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By SUZANNE SCRUGGS

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 18, 2001


The Children's Board of Hillsborough County announces the appointment of seven new board members to its governing board of directors. Five of the seven new board members serve as gubernatorial appointments. They are: Thomas Hernandez, David Kennedy, Deborah Tamargo, Michele Vogel, and Dr. Barbara Morrison-Rodriguez. Hernandez serves as vice-president, regulatory affairs. He joined TECO in 1982 as an associate engineer in the company's production department. Kennedy is president of Kennedy Frost Investments Inc., a local real estate development, investment and management company. Tamargo is self-employed as an issue advocate, writer and consultant. Vogel is a vice-president of business development for Northern Trust Bank. Rodriguez is an associate dean and research professor with the Department of Child and Family Studies at USF. The other new members are Lynn Richard, who serves as regional director for the newly formed SunCoast Region of the Florida Department of Children & Families, and Ronda Storms, who has been the Hillsborough County commissioner for district 4 since November 1998.

The Tampa Bay Area Relocation Council has elected its new board of directors for 2001 as follows: Jana Coleman, president; Marlo Skinner, vice-president; Scott Entin, secretary; Maria Rhodes, treasurer; Yvonne Bean, membership; Sharan Backus, program chairman; and Jeanne Glenn, site selection chairman. Lois Older serves on the advisory board and is past president. The Council's mission is to provide corporate and service industry relocation professionals the opportunity to meet and work together on a regular basis.

Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, Tampa, announces that the following have been included in the 2001-02 edition of the Best Lawyers in America: Barbara R. Pankau and Gregory C. Yadley. Pankau was recognized in the health care law category, and Yadley was recognized in the corporate law Corwin Design & Graphics welcomes Tom Perry as director of sales and marketing. He will provide direct sales functions and client support services and manage production and new project development.

Pender Newkirk & Co. announces that K. Michael Wherley, certified public accountant, has been hired as a partner in the firm. Wherley is responsible for audit and accounting services and consulting for a broad-based clientele including both public and privately held corporations.

The law firm of Carlton Fields announces that Kevin J. Napper, a shareholder in the firm's Tampa office, is the new chairman of the board of Tampa Theatre Inc. The Theatre is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Tampa city landmark. Napper is a member of the firm's litigation department and practices in the areas of medical malpractice, product liability, criminal defense and general negligence actions. Before joining the firm, he was an assistant state attorney for the 13th Judicial Circuit. He received his law degree from the University of North Dakota School of Law.

Elizabeth Ruszkowski has been promoted to branch manager at A.J. O'Neal & Associates Inc. Ruszkowski will oversee sales, service, recruiting, training and payroll for the Plant City office. A.J. O'Neal is a 17-year-old staffing firm with offices in Brandon, Carrollwood and Plant City.

Janice Snow, manager of the welcome center at Westchase, has been named member of the year by the Sales and Marketing Council. Snow, who has been an SMC member for seven years, has been on its 13-member board of directors since 1997.

- Information for Business Briefs should be sent to Suzanne Scruggs, 1000 N. Ashley Drive, Suite 700, Tampa, FL 33602, or faxed to her at (813) 226-3381.

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