelor’s degree in justice studies from Georgia Southern University and his master’s degree in political science from the University of Central Florida.
  • Samuel Robbin, of Plantation, is the President and CEO of National Jets Inc. He serves as Chairman of The Greater Ft. Lauderdale Alliance and as a board member with The Broward Workshop, CareerSource Broward and the National Business Aircraft Association. Robbin is active with the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Robbin earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Florida.
  • Patsy Sanchez, of Tallahassee, is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the University of South Florida. She also serves on the University of South Florida’s Latin Community Advisory Committee, Leadership Alliance Advisory Board and as a member of the Hispanic Leaders Association. Born in Cuba, her family opposed the Castro regime and fled to the United States where Sanchez learned English and began her schooling. She earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Florida.
  • Stephanie Smith, of Tallahassee, is the Senior Director of Government Relations for Anthem, Inc. Previously, she was a Senior Public Policy Manager with Uber and a Director of Public Affairs for AT&T. She has served on the CareerSource Florida Board of Directors since 2017 and also volunteers her time with the United Way. Smith earned her bachelor’s degree in political science from Florida State University.
  • Emmanuel Tormes, of Oviedo, is Senior Manager of Government Operations at The Boeing Company for Florida and Louisiana. His previous work experience includes time with the Executive Office of the Governor, Orange County Mayor’s office and Seminole County government. Tormes serves on the boards of Miami-Dade Beacon Council, Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, Cocoa Beach Regional Chamber of Commerce, and Florida Defense Contractors Association. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida.

“CareerSource Florida is honored to welcome a group of accomplished leaders with diverse and successful backgrounds in many industries vital to our state’s economic growth,” said CareerSource Florida President and CEO Michelle Dennard. “We are grateful to Governor DeSantis for his dedication to ensuring Florida has the skilled workforce needed to help businesses thrive, both today and into the future, and these latest appointments to his principal workforce policy board will continue to build upon this important work.”

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About CareerSource Florida 

CareerSource Florida, with its business-led board of directors, provides policy direction for talent development programs administered by the Department of Economic Opportunity, 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.