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Florida Statewide Drug Control Summit

February 12, 1999
9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Room 412, Knott Building Meeting Room
Tallahassee, Florida


JUDY ALEXANDER is Executive Director of the Florida office of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). Her involvement in drinking and driving issues began as a volunteer during the time her three children were teenagers in high school in the mid 1980's. Prior to employment with MADD Florida, Ms. Alexander was employed by the Florida Department of Education and the Florida Game and Freshwater Fish Commission. During her 9 year tenure with MADD, Alexander has been a member of the Florida Department of Transportation Safety Management System, the DUI Technical Advisory Committee, the local community Traffic Safety Team, and the DUI Programs Advisory Council. She has participated in numerous conferences, workshops, and seminars dealing with alcohol, youth, and highway safety issues. Ms. Alexander has continually strengthened her leadership abilities by attending conferences in Florida as well as at the National level. Her commitment to accomplishing MADD's mission "to stop drunk driving and to support the victims of this violent crime" is unwavering and a goal that she hopes can be accomplished within her lifetime.

TYRONE K. BACKERS earned a degree in Radiology Technology from Jackson Memorial Hospital, Miami, Florida in 1977 and attended the Ultrasound Diagnostic School, Pompano Beach, Florida specializing in Adult Echocardiography in 1990. He has received his B.A. degree from Barry University in Professional Studies with a concentration in Human Resource Management. Mr. Backers is presently completing a Master's in Business Administration (MBA) degree at St. Thomas University. Mr. Backers has extensive experience as a drug-educator and drug program administrator as founder and Executive Director of community Crusade Against Drugs of South Florida, Inc., as well as a part-time instructor at Miami-Dade Community College, North Campus and Hialeah Campus. He was on staff at Cedars Medical Center-Department of Radiology for 10 years as a Radiologist Technologist on the weekends. Mr. Backers has countless accomplishments within the community and throughout the state of Florida, one of which was being chosen the employee of the year at Cedars Medical Center's "Spirit of Cedars" Award. He also has presented drug education seminars and workshops for businesses, educational and social service institutions. He has served on many advisory boards including the State of Florida, Department of Children and Families and the Dade County Red Ribbon Council for Alcohol and other Drugs.

WILLIAM G. "BILL" BANKHEAD was appointed Secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice by Governor Jeb Bush and charged with the responsibility of overseeing 5,700 full-time employees and an annual budget of more than $627 million. Secretary Bankhead is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating the state's juvenile justice programs and services, including operation of juvenile detention centers, training schools, and residential and non-residential commitment programs. Secretary Bankhead has become an expert in juvenile justice issues. As a member of the Florida Senate for eleven years, the Florida House of Representatives for ten years, the Juvenile Justice Accountability Board for four years, and the Commission on Juvenile Justice for four years, he has broad experience with public policy issues affecting the juvenile justice system. He has served as Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee. At the time of his appointment, he was Chairman of the Senate Fiscal Policy Committee and was a member of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee. Secretary Bankhead is a member of numerous civic organizations and the recipient of many awards including the 1990 "Distinguished Legislator Award," from the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services. Secretary Bankhead is a graduate of the University of Florida. Before his appointment, he was the Manager of Real Estate Sales Administration for CSX Transportation in Jacksonville. He is married and has two children, Bill and Brook.

RICHARD M. BEARY was appointed to serve as Chief of Police for the city of Lake Mary, Florida on December 17, 1992. Prior to his appointment he served with the Altamonte Springs, Florida Police Department for over 15 years working through the ranks from Communications Operator to Commander of Police Operations. Chief Beary has received numerous awards from civic and service organizations. He has also been awarded a Medal of Valor for Performance Undertaken at Great Personal Hazard Law Enforcement Decorations. Chief Beary holds a Bachelors degree in Public Affairs from Rollins College, Winter Park, Florida and is a graduate of the 143rd session of the F.B.I. National Academy. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Seminole Community College, Sanford, Florida. Chief Beary is a member of numerous professional organizations on both state and national levels. He is currently President of the Florida Police Chiefs Association and is a member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Committee.

MARIAN BERGER is a former airline stewardess and is currently a sales executive for a mortgage wholesaler in Central Florida. Her husband BILL BERGER, a Vietnam Veteran, owns an insurance agency in Altamonte Springs. They have been married for 30 years and reside in Lake Mary, Florida. Their only child, Jason, died of a heroin overdose on September 6, 1997, at the age of 22. Since that time, they have been active in the war on drugs, working closely with the Seminole County Sheriff's Department, the Seminole County School Board and many other organizations, telling their story. In 1997/98, they spoke to every graduating D.A.R.E. class in their county and numerous other parent and student groups. They have also appeared frequently on radio and television programs speaking out against drug abuse.

SEMANHYIA BOATENG-MENSAH is a citizen of Ghana, West Africa. He has been a Catholic priest since 1973. His studies have been in Ghana, Italy, Germany and the U. S., and include degrees in Music, Liturgy and Public Administration. Rev. Boateng-Mensah has lived in the U. S. since 1987, and has been the Administrator of the St. Eugene Chapel and the Catholic chaplain of the Florida A&M University since 1992.

FRANK T. BROGAN, 15th Lieutenant Governor of Florida, was elected on the ticket with Governor Bush and inaugurated on January 5, 1999. Because of his experience as a teacher, school administrator, Superintendent of Schools in Martin County and Commissioner of Education, Frank Brogan knows the issues facing Florida's schools and has made education the hallmark of his successful public service career. Mr. Brogan was elected Florida's Education Commissioner in 1994. During his first year as Education Commissioner, he downsized the Department of Education, which is 40 percent smaller today than in 1994. He made progress in raising academic standards for Florida students by winning unanimous approval from the State Board of Education to raise the passing score on the High School Competency Test, a minimum skills test students must pass to earn a high school diploma. In May 1996, the State Board of Education unanimously adopted the new Sunshine State Standards, which were developed under Commissioner Brogan's leadership with the input of teachers, parents, administrators, business people and concerned citizens. In 1996, Commissioner Brogan received the Civil Rights Award in Education from the Florida Commission on Human Relations for his efforts to provide greater opportunities for minorities at the Department of Education and in Florida public schools. Lt. Governor Brogan is the first in his family to receive a college degree. Lt. Governor Brogan worked his way through school and earned a B.A. in Education from the University of Cincinnati. Later, he earned a Master's Degree in Administration/Supervision, with a 4.0 GPA, from Florida Atlantic University. Lt. Governor Brogan began his career in education as a teacher in 1978 and worked his way up in various administrative positions before being elected Superintendent of Schools in Martin County in 1988. He was unopposed for reelection in 1992. Lt. Governor Brogan and his wife, Mary, also a lifetime educator, were high school sweethearts and have been married 24 years. They lived in Stuart, Florida for 18 years before moving to Tallahassee in January 1995.

GINNY BROWN-WAITE is from Brooksville and represents Florida Senate District 10. She was elected to the Florida Senate in 1992 and subsequently reelected. While in the Senate, Senator Brown-Waite has served as a member of the Committees on Community Affairs, Children, Family & Seniors, Ways & Means and Regulated Industries, and has served as Chairman of the Committees on Health Care, and Natural Resources and Conservation. Currently, she is Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee and a member of the Committees on Banking and Insurance, Fiscal Policy, Governmental Oversight and Productivity, and Rules and Calendar. Senator Brown-Waite, by occupation, is a college professor and consultant, and a member of the West Hernando GOP, Hernando Spouse Abuse Shelter Board, and the Business and Professional Women's Association. Senator Brown-Waite has received community service awards from Spring Hill Civic Association, the Florida Association of Community Health Centers, Pasco-Hernando Community College, the American Lung Association, the American Heart Association, and the American Cancer Society. Her numerous other awards include: the Business and Professional Women Woman of the Year Award, the Florida League of Cities Quality Floridian Award, the Florida Trial Attorneys Consumer Rights Award, the Florida Public Health Association Outstanding Legislator Award, the Mothers Against Drunk Driving Legislative Excellence Award, the American Business Women's Association Associate of the Year Award, the Redlands Christian Migrant Association Exceptional Moments in Good Government Award, the Florida Medical Association Leadership Award, the Florida Sheriffs Association Legislative Award, and the Florida Conservation Association Award. Senator Brown-Waite is married to Harvey Waite of Albany, New York and has three children: Danene, Lorie Sue, and Jeannine.

M. ANTHONY BURNS joined Ryder System, Inc. in 1974. In December 1979, he was elected president and chief operating officer and was elected to the board of directors. He was elected chief executive officer in January 1983 and chairman of the board of directors in May 1985. Mr. Burns now serves and has previously served on the board of directors of numerous companies. Before joining Ryder, Mr. Burns spent nine years with Mobile Oil Corporation. He holds a bachelor of science degree from BrighamYoung University and an MBA degree from the University of California at Berkeley. He holds a doctor of public service degree (honorary) from Florida International University and has received many awards. Mr. Burns is married to the former Joyce Jordan of Heber City, Utah. They have three children and two grandchildren.

LOCKE BURT is from Ormond Beach and represents Florida Senate District 16. He was elected to the Florida Senate in 1991 and subsequently reelected. While in the Senate, Senator Burt has served as the Chairman of the Criminal Justice committee (1994 to 1996), the Majority Whip (1996) and Republican Leader (1996-1998), and has recently been appointed Chairman of the Budget committee. Senator Burt, by occupation, is an insurance executive and a member of the Florida Bar, American Bar Association, Illinois Bar Association, and Volusia County Bar Association. Senator Burt has received numerous awards which include: the Florida Sheriff's Association and Florida Police Chiefs Legislative Awards, the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services Legislator of the Year Award, the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Chapter XVII Distinguished Service Award, the Printing Association of Florida Paul Revere Award, the Florida Economic Development Council Legislator of the Year Award, the Florida Association of Counties County Champion Award, the Florida Sheriffs Senator of the Year Award, the HRS District 12 Outstanding Leadership Award, and the Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association Furtherance of Justice Award. Senator Burt is married to Ann E. Snyder of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and has two children: Melissa and Thomas.

COLUMBA BUSH, Florida's First Lady, is active in Informed Families of Florida, a non-profit organization, involved in educating families of the perils of drug abuse. In addition, she is the Chairman of the Foundation of the Ballet Folklorico, which raises money for the national dance troupe of Mexico so that it can give free performances to school-age children across the United States. Thus far, more than 250,000 children have seen the Ballet. Mrs. Bush and Governor Bush have been married for 24 years, and have three children: George, 22, Noelle, 21, and Jebby, 14.

JOHN ELLIS "JEB" BUSH was elected Governor of Florida in November of 1998. Governor Bush came to Florida nearly 18 years ago, as a small businessman with a small family and big dreams of opportunity. In 1981, with only three employees, he helped start a new real estate development company called the Codina Group. Until recently when he left the company to run for Governor, he served as the president and chief operating officer of that same small business. With over 200 employees, the Miami-based Codina Group is now the largest full service commercial real estate company in South Florida. However, Governor Bush's desire to "build" a better Florida has not been limited to the bricks and mortar of real estate. Since his arrival in the state, he has been equally active in civic and political affairs. He served as Florida's Secretary of Commerce under Governor Bob Martinez, promoting Florida's business climate worldwide, and was the Republican nominee for governor in 1994. Furthermore, he has volunteered his time to assist the Miami Children's Hospital, the United Negro College Fund of South Florida, the United Way of Dade County and the Dade County Homeless Trust. More recently, he established the Foundation for Florida's Future, a not for profit organization that has worked to impact public policy at the grassroots level for the last three years. It was in his capacity as the Chairman of the Foundation that he co-founded the Liberty City Charter School with the Urban League of Greater Miami. This independent public school, one of the state's first, now serves more than 140 underprivileged kindergarten, first, second and third graders from the poorest sections of Miami. Still, Governor Bush's most important role remains that of a husband and as a father. He has been married to his wife, Columba, for 24 years. His eldest son, George, is a public school teacher in south Dade County, and his daughter, Noelle, is a student at Miami Dade Community College. His youngest son, Jeb, will begin the ninth grade this year. He and Columba are members of Epiphany Catholic Church in Miami.

ROBERT A. "BOB" BUTTERWORTH was elected Florida's 33rd Attorney General in 1986, following nearly two decades of service as a prosecutor, judge, sheriff and mayor. He was re-elected Attorney General in 1990, 1994, and 1998. Mr. Butterworth earned a degree in business administration with a major in accounting in 1965 from the University of Florida. In 1969, he received a juris doctorate from the University of Miami Law School followed by advanced studies in international law. After his admittance to The Florida Bar, he was an assistant state attorney in Dade county. As an attorney for the Broward County Sheriff's Office in 1973-73, Mr. Butterworth was one of the nation's first police legal advisors to work directly with officers on the street. This pilot project was later expanded nationally by the federal government. During 1973-74, Mr. Butterworth was part of a team of prosecutors in Broward County that gained widespread recognition for its successful crack-down on local political corruption and the south Florida underworld. From 1974 to 1978, he served first as a Broward County Judge until Governor Reubin Askew appointed him Circuit Court Judge. He was subsequently elected without opposition. On December 21, 1978, Governor Askew appointed him Sheriff of Broward County. Broward citizens subsequently elected Mr. Butterworth to that office by one of the widest margins in county history. While sheriff, he gained international attention for sending his deputies into the Caribbean in pursuit of drug runners. In 1982, Governor Bob Graham and the Cabinet appointed Mr. Butterworth Director of the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, which includes the Florida Highway Patrol. Mr. Butterworth pioneered FHP's highly successful drug interdiction program, developed one of the nation's first formal driver license fraud detection programs and formed an elite team of "super troopers" to uncover drug runners. Governor Graham again turned to Mr. Butterworth in 1984 and appointed him mayor of Sunrise. He then returned to the private practice of law until his election as Attorney General. Mr. Butterworth and his wife, Marta Prado, a health care executive, have two children Brandon and BreAnne.

SHIRLEY D. COLETTI is PAR's President and has distinguished herself as a leading advocate for substance abusing women and their children, high risk youth and families. She was the driving force behind the founding of Operation PAR and has been an outstanding contributor to the field of substance abuse treatment, prevention and education for over 29 years. Her personal commitment and leadership has developed PAR from a grass roots parents' group to a comprehensive substance abuse treatment, prevention and research organization which serves thousands of individuals each year. To honor her life long commitment and achievements in the field of substance abuse, Mrs. Coletti was awarded, in May of 1996, an honorary doctorate degree in Human Letters from the College of Public Health of the University of South Florida. Mrs. Coletti is well known nationally and internationally as a leader and expert in her field. Among her many honors and accomplishments are two Presidential appointments, one made by former President Ronald Reagan to the U.S. Senate Caucus on International Narcotics Controls and the second made by former President George Bush to the Commission on Model State Drug Laws. She is a former member of the National Institute of Drug Abuse and currently serves as a member of the National Advisory Council of the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment. In addition, Mrs. Coletti serves on the Advisory Committee on the Dually Diagnosed for the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and is President of Keep Kids Drug Free, a non profit prevention foundation. She has served as a U.S. delegate to international drug abuse conferences on three continents and as a long time advisor to state and national leaders regarding substance abuse issues and concerns. She and PAR were recognized by the George Washington University Center for Health Policy Research in Washington, D.C. as leaders in the substance abuse treatment, prevention and research fields.

COLEEN COOK is a freshman at Florida State University, majoring in Communications. Ms. Cook is a close friend of a young girl who died approximately six months ago of a heroin overdose.

TINKER COOPER is a grassroots advocate for drug education and prevention in the Orlando area. She is a parent of an overdose victim who, along with other parents and the Orange County Sheriff's Office, recently produced a videotape documenting the personal and devastating effects of heroin abuse.

VICTOR CRIST is from Temple Terrace and represents Florida House District 60. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1992 and subsequently reelected. While in the House of Representatives, Representative Crist has served on the Business Regulation & Consumer Affairs Committee, as Vice Chairman of the Corrections Committee and as Chairman of the Justice Council. Currently, Representative Crist is a member of the Committees on Criminal Justice Appropriations, Rules and Calendar, Business Regulation & Consumer Affairs and Intergovernmental Relations, and is Chairman of the Criminal Justice and Corrections Council. Representative Crist, by occupation, is President of Metropolitan Communications, Inc. and an executive member of numerous organizations, including the USF Area Community Civic Association, the Hillsborough County Weed and Seed Initiative, the University Area New Image Revitalization Task Force, and Hillsborough County Parent and Teacher Associations. Representative Crist has received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Florida Apartment Association, the Florida Life Care Residents Association, the Florida Professional Firefighter's Association, the Florida Association of State Troopers, and the Fourth District American Advertising Federation. Representative Crist has also been recognized for legislative achievement by the Fraternal Order of Police, Florida Prosecuting Attorneys Association, Independent Funeral Directors, Florida Sheriffs Association, and Florida Life Care Residents. His numerous other awards include: the Tampa Center for Women Appreciation Award, the Dynamic Republican Women Federated Appreciation Award, the Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency Distinguished Service Award, the House Republican Caucus and Leadership Outstanding Productivity and Performance Award, the Tampa Bay Area Young Advertising Professional of the Year Award, and the USF Outstanding Service and Humanitarian of the Year Awards.

MARILYN WAGNER CULP has been the President of The Miami Coalition For A Safe And Drug-Free Community since its inception in 1988. Her responsibilities include overseeing the Coalition's daily operations, coordinating task forces and committees, as well as the work of the over 5,000 volunteers and five staff members. The Coalition has provided assistance to 74 countries and 642 U.S. cities trying to replicate its accomplishments. Ms. Culp received her B.A. from Baldwin-Wallace College and her M.A. from Bowling Green State University. She was a college professor for six years and worked in the Multnomah County District Attorney's office for 13 years before moving to Miami and accepting her position with the Coalition. She is married to Ron Culp, Athletic Trainer of The Miami HEAT, and has two daughters aged 18 and 11.

JOHN DAIGLE is the Executive Director of the Florida Alcohol and Drug Abuse Association which represents more than 80 agencies as well as 1,000 individuals concerned with alcohol and drug abuse in Florida. Mr. Daigle has more than 28 years of experience in the substance abuse field, both at the community level in program development and administration, as well as at the state and national level, in advocacy, public policy development and association management. He has served on numerous statewide task forces, including the Governor's Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse, the Florida Drug Abuse and Drop Out Prevention Task Force, and the Governor's Substance Abuse Advisory Council. On a national level, he is current Chair of the Steering Committee of the National Coalition of State Alcohol & Drug Treatment & Prevention Associations. He is as a past member of the Board of Directors of the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Problems Association (ADPA), is Past-President of the National Network of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Associations and has served as a consultant to several states. On an international level, he has served as a consultant to the countries of Columbia and Grenada.

TIMOTHY PAUL EGNOR has been with Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange since 1981 where he started as a Social Studies Teacher. He has served in several capacities throughout his years at Spruce Creek High School and also with the Volusia County School System. He is currently Principal at the high school. Mr. Egnor graduated from Stetson University (Magna Cum Laude) in 1985 with a B.A. in Social Science Education. He is currently a member of numerous organizations and has served in the past on many committees throughout Volusia County and Florida. He also has several publications to his credit. Mr. Egnor is married to Becky and they have three children, Ian and Erica (eight year-old twins), and Erin who is 12.

T. WILLARD FAIR is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Urban League of Greater Miami, Inc. A powerful voice in the effort to improve his community, he has worked for the Urban League since September, 1963. He received a B.A. Degree in Sociology, graduating Cum Laude, from Johnson C. Smith University, 1961, and a M.S.W. Degree from Atlanta University School of Social Work, 1963. Mr. Fair's community involvement in Miami is extensive, as is his 100 plus service and recognition awards. His commitment to education includes having served as an adjunct professor at Atlanta University School of Social Work at Bethune Cookman College and Florida International University. His published work includes articles in the Miami Herald, Miami Magazine and Tropic Magazine, and he has been a host of both radio and television programs. As an analyst on some of the pressing issues of the day, he has been interviewed by "60 Minutes," the "Tom Brokaw Show," Ebony and National Geographic. Mr. Fair is the recipient of the State of Florida Outstanding Citizen Service Award for his commitment to the Sunshine State.

TOM GALLAGHER was born February 3, 1944, and raised in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Gallagher moved to Florida in 1961 to attend the University of Miami, where he received a bachelor's degree in business administration. After graduating from college, he served in the Army for two years where one of his assignments was serving as a member of the prestigious Presidential Honor Guard in Ft. Myers, Virginia. Mr. Gallagher's public service began in 1974, when for seven years he was the only Republican elected to the Florida House of Representatives from Dade County. He served as Chairman of the Dade House Delegation in 1980 and as Minority Whip from 1980 to 1982. Mr. Gallagher was selected by his colleagues as runner-up for Most Effective in Debate in 1981 and was named Most Effective in Committee in 1984. Following an unsuccessful bid for governor in 1986, Mr. Gallagher became president of a mortgage software business, Gallagher Financial Systems, Inc., owned and operated by his brother Doug. In 1987, Governor Bob Martinez appointed Mr. Gallagher Secretary of the Department of Professional Regulation. In 1988, he was elected Florida's Insurance Commissioner. Commissioner Gallagher, probably best known for his leadership in the aftermath of Florida's most costly natural disaster, Hurricane Andrew, fought for consumers' rights when thousands of Floridians needed claims assistance and insurance companies threatened to drop policyholders. Commissioner Gallagher was elected Florida's Commissioner of Education in November, 1998. His top priority is to better educate children and prepare them for the future. Commissioner Gallagher's focus will be on school readiness, literacy programs and safe schools.

JESSICA GOH is a 17 year old junior at Ridgeview High School in Orange Park. Currently involved with the students against drugs and alcohol, and the students working against tobacco. Ms. Goh maintains a high A/B average in school. She is Captain of the school swim team and active on the basketball and golf teams. Ms. Goh speaks 5 languages. She got started in the anti-drug programs while working as an underage operative with the Florida's Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco (ABT). Having been involved in checking hundreds of licensees for the sale of tobacco and alcohol products to minors has given her an inside view. Ms. Goh was recently invited to introduce Vice President Al Gore at a Tobacco conference held at the White House. Ms. Goh remains active with ABT enforcement and works after school at AMC Theater.

MARTIN GUTFREUND has been Vice President of Human Resources and Administration for Uniroyal Technology Corporation since 1992. Previously, Mr. Gutfreund was Vice President of Human Resources and later Vice President of Government Affairs for Tropicana Products, Inc. Mr. Gutfreund began his career with General Motors Corporation in 1966. He has been active in Florida Drug-Free Workplace Incentive since 1986 and served as a working member of President Bush's Drug Advisory Council. He was Co-chairman of the Florida State Chamber of Commerce Drug Association Committee 1990-1995 (2 terms) and Co-chairman of Business Against Drugs, Manatee County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Gutfreund and his family have resided in Bradenton since 1985. He is a graduate of the University of Kentucky.

PATRICK HADLEY is the Executive Director of MAD DADS of Greater Ocala, Inc. and is the National Vice President of MAD DADS. Mr. Hadley is responsible for overseeing the developing, coordination, planning, directing and implementation of nine active programs and 41 chapters of MAD DADS throughout the State of Florida. As National Vice President, he oversees the entire South East Region of MAD DADS Chapters. He is also responsible for implementing and executing policy and procedures to ensure agency compliance with program requirements. Mr. Hadley received hospital and nursing administration training from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan and vocational training from Central Florida Community College in Ocala, Florida. A strong community advocate, Mr. Hadley is a Board Member for the First Union National Bank of Ocala, a Juvenile Justice council Member for District 13 in the State of Florida, and a member of the School Outreach Task Force and Community Council Against Substance Abuse. He serves as a Commissioner on the Florida Commission on Responsible Fatherhood and, pursuant to an appointment by Governor Lawton Chiles, currently serves as a member of the Judicial Nominating Committee. Mr. Hadley serves on many other civic organizations.

MAJOR B. HARDING was appointed to the Florida Supreme Court by Governor Lawton Chiles on January 22, 1991. He currently serves as the Court's Chief Justice. Chief Justice Harding is a native of Charlotte, North Carolina. He began his tenure on the bench in Florida with his 1968 appointment as a Duval County juvenile court judge. In December 1970, he was appointed to the circuit bench in the Fourth Judicial Circuit. As a circuit judge, he was elected chief judge in 1974 and again in 1975. At the time of his appointment to the Supreme Court, he was the dean of the Florida Judicial College and Chair-elect of the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges. In 1996, Chief Justice Harding was appointed Chair of the Florida Court Education Council. Chief Justice Harding received his bachelor of science and bachelor of laws degrees from Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, in 1957 and 1959, respectively, and he attended the United States Army Infantry School and the United States Army Judge Advocate General School. He received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Stetson University in 1991. Chief Justice Harding received a degree of Master of Laws in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1995. While at Wake Forest, he was a member of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, Sigma Chi Fraternity, and Scabbard & Blade Honorary Military Fraternity. He was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1959, to The Florida Bar in 1960, and is a member of the American Bar. From 1960-62, he served as assistant staff judge advocate at Fort Gordon, Georgia, where he received trial experience in general courts martial, legal assistance and government contracts. From 1962-1963, he was the assistant county solicitor prosecuting in Duval County's Criminal Court of Record, and in 1964 he entered private practice. Chief Justice Harding's accomplishments are many. Most recently, in September 1998 he was awarded the Justice Harry Lee Anstead Professionalism Award by the Dade County Trial Lawyers Association. Chief Justice Harding was active in civic affairs in Jacksonville and as a member of a Presbyterian church in Jacksonville, he has served as deacon and elder, and has been active in church education, teaching adults, youth, and primary age children. He is now a member of Christ Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee where he serves as an Elder and Clerk of the Session. Chief Justice Harding and his wife, the former Jane Lewis, have three children -- Major, David, and Alice -- and eight grandchildren.

RONALD O. HARRISON was appointed the Adjutant General of Florida by Governor Lawton Chiles on March 1, 1992. As the Adjutant General, he is the Governor's senior military advisor and oversees both the state and federal missions of the Florida National Guard. In 1961, General Harrison began his military career in Schweinfurt, Germany as a rifle platoon leader and company executive officer in the 3rd Infantry Division. He was appointed to the Florida Army National Guard in July 1963 and has served as a reconnaissance platoon leader and in a variety of staff assignments. He is as a graduate of the Command and General Staff College and the Senior Reserve Officer Course at the U.S. Army War College. His military decorations are numerous, as are his civic affiliations. General Harrison was born in Bartow, Florida. He graduated from Florida State University in 1960 with a B.S. in Business Administration. While at FSU, he was recognized as Athlete of the Year in 1960 and as a distinguished military graduate. He currently resides in St. Augustine and is married to the former Mysie Surguine of Orlando. He has two children, Kim Harrison Ferguson and Raymond D. Harrison, a stepdaughter Mysie S. Saulsbury, and five grandchildren.

DR. R. B. HOLMES, JR., is presently Pastor of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Tallahassee. He began his ministry in Canton, Ohio in 1970 as a youth pastor. Dr. Holmes has many accomplishments, most recently as founder of the C.K. Steel-Leroy Collins Community Charter Middle School in 1996. His civic, community and religious affiliations include being President of the Baptist Ministers Council since 1987, and a member of the Tallahassee Chapter of "100 Black Men of America, Inc." Dr. Holmes received his A.A. Degree from Central Florida Junior College in 1970; his B.A. Degree from Malone College, Canton, Ohio; and his M.A. Degree from Methodist Theological Seminary in Delaware, Ohio in 1975. Dr. Holmes is married to the former Gloria Price and has three children.

DOUGLAS W. HUGHES began his law enforcement career in 1964 as a Police Trainee with the New York City Police Department. He was assigned to uniform patrol in 1966 and to a street crimes unit in midtown Manhattan until 1971 when he joined the Metro-Dade Police Department. In Dade, he has served in many patrol, investigative, administrative and command positions as he has moved trough the ranks. In 1987, Lt. Col. Hughes became Dade's first "Drug Czar," serving as the Director of the Office of Substance Abuse Control. In 1988, Governor Martinez appointed him Florida's first "Drug Czar," and served as the Governor's Drug Policy Advisor. At this post he chaired several committees and also served as the Governor's lobbyist for drug matters. In 1990, Lt. Col. Hughes was requested by the U.S. Department of Justice to serve as South Florida's Director for the newly created High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area program. Lt. Col. Hughes is recognized as an authority on comprehensive anti-drug strategies, contemporary urban policing, public and private sector community programs, as well as the coordination of civil disturbance prevention and control. He has lectured extensively at conferences and seminars across the United States. He has been recognized on numerous occasions for his accomplishments. Lt. Col. Hughes has a Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration and has a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from St. Thomas University.

TONI JENNINGS is from Orlando and represents Florida Senate District 9. She was elected to the House of Representatives in 1976 and served there until 1980, when she was elected to the Florida Senate. Senator Jennings has been subsequently reelected. While in the Senate, Senator Jennings has held numerous posts including: Senate Republican Leader (1984, 1986-1988), Republic Leader Pro Tempore (1982-1983, 1985-1986), Orange County Legislative Delegation Chairman (1980-1982, 1985-1986, 1991-1992), and Seminole County Legislative Delegation Chairman (1990-1992). Currently, Senator Jennings is serving her second term as Senate President (until 2000). She is the first senator in Florida to serve two consecutive terms as Senate President. Senator Jennings, by occupation, is in construction and real estate, and is a member of the Orlando Area Board of Realtors, Associated Builders and Contractors, the Central Florida Builders Exchange, and the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International. Senator Jennings has received the Legislator of the Year Award from the Florida Association of District School Superintendents, the Florida School Boards Association, the Florida Association of School Social Workers, and the Florida Home Builders Association. Her numerous other awards include: the National Multiple Sclerosis Society Hope Award, the Leukemia Society of America Service to Mankind Award, the Florida Bankers Association Award, the Women's Resource Center Summit Award, the Florida Sheriffs Legislative Award, the National Associated Builders and Contractors Distinguished Service Award, the Florida Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Award, the National Federation of Independent Businesses Guardian of Small Business Award, and the National Republican Legislators Association Second Annual "Frank J. Fahrenkopf, Jr., Award," for Outstanding Minority Leader.

KATHLEEN KEARNEY was appointed to serve as Secretary for the Department of Children and Families by Governor Bush. Until her appointment, she served as a Circuit Court Judge in Broward County. Judge Kearney specialized in child protection during her ten years on the bench. Called a "true child advocate" and someone who has "the passion for protecting children," Judge Kearney was appointed, then elected to the bench in 1988 and has since presided over child abuse and neglect cases. She also lectures nationally and trains other judges throughout the state on child abuse cases. Judge Kearney received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame and has served as: a staff attorney for Child Advocacy from 1980-1981; an assistant state attorney in the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit of Florida from 1981-1988; a Broward County Judge from 1988-1995; and a Circuit Court Judge from 1995 to 1998. Judge Kearney was the Florida Chairperson for the Dependency Court Improvement Program, which successfully persuaded the Legislature to reform and streamline dependency court proceedings in the 1998 legislative session. She currently serves on the Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and is State Director of the Florida Judicial Mentor Program.

SUSAN LATVALA was elected to her second term on the Pinellas County School Board in 1996. She serves as Chairman, Board of PAR, Inc., and Chairman, FSBA, Drug and Tobacco Task Force. Mrs. Latvala has been appointed by the Commissioner of Education to serve on the State Advisory Council of Exceptional Student Education. She serves on the White House conference on Youth, Drug Use and Violence and is active in many community and civic organizations. Mrs. Latvala is a graduate of Leadership Florida, Class XV and serves on the boards of the Suncoast Family YMCA, PACE Center for Girls, American Heart Association, chairman of the Henry Scharrer memorial Scholarship Fund and past president of the South Florida Consortium of School Boards.

BOB MARTINEZ was elected Governor of Florida in 1986. Governor Martinez is currently the Managing Director of Carlton Fields Government Consulting and President of Pro Tech Monitoring, Inc., a satellite surveillance company. He served as the nation's Drug Czar under President George Bush. Before becoming Governor, he served as Mayor of Tampa for eight years. He also served as Vice Chairman of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Born in Tampa in 1934, Governor Martinez earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Tampa and a Master of Arts degree from the University of Illinois. He began his professional career as a teacher in the Hillsborough County School System. He and his wife, Mary Jane, live in Tampa and have two grown children and four grandchildren.

BARRY R. McCAFFREY was confirmed by unanimous vote of the U.S. Senate as the Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) on February 29, 1996. He serves as a member of the President's Cabinet, the President's Drug Policy Council, and the National Security Council for drug-related issues. By law, the Director certifies the $17.1 billion federal drug control budget and drafts the U.S. National Drug Control Strategy. General McCaffrey graduated from Phillips Academy in Andover, Massachusetts and the U.S. Military Academy. He holds a master of arts degree in civil government from American University and taught American government, national security studies, and comparative politics at West Point. He attended Harvard University's National Security Program. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and an associate member of the Inter-American Dialogue. Prior to confirmation as ONDCP Director, he was the Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces Southern Command. During his career, he served overseas for thirteen years, twice receiving the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation's second highest medal for valor. He also was awarded three Purple Heart medals for wounds sustained in combat. He has received many honors and awards including decorations from France, Brazil, Argentina, Columbia, Peru, and Venezuela.

JOHN L. MICA was elected to serve the newly created East Central Florida 7th Congressional District in November 1992. He currently is serving his third term. This district consists of the suburban area between Orlando and Daytona Beach, Florida. Congressman Mica serves on the Government Reform and Oversight Committee. In recognition of his work toward governmental reform during the 103rd Congress, Congressman Mica was appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on Civil Service. Congressman Mica also serves on the Subcommittee on National Security, International Affairs, and Criminal Justice. In 1997, Congressman Mica was appointed to the House Oversight Committee, which oversees House administrative operations. Prior to his election to the U.S. House, Congressman Mica established several successful business ventures including cellular telephone, real estate, international trade consulting and governmental affairs firms. In 1973, the Florida Jaycees recognized his work in reorganizing local government by awarding him the Florida State Good Government Award. Congressman Mica served in the Florida House of Representatives from 1976 to 1980. He was recognized for his service by being named one of Florida's Five Outstanding Young Men in 1978. He served as Chief of Staff and Administrative Assistant to Florida Republican United States Senator Paula Hawkins from 1981 to 1985. Congressman Mica is a graduate of the University of Florida (1967) and Miami-Dade Community College (1965). He is active in national and community affairs, and is listed in Who's Who in American Politics. He is a member of the Delta Chi Fraternity and Florida Blue Key. His brother, Dan Mica, served for ten years as a United States Congressman from South Florida. Congressman Mica and his wife, Patricia, have been married for twenty-four years and have two children, D'Anne, 22, and Clark, 18. The Mica family has resided in Central Florida since 1972.

JAMES T. "TIM" MOORE was appointed Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement on June 2, 1988. Commissioner Moore began his career with FDLE in 1973, serving in a variety of technical, professional, and managerial positions which have developed his overall knowledge of FDLE, the criminal justice profession, and the function of state government. From January to December 1979, Commissioner Moore interrupted his FDLE career to further develop his professional and academic skills by attending and successfully completing a graduate program (with a 4.0 grade point average) in Public Administration at Georgia State University. Mr. Moore also possesses a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminology from Florida State University and is a fully certified, sworn law enforcement officer.

MICHAEL W. MOORE was born in Houston, Texas, on August 30, 1948. A 1976 graduate of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Criminology and Corrections. In 1973 he was awarded an Associate of Science degree in Law Enforcement from Alvin Junior College in Alvin, Texas. On January 5, 1999, Mr. Moore, a 32-year correctional professional, was appointed by Governor Bush Secretary for the Florida Department of Corrections. Secretary Moore had been director of the South Carolina Department of Corrections since 1995. Prior to leading the South Carolina prison system, Secretary Moore worked for more than two decades in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice where he rose from a correctional officer in 1967 to regional director in 1985. During his Texas tenure, Secretary Moore also served as a personnel and training lieutenant, industrial supervisor, lieutenant, captain, and major of correctional officers, as well as warden of a maximum-security prison. He served as a regional director for ten years before he joined the South Carolina system. In 1995 and 1997, Secretary Moore received the Watchdog for the Taxpayers award for the Office of the South Carolina State Treasurer. In 1997, he received the Strom Thurman Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement and the Silver Scales of Justice Award for the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network.

DONALD R. MORAN, JR., served as County Court Judge in Duval County from 1977-1983. He was appointed to the Fourth Judicial Circuit Court in 1983. Judge Moran has served as Chief Judge of the Fourth Judicial Circuit since 1993. He attended the University of Kentucky in 1968; the University of Florida Law School in 1973; and was Assistant State Attorney from 1973-1977. Judge Moran is married to Elaina and they have four children, Richard, Brendan, D'Arcy and Donald.

WILLIAM COPE MOYERS is the Director of Public Policy for the Hazelden Foundation, based in Minnesota. He focuses on policy issues related to drug and alcohol addiction, treatment, and education. Hazelden was founded in 1949, and is an internationally recognized organization whose mission is to help build recovery in the lives of individuals, families and communities affected by alcoholism, drug dependence and related diseases. One of Mr. Moyers's key policy initiatives is "carrying the message" about addiction and recovery into the public arena, especially to elected officials and civic groups. He uses his own personal experiences to highlight the power of addiction and the power of recovery. He has appeared on "Larry King Live," "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and "The Today Show." His work has been featured in the New York Times and Newsweek. Before joining Hazelden, Mr. Moyers was an award-winning journalist for 15 years. He has worked at CNN and various newspapers around the country. He and his wife live with their three children in St. Paul, MN.

NEIL J. PERRY is a thirty year veteran of St. Johns County law enforcement. He was elected Sheriff in 1984 and was re-elected in 1988, 1992, and 1996. He has a B.A. degree from NOVA University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Florida Criminal Executive Institute's Chief Executive Course. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Army's Command and General Staff College. Sheriff Perry is a Colonel in the Florida Army National Guard with his current assignment being Public Affairs Officer. He has served as Chairman for numerous organizations and is currently President of the Florida Sheriff's Association. He has been the recipient of many civilian and military commendations and is active in many community service organizations. Sheriff Perry is married to Syd and they have three children.

PEGGY B. SAPP brought Miami together to focus on the drug problem in 1982. She created Informed Families from 6 volunteers to a $1 million dollar agency with national outreach. Informed Families, whose mission is "Helping kids grow up healthy and drug-free", trains over 4,000-6,000 families annually. She is President-elect of the National Family Partnership. Mrs. Sapp is a recognized leader in drug prevention through grassroots involvement. The National Red Ribbon Campaign was created and coordinated under her leadership. Catalyst, Innovator and Synergy are words that accurately describe her leadership. Recently, Mrs. Sapp was recognized for her drug prevention work as one of Eckerd Drugs' 100 Women Who Have Made a Difference in America. She has been Community Vice President of the Junior League of Miami, Education Coordinator of the Parent Resource Center, and founder of the Parent Center at Miami-Dade Community College. She conducts leadership, management, marketing and family involvement seminars for the League of Women Voters, the Episcopal Church, PTA's and other civic and cultural organizations. She has written articles for The Miami Herald, testified before Congress, and is featured on numerous television and radio talk shows. Mrs. Sapp attended the University of Maryland and is an honors graduate of Barry University. She serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Social Work at Barry University, the University of Miami School of Medicine Center for Family Studies, and the Board of Directors of the Miami Coalition. Her husband, Neil, is a Captain for Delta Airlines. She has two married daughters and five grandchildren, so she actively practices what she preaches.

BETTY S. SEMBLER was born in Memphis, Tennessee and graduated with honors from Northwestern University in 1953. A Florida resident since 1968, Ms. Sembler has been active in community affairs ranging from the arts to politics. However, without question, Ms. Sembler's primary commitment has been as a leader in the war against drugs. Her efforts as an anti-drug activist began 25 years ago. In 1976, Ms. Sembler was one of ten founding members of Straight, Inc., a non-profit drug treatment program that worked with young people between the ages of 12 and 21. She served on the national board and as chairman of the Tampa Bay Advisory Board. Straight's goal of helping "just one kid" resulted in the successful treatment of over 12,000 young people in eight cities nationally from Dallas to Boston. Ms. Sembler has also been an active member of PRIDE (Parent's Resource Institute for Drug Education) and for the past ten years has served on the national board of PRIDE. She has helped form public policy in the United States' campaign against drugs through her participation in the White House Conference for a Drug-Free America, as a member of the Governor's Drug Policy Task Force in Florida, and as a board member of DARE Florida (Drug Abuse Resistance Education), a national organization that provides drug resistance education for elementary and middle school students. Ms. Sembler serves on the national board of DARE International as vice-chairperson. While her husband served as U.S. Ambassador to Australia, Ms. Sembler formed a DARE foundation in the Australia Capital territories, regularly conducted seminars for DARE, and started an anti-drug outreach organization through the Advertising Federation of South Australia. Ms. Sembler serves on the board of directors on numerous foundations and is the founder of the Drug Free America Foundation, Inc. She is president of S.O.S. (Save Our Society from Drugs) whose mission is to defeat the legalization of illegal drugs throughout the U.S. She has three sons and eleven grandchildren.

RONALD SILVER is from North Miami and represents Florida Senate District 38. He was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and served there until 1992, when he was elected to the Florida Senate. Senator Silver has been subsequently reelected. While in the legislature, Senator Silver has served as the Chairman of the Dade County Legislative Delegation (1982-1983, 1995-1996), the House Majority Whip (1984-1986), the House Majority Leader (1986-1988), the House Floor Leader for Governor (1990-1992), and the Senate Majority Leader (1994). Currently, he is Chairman of the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services, is Vice Chairman of the Governmental Oversight and Productivity Committee, and is a member of the Committees on Criminal Justice and the Judiciary. Senator Silver, by occupation, is an attorney and a member of the Florida Bar, American Judges Association, and North Dade Bar Association. Senator Silver has received numerous awards which include: the Florida Sheriff's Association Legislative and Senator of the Year Awards, the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers Outstanding Senate Member Award, the Police Benevolent Society Outstanding Senator of the Year Award, the Association of Counties County Champion Award, the United Teachers of Dade Public School Education and Leadership in the Florida Senate Award, the United States Department of Justice/Drug Enforcement Administration Legislative Leadership Award, the Council on Aging Humanitarian Leadership Award, the Allen Morris Award, and the Florida League of Cities Quality Floridian Award. Senator Silver is married to Irene Huth of Savannah, Georgia and has two children: Elayne and Joel.

JOHN THRASHER is from Orange Park and represents Florida House District 19. He was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 1992 and subsequently reelected. While in the House of Representatives, Representative Thrasher has served as the Chairman for the Clay County Delegation and as a member of the Republican Caucus Policy Committee. Currently, Representative Thrasher is Speaker of the House. Representative Thrasher, by occupation, is an attorney and a member of the Florida Bar, Clay Police Athletic Board, Children's Haven Advisory Board, and Clay YMCA Board of Directors. Representative Thrasher has received numerous awards which include: the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Army Commendation Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, the National Defense Medal, the Florida School Board Association First Term Legislator of the Year Award, the Florida Association of School Administrators Raymond B. Stewart Gavel of Authority Award, the Florida School Board Association "67 Award" for the 1994 House of Representatives Legislator of the Year, and the House Republican Caucus Champion of Florida School Children Award. Representative Thrasher is married to Jean Moore of Jacksonville, Florida and has three children: Jennifer, Jon, and Julie.

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