2013 - 2014 Citizens Advisory Committee Biographies and Photos
Lauren M. Anzaldo is Manager of Clinical Services at Pathways for Change. A Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Addictions Professional, Anzaldo oversees the organization's inpatient and outpatient counseling programs for treatment of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. Anzaldo began her career as a substitute teacher in Escambia County and a librarian before earning a Masters of Social Work degree. She graduated magna cum laude from Florida State University in August 2009 and achieved licensure in 2011. Anzaldo serves as a board member of Community Drug and Alcohol Council and a steering committee member for National Association of Social Workers Northwest Florida Unit. She is a member of the League of Women Voters and the 2011 Leadership Pensacola Class.
Diana K. Bock is an assistant attorney general practicing in the Criminal Appeals Division of the Florida Attorney General’s Office in Tampa. She has been with the attorney general's office for 22 years, serving in several divisions including Civil Litigation, RICO, Medicaid Fraud and Economic Crimes. In her current role, she has appeared before Florida district courts of appeal, the Florida Supreme Court and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. The immediate past-chair of the Government Lawyers Section, Bock has been appointed by President Eugene Pettis to serve on the Board of Governors as the 2013-2014 Government Lawyers liaison. She is a former president of the Bruce R. Jacob Criminal Appellate Inn of Court, the first criminal appellate Inn of Court in the country. The organization fosters professionalism in the practice of appellate law and the mentoring of young attorneys and law students.
Martha C. Bogdan is president and chief executive officer of the American Lung Association of the Southeast, Inc. in Jacksonville, a position she has held since 2005. In this position she oversees legislative initiatives to improve air quality in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina, with a special emphasis on strengthening the federal Clean Air Act. She is also in charge of programs and services for patients with lung cancer, asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and other lung ailments. With her board of directors and volunteers, she works to raise money for lung research, including the funding of two Asthma Clinical Research Centers in Florida. Previously she worked for the American Lung Association in New York City and Delaware. She has served on many of its task forces and committees. Currently she serves on the Governor’s Council on Lifestyle and Fitness.
Bill Conrad is the elected mayor of Newberry and owner and president of Conrad Construction Company. The retired Air Force officer went from flying C-130s in Southeast Asia and Europe, to serving as a navigator on the VC-137 presidential aircraft in Washington, D.C., during the Reagan administration. Conrad was later deployed during Desert Storm and retired in 2000 as a lieutenant colonel. Under his leadership as mayor, two national sports venues have been established in Newberry — the Easton-Newberry Archery Center and the Newberry Nations Baseball Facility. Conrad sits on the boards of the Florida Municipal Power Association, the city’s wholesale power provider, and the American Public Power Association.
Valdez “Val” B. Demings served with the Orlando Police Department for 27 years, the last three and a half years as police chief before retiring in 2011. She was the first woman selected to serve as Orlando police chief. During her tenure, she launched an initiative that resulted in a 40 percent reduction in violent crime. Before enrolling in the Orlando Police Academy, she had been a social worker. Demings is active in her church and community. She chairs the Committee on Global Housing and Homelessness, is on the board of directors of the Heart of Florida United Way and is president of the Women's Missionary Society. She holds several leadership positions at her church, Saint Mark A.M.E. Demings received her B.S. in criminology from Florida State University and her M.A. in public administration from Webster University. She is a graduate of both the FBI’s National Academy and National Executive Institute.
Linda Goldstein is director of communications for the Hillsborough County Clerk of Courts office and the president of Linda Goldstein Communications, specializing in video production for business and government, strategic planning and community relations. The award-winning writer and producer of documentary, training and marketing videos, has also worked as a political journalist and feature writer for daily newspapers and magazines. Goldstein served for three years on a Florida Bar grievance committee. She is a past president of the Athena Society, an organization of Tampa Bay professionals who have both demonstrated leadership in the community and committed themselves to promoting equality and opportunity for women.
Susanna F. Grady, president of Grady Consulting Group Inc. in Tampa, offers services to independent schools and other not-for-profit organizations including long-range and strategic planning; staff retreats/workshops; and campaign management and implementation. Formerly she was the vice president of development for Florida West Coast Public Broadcasting Inc., and the head of Tampa Preparatory School. Grady is a Hillsborough Bar Grievance Committee member. She is also a member of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Board of Directors.
Michael J. Guccione worked in retail with F.W. Woolworth before leaving in 1979 to work with Wal-mart founder Sam Walton. Guccione retired 15 years later as executive vice president of Wal-Mart stores. After moving to Florida, he began a sunglass company based on a product he invented. With a partner, he took the company public, acquired Serengeti eyewear and sold it in 1999 to Bushnell. Guccione then became active in his wife’s health-care business of group homes for the developmentally disabled. Together they opened the Excelsior Education & Training Foundation as a not-for-profit charitable endeavor to provide vocational rehabilitation for clients with multiple disabilities. More recently with a partner, he opened and is active with a fish market and restaurant in Bradenton. Guccione served for three years on the 12th circuit grievance committee.
Chair Anthony Holloway, chair of the Citizens Forum, is chief of police for the city of Clearwater. He began his career in law enforcement with the Clearwater Police Department in 1985, rising to the rank of patrol commander. In 2007, he left to direct the Police Department of Somerville, Mass., before returning in 2010 to Clearwater as police chief. Twice the Clearwater Bar Association has awarded Holloway with its Allen G. Moore Gold Badge, which honors law enforcement officials who uphold the ideals and objectives of the legal system. In 2011, he participated in the Executives in State and Local Government Program at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also has served on a Sixth Circuit Bar Grievance Committee. Holloway's B.A. is from Eckerd College and his M.B.A. is from the University of Phoenix.
Paulita E. Kundid, committee Vice Chair is president and CEO of Volusia Reporting Company and Videoconferencing Center, a position held since 1991. She manages 25 court reporters, two videographers as well as office staff in offices in Daytona Beach, Deland and Bunnell. The company is the contract provider for the 7th Circuit’s Criminal Courts as well as the Attorney General offices in the 7th Circuit. She also works with insurance companies. Kundid does court reporting at her company for complex medical malpractice and construction cases. She is a member of the National Court Reporters Association and the Florida Court Reports Association and has testified about court reporter issues to both the Legislature and Congress. A co-owner of Sea Dunes Apartments in Daytona Beach, Kundid is a 50-year resident of Florida. She is a member of the Daytona Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Rafael "Ralph" MacNamara is director of advisory services at Kaufman, Rossin & Co., an independent accounting firm based in Miami. He specializes in financial planning, profit center accounting, trend analysis, forecasting and strategic planning. He regularly assists attorneys with forensic accounting, calculating economic damages, valuation and e-discovery. For more than 20 years he has worked as a finance and business development professional. MacNamara currently chairs the Florida District Export Council, an organization comprised of 30 international business leaders throughout Florida who are appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce to provide advocacy, education and business leadership. Born in Cuba, MacNamara received his B.A. in business administration from Florida International University and his M.B.A. from the University of Miami.
Ralph Merritt Jr. is president and CEO of Commercial Property Group in Fort Lauderdale. He is one of the founding partners of CPG, a full service commercial real estate brokerage firm managing more than 3.5 million square feet of warehouse, office and retail space. Merritt learned all aspects of the construction industry at the Ralph Merritt Construction Co., beginning as a laborer and carpenter. He worked at several commercial, industrial, retail and property management companies developing an expertise in sales, marketing, leasing, development and management. Merritt is a non attorney member of a Florida Bar grievance committee serving the 11th Circuit. He recently was appointed as a public member of one of Dade County's grievance committees regulating the professional conduct of attorneys. He is the immediate past chair of the Coral Springs Economic Development Foundation. Merritt attended both the University of South Florida and Miami Dade College.
Mary Ann Morgan, a member of the Board of Governors since 2009, is a managing partner at Billings, Morgan & Boatwright in Orlando. She focuses her practice on personal injury, products liability, malpractice, construction, environmental, employment/ insurance and business litigation. In 2000, she was asked to join the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a group that includes the less than 1percent of U.S. attorneys who have won million- and multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for their clients. Morgan works with the Orange County Legal Aid Society as a guardianship attorney for abandoned or orphaned children. She has helped more than 50 children in this role. She also conducts programs for The Florida Bar Speakers Bureau and has been featured in several articles for The Florida Bar News, most recently in one about using Twitter. She received her B.S. from Florida State University and her J.D. from the FSU College of Law.
Paulette Hatchett Simms of Tallahassee is a retiree, who began her career as a pre-K/Kindergarten teacher and ended it at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, where she developed an online training course, “Elder Abuse,” for law enforcement officers statewide. Simms also drafted the FDLE’s first policy, procedure and implementation plan for using Automated External Defibrillator devices. While at FDLE, Simms' research paper entitled “An Overview of Electronic Control Devices and Their Use in Florida” was published. She was the recipient of four Davis Productivity Awards. The prize rewards Florida’s state government employees whose work significantly and measurably increases productivity, and promotes innovation to improve the delivery of state services and/or saves money for Florida taxpayers and businesses.
Lawrence W. Tyree of Sarasota worked for many years in Florida higher education, in particular Florida's community college system. From May 2010 to June 2012, he served as president of Florida Keys Community College in Key West, after serving as interim president for a year. He held interim presidency posts at several community colleges after serving for four years as professor and director of the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida. Before that, he served 11 years as president of Santa Fe Community College in Gainesville. He also held positions in higher education in Panama City and New Port Richey. In 2008, Tyree received the Outstanding Service to the Community Colleges Award from the National Council of Instructional Administrators, American Association of Community Colleges. He received his B.A. at the University of Florida and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Indiana University.