Movers and Shakers

Governor DeSantis appointments:

Ashley Moody Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody has been appointed to chair the Statewide Task Force on Opioid Drug Abuse.

Board of Trustees of Florida Gulf Coast University Reappointed was Ashly Coone, Arcadia, president of Ashley Coone Consulting.

Blue-Green Algae Task Force Appointed to this newly established task force were Dr. Wendy Graham, the Carl S. Swisher Eminent Scholar in Water Resources in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering and director of the Water Institute at the University of Florida; Dr. Evelyn Gaiser, director of the Florida Coastal Everglades Long-Term Ecological Research program; Dr. Michael Parsons, a professor of marine science at Florida Gulf Coast University and director of the Coastal Watershed Institute and Vester Field Station; Dr. James Sullivan, executive director of Florida Atlantic University’s Harbor Branch; and Dr. Valerie Paul, director of the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce. The focus of the Blue-Green Algae Task Force is to support key funding and restoration initiatives and make recommendations to expedite nutrient reductions in Lake Okeechobee and the downstream estuaries.