Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Reappoints Barbara Palmer as Director of Florida’s Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced Barbara Palmer will continue to serve as Director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) for the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration.  

“I am pleased to reappoint Barbara Palmer to serve as the Director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “Barbara has spent many years working to advance the needs of Floridians with disabilities and I have seen that she has the leadership capabilities and subject matter expertise needed to drive innovative public policy that will allow persons with disabilities to flourish in our communities across the state for years to come.” 

Former Florida Senate President Andy Gardiner added, “I’m excited that Governor-elect DeSantis has chosen Barbara Palmer to continue leading the APD. I’ve had the honor to work closely with her during my tenure as Senate President and I know she has a passion for individuals with unique abilities and will serve the new governor and our state with distinction.”

Barbara Palmer, Director of the Agency for Persons with DisabilitiesPalmer currently serves as the Director of APD, where she was appointed by Governor Rick Scott in August 2012. Prior to this position, Palmer served as the Chief of Staff of the APD.  

Before APD, Palmer was the Assistant Secretary for Administration for the Florida Department of Children and Families, and also served more than 15 years as President and CEO of Palmer, Musick & Associates. Throughout her career, Palmer has been the Chief Executive Officer of Illuminactive Multimedia, Inc.; Special Consultant for Governmental Affairs and Marketing for Pennington, Wilkinson & Dunlap, P.A.; Director of the Division of Hotels and Restaurants for the Florida Department of Business Regulation; Associate Vice President for Governmental Relations for the Florida State University; Director of Women’s Intercollegiate Athletics for FSU, and Executive Director and Vice President of IMPACT Enterprises, Inc.    

Palmer has received numerous awards and honors, including being inducted into the “Florida Women’s Hall of Fame,” the “FSU Athletic Hall of Fame,” the FSU Circle of Gold, the “Tallahassee Community College Hall of Fame,” and the “Leon High School Hall of Fame;” and the recipient of the “President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports National Award,” the “Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Leadership Award,” FSU College of Education “Distinguished Alumni Award in Business & Industry,” Florida Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women, “Outstanding Service Award,” and the National Association of Collegiate Women’s Athletic Administrators “Lifetime Achievement Award.” She also established the “Barbara J. Palmer Award” for Outstanding High School Athletics.  

Palmer received a Masters of Science in Leisure Services Administration and a Bachelors of Science in Recreation Administration from Florida State University.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Michael Ertel for Secretary of State

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced Michael Ertel will serve as Florida’s next Secretary of State for the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration. 

“As Supervisor of Elections in Seminole County – where he has been elected by the voters four times – Mike has proven that he is vastly qualified to lead the state’s elections efforts as Secretary of State, and will strive to ensure that Florida voters are confident that elections continue to be fair and accurate,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “I look forward to Mike bringing not only his elections expertise to Florida voters, but his steady leadership to the Department of State, as it seeks to improve the quality of life for all Floridians through its various activities, including preserving the state’s historical and cultural heritage; maintaining an open government by providing all Florida citizens access to information; and, enhancing Florida communities through business-friendly grant programs.”  

Michael Ertel, Secretary of State
Ertel has been the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections for thirteen years. Originally appointed by Governor Jeb Bush in February 2005, he was subsequently reelected by voters in 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2016. 

Prior to becoming an elections supervisor, he was a radio personality and an award-winning writer and journalist. Ertel spent eight years in the United States Army with service in the U.S., Panama, Berlin and the Balkans, among others. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal w/OLC, Army Achievement Medal w/2OLC, National Defense Service Medal, and the Expert Marksmanship Badge, among others. After the Army, he was in the public affairs field. Ertel served as Seminole County government’s first public information professional, as the director of public relations for a 185-location bank, and conducted post-disaster public relations for VISIT FLORIDA, Florida’s tourism marketing agency. 

Ertel is a highly sought out expert on elections issues, speaking to state, national and international election organizations. He has testified before a United States Senate subcommittee, as well as the State of Texas’ Legislature and the National Conference of State Legislatures on voter identification. He has spoken about election law to conventions of the American Bar Association and the American Association of Political Consultants. Ertel was a featured speaker on military voting rights at the Heritage Foundation, and was the only U.S. representative at the International Electoral Affairs Symposium in London, where he facilitated the discussion on rebuilding voter trust. 

Ertel has twice won International Electoral Awards, in 2013 for rebuilding voter trust, and in 2017 for voter engagement. He was one of ten inaugural recipients of Campaigns and Elections’ Innovator Awards. Ertel has been featured internationally on Fox News, MSNBC, the New York Times, and the U.K. Daily Mail. 

Ertel attended the University of Maryland University College and is a graduate of the journalism program at the Defense Information School. Ertel completed the Crummer mini-MBA at Rollins College in 2015. 

Ertel has been awarded the Martin Luther King, Jr. Award by the City of Longwood and was honored by the Seminole County Bar with their inaugural Thomas Jefferson Award. Orlando Life magazine has named him the region’s best elected official. 

Ertel, his wife, Michelle, and their dogs, Winston, Betty and Stanley, live in Geneva. They have two children: Zane, 24, a UCF graduate, and Gillian, 22, also a UCF graduate.  

Transition Advisory Committee on Government Operations

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What: Transition Advisory Committee on Government Operations
Who: Larry Hart, Committee Chair, and committee members
When: Friday, December 28, beginning at 1:00 PM EST.
Where: Knott Building, Florida Capitol Complex, Room 212
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL, 32399
Dial: 1 (888) 585-9008Conference room number: 373-194-536

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Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Teleconference Call

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What: Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Teleconference Call
Who: Congressman Brian Mast, Committee Chairman, and committee members
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Transition Advisory Committee on Education & Workforce Development Teleconference Call

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Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety Teleconference Call

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What: Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety Teleconference Call
Who: Kent Stermon, Committee Chairman, and committee members
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DeSantis Transition Announces Advisory Committee Meetings for the Week of December 24

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis’ Transition Team today announced next week’s meeting schedule for the Transition Advisory Committees on Public Safety, Education & Workforce Development, Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture and Government Operations.

FOR ALL MEETINGS, INTERESTED MEDIA ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND
Members of the media are encouraged to arrive early and RSVP as soon as possible. RSVP information and a public conference call number will be made available on www.DeSantisTransition.com prior to the meeting for members of the public and media who would like to listen to all meetings and teleconference calls.

Event Details:
What: Transition Advisory Committee on Public Safety Teleconference Call
Who: Kent Stermon, Committee Chairman, and committee members
When: Thursday, December 27, 2018, beginning at 10:00 AM EST.

Dial: 1 (888) 585-9008

Conference Code: 380-994-128


Event Details:
What: Transition Advisory Committee on Education & Workforce Development Teleconference Call
Who: Marva Johnson and Mori Hosseini, Committee Co-Chairs, and committee members
When: Friday, December 28, 2018, beginning at 1:00 PM EST.

Dial: 1 (888) 585-9008

Conference Code: 966-277-533

Event Details:
What: Transition Advisory Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources & Agriculture Teleconference Call
Who: Congressman Brian Mast, Committee Chairman, and committee members
When: Friday, December 28, 2018, beginning at 1:00 PM EST.

Dial: 1 (888) 585-9008

Conference Code: 987-617-888

Event Details:
What: Transition Advisory Committee on Government Operations
Who: Larry Hart, Committee Chair, and committee members
When: Friday, December 28, beginning at 1:00 PM EST.

(meeting location will be provided shortly on www.DeSantisTransition.com)

Where: Knott Building, Florida Capitol Complex, Room 212

400 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL, 32399


(meeting location will be provided shortly on www.DeSantisTransition.com)

Where: Knott Building, Florida Capitol Complex, Room 212 400 South Monroe Street Tallahassee, FL, 32399

Dial: 1 (888) 585-9008

Conference room number: 373-194-536

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Issues Statement Regarding the Case of The Groveland Four

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today issued the following statement regarding the case of the Groveland Four: 

“Seventy years is a long time. And that’s the amount of time four young men have been wrongly written into Florida history for crimes they did not commit and punishments they did not deserve. Justice was miscarried for the Groveland Four beginning with events set in motion in 1949. Though these men now lie in graves, their stories linger in search of justice.

“I appreciate the Legislature’s unanimous resolve and CFO Jimmy Patronis’ recent request that the Clemency Board consider the case. I look forward to reviewing the report of the Office of Executive Clemency and making the cases of the Groveland Four a priority for the first meeting of the Florida Cabinet in January. This is an appropriate action first acknowledged when Governor Leroy Collins commuted one of the victims’ sentences in 1955. And make no mistake: these men were victims.

“I urge all Floridians to become acquainted with the facts of this case. And not only Groveland, but we must all learn from the past in its fullness. We should be shocked by the acts of evil that were done yet inspired by the men and women of good will who have refused to let sleeping dogs lie.

“I believe the rule of law is society’s sacred bond. When it is trampled, we all suffer. For the Groveland Four, the truth was buried. The perpetrators celebrated. But justice has cried out from that day until this. 

“Seventy years is a long time to wait, but it is never too late to do the right thing.”

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Announces Richard Prudom as Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced he has appointed Richard Prudom to serve as Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. A long-standing Deputy Secretary of the Department, Prudom will lead the agency beginning in January, as the DeSantis-Nuñez Administration takes office. 

“Richard Prudom is a proven and dedicated public servant with extensive leadership experience within Florida’s government and I am pleased to announce he will continue his service to our state as Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs. I have full confidence that Richard will continue to work tirelessly to ensure Florida’s elders remain healthy, safe and independent,” said Governor-elect DeSantis.  

Richard Prudom, Secretary of the Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Richard Prudom has served as Deputy Secretary and Chief of Staff for the Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA) since 2011. He worked closely with the 11 Area Agencies on Aging and has lead several vital initiatives.

Before serving at DOEA, Prudom worked as the Director of Financial Management for the Department of Corrections, where he managed the $2.3 billion operating budget and over 400 contracts of the department. Prior to this role, Prudom served the Department of Corrections as Chief of Staff, where he helped advised the Secretary on a number of internal and external policy matters while working to set the agenda for the agency and ensured that its mission was met.

Governor-elect Ron DeSantis Reappoints Jim Poppell Secretary of Florida Lottery

Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor-elect Ron DeSantis today announced he has reappointed Jim Poppell as the Secretary of the Florida Lottery.  “Jim Poppell is a committed public servant who believes in the mission of the Florida Lottery,” said Governor-elect DeSantis. “With Jim continuing to lead the Florida Lottery, I am certain Florida students will continue to benefit from the outstanding educational opportunities the agency generates. A world-class education system is paramount to our state’s success, and I look forward to seeing the Florida Lottery contribute to our students’ success. Transparent and efficient operation of the lottery system is critical to ensuring that this program achieves its promise and Jim has demonstrated he is the professional to do this work.”

Jim Poppell, Secretary of Florida Lottery Jim Poppell has served as the Secretary of the Florida Lottery since July 2017. At the Florida Lottery, he is responsible for leading 400 employees to increase sales and transfers to enhance education and for maintaining relationships with more than 13,000 retailers.

Prior to joining the Florida Lottery, Poppell served as the Chief of Staff of the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, where he was responsible for representing the agency’s views on policy decisions and ensuring its mission and goals were achieved by managing the day-to-day operations of each of its divisions.

Poppell previously served as Executive Vice President of Human Resources at NextEra Energy, Inc., held several leadership positions at Florida Power & Light Company and was a Litigator with Foley & Lardner LLP. 

Poppell received his Juris Doctor from the University of Missouri, his Master of Arts in Spiritual Formation and Leadership from Spring Arbor University in Michigan and his Bachelor of Arts in History from Eckerd College.