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Movers & Shakers: State College and Tobacco Free Florida see changes

Published Oct. 29, 2012

Tobacco Free Florida hires new chief
The Bureau of Tobacco Free Florida has hired Shannon Hughes as chief. The position falls under the Department of Health Division of Community Health Promotion.

In her new role, Hughes will oversee the bureau's efforts to reduce illness, disability and death related to tobacco use and secondhand smoke exposure. She begins Nov. 2, according to a media release from the Department of Health.

"We are pleased to have Ms. Hughes joining the Division of Community Health Promotion in this capacity," said acting division director of Community Health Promotion Betsy Wood. "Shannon brings a wealth of talent and expertise that will serve the Department and the people of Florida well and we are looking forward to her leading the program as it continues its important work in
creating a Tobacco Free Florida."

Hughes was previously the director of the DOH Office of Workforce Development, where she earned $64, 750 per year.

New trustee for State College of Florida
Eric W. Robinson will be the newest trustee to the State College of Florida, Manatee-Sarasota District Board of Trustees. The appointment depends on confirmation from the Senate, according to a press release from the Governor's Office.

Robinson is a CPA and former board member for Workforce Florida and the Sarasota County Airport Authority. According to his professional website, he also sits on the Florida Board of Accountancy and the South County Habitat for Humanity.

Robinson, a Venice resident, has a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida and a master's degree from Florida International University. His term on the State College Board ends in May of 2016.

St. Pete lawyer to help pick new justices
Gov. Rick Scott has appointed Peter Meros, of St. Petersburg, to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 2nd District Court of Appeal, according to a press release from the Governor's Office. Meros is one of nine board members who will help select justices in the new position.

Meros is in his fourth decade with law firm Meros, Smith, Lazzara & Olney PA, Meros. Previously, he served as both chair and vice-chair for the 6th Judicial Nominating Commission under former governors Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist.

He is a member of the St. Petersburg Bar Association, Florida Bar Association, American Bar Association, Canakaris Inns of Court, and is admitted to practice before all State Courts in the State of Florida, the United States District Court 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Meros is an Army and graduated from Stetson University College of Law, according to the release.

Movers and Shakers is a weekly update of political personnel changes. Send tips to Brittany Alana Davis at bdavis@tampabay.com or via twitter at britt_alana.



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