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Governor Appoints or Re-Appoints Seven to Various State Boards

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Tallahassee - Friday September 16, 2022: Governor DeSantis has appointed or re-appointed seven people to various state Boards and Councils.

Three Appointed to the Boating Advisory Council

Hunter Bland - Bland, of Williston, is a National Boating Safety Advocate and Professional Bass Angler. He was previously a Biological Scientist and Fisheries Technician for Florida Fish and Wildlife. Bland earned his bachelor’s degree in forest resources and conservation at the University of Florida.

Christopher Castelli - Castelli, of Green Cove Springs, works for Geico Insurance and is a previous Marine Patrol Deputy with the Clay County Sheriff’s Office. He serves on the International Association of Marine Investigators Board of Directors. Castelli earned his bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Western Carolina University.

Robert Hilliard - Hilliard, of Clearwater, is a retired Project Engineer and Manager at Lockheed Martin. He is an avid boater and sportsman with experience in operating kayaks, canoes, paddleboards, sailboats, and powerboats. Hilliard earned his bachelor's degree in industrial and systems engineering from the University of Florida.

Two Appointed to the Barbers’ Board

Jorge Rivera - Rivera, of Orlando, is the Owner and a Barber at Classic Man Cuts and is also the Owner of CMC Grooming Products. He is a member of the American Barber Association. Rivera earned his barber certification from Artistic School of Nails & Cosmetology.

Edwin Stewart - Stewart, of Pensacola, is a Barber at the Navy Exchange at Sherman Field. He previously served in the Florida Army National Guard and has been a barber for over 50 years. Stewart earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Faulkner University.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

One appointed and another re-appointed to the Board of Cosmetology

Trena Giddens - Giddens, of Quincy, is the Owner and a Stylist at Awaken 514, Inc. She has been a licensed cosmetologist for the past 34 years and is a member of the Lively College Advisory Board. Giddens earned a technical certificate from Lively Vocational-Technical School.

Marisol Marin - Marin, of Miami, is a Contracts Compliance Specialist at Miami-Dade County Public Schools. She previously served as a Cosmetology Instructor for Robert Morgan Technical College. Marin earned her bachelor’s degree from Barry University.

These appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.