The Florida Bar has added five new members to its Citizens Advisory Committee, an advisory group of 12 citizens with varied interests and backgrounds who provide two-way communication between the state’s major citizen constituencies and the Bar’s Board of Governors. The committee also helps to inform and educate the public about significant legal-justice issues.
The committee meets three times a year, often in conjunction with Board of Governors meetings.
The new citizen members are Ash Benzo, Maggie McGowan Davis, William “Bill” Law, Steven R. Maxwell, and Lorene Wilson. Photos and more detailed bios are on The Florida Bar website.
• Ash Benzo is treasurer for the City of Ft. Lauderdale. He has worked in the financial industry in both the public and private sector, serving as a vice president for BankUnited; debt/treasury manager for Cape Coral; a finance manager with ASNF Financial and with the United Parcel Service; and a senior financial analyst with CitiGroup. This summer, Benzo joinedYale University’s School of Management. He lives in Ft. Lauderdale.
• Maggie McGowan Davis is a licensed clinical social worker in Pensacola, with specializations in medical social work, mental health services, and patient advocacy. She currently is secretary for the Board of Directors and a member of the Marketing and Communications Committee at Pathways for Change in Pensacola. She lives in Gulf Breeze.
• William “Bill” Law recently retired as president of St. Petersburg College, a position he held since 2010. He has served as a college president since 1988, leading institutions in Springfield, Illinois; The Woodlands, Texas; and Tallahassee before his move to St. Petersburg. Law holds both a master’s degree and Ph.D. from Florida State University in higher education administration. He lives in St. Petersburg.
• Steven R. Maxwell is the president/owner of Maxwell’s Sanibel Lime-elo, Inc., a Florida citrus corporation. He has served as the chair of the Lee County Industrial Development Authority and served two governors as a public member of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission. Maxwell, who has a Ed.D. in higher education policy and management from Florida State University, lives on Sanibel Island.
• Lorene Wilson of Tallahassee is retired after a career in health care. Wilson now volunteers with SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders), a free program, offered by the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and local Area Agency on Aging organizations, to assist senior citizens with health-care options.
Those five join committee members Petula Burks of Oakland Park, Sylvia Fernandez Carra-Hahn of Tampa, Jan Jung of Sarasota, Louis Kalivoda of Gainesville, Ruth Roman Lynch of Lauderhill, Paul Martinez of Neptune Beach, and Herbert E. Polson of St. Petersburg.
Three attorney members also are appointed annually to serve as resources for the committee. They are Lorna Brown-Burton of Ft. Lauderdale, who is chair of the committee, Deborah B. Baker-Egozi of Miami, and Kristin Ann Norse of Tampa.