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Citizen Advisory Committee members, from the left, Wilhelmina Tribble, Lorene Wilson, Mary Ann Morgan, Thomas A. Kontinos, Melanie Shore, Holly Tyrrell, Vincent Cuomo, Hong Potomski, and Maggie Davis. The committee provides two-way communication between the state’s major citizen constituencies and The Florida Bar’s Board of Governors.

The Florida Bar added five new members to its Citizens Advisory Committee, a 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 new citizen members, appointed by President John Stewart for three-year terms, are Allen Jackson of North Lauderdale, Thomas Kontinos of Cape Coral, Hong Potomski of Gulf Breeze, Melanie Shore of Gainesville, and Wilhelmina Tribble of Orlando.

Allen Jackson is the president and CEO of Triune Consulting, as well as the pastor of Ark Restoration Church International. Jackson served in the U.S. Army before his career in law enforcement working for the Pompano Beach Police Department and then the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Jackson has focused on community outreach during his career and received numerous awards for his work. He has been a guest speaker and panel guest on various radio and local television shows.

Thomas A. Kontinos is chief operating officer for eGuarded, LLC., and president/owner of TKInvestigations, Inc. In 1979, he began in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff for the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and was later promoted to detective in the General Crimes Division. He joined the State Attorney’s Office in the 20th Circuit in 1993, first as an investigator then later as special investigative assistant to the state attorney. After retiring from law enforcement in 2005, Kontinos started a private investigations and employment-screening business.

Hong Potomski, MBA, MA, is executive director for Andrews Research & Education Foundation, the research and education arm of Andrews Institute, an orthopedic and sports medicine program in Northwest Florida and South Alabama. Potomski’s areas of expertise include operational excellence, service line development, strategic planning, and business strategy. Born in Hong Kong and raised in Pensacola, Potomski serves on numerous boards in her community and chairs the governing board of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Florida.

Melanie Shore is a senior vice president and private banker with Ameris Bank. She has been a banker for more than 30 years. Shore is accredited through the Florida Public Relations Association and has received the designation of APR (Accredited Public Relations professional). Shore has been a president, board member, and campaign chair for United Way of Alachua County, and served many years on the United Way of Florida Board of Directors. She currently serves on the boards of The Community Foundation of North Central Florida, the Rotary Club of Gainesville and the board of trustees at North Florida Medical Center.

Wilhelmina Tribble is a certified international facilitator and founder and president of Lowe Tribble & Associates (LTA) Inc. She is a speaker, educator, and coach who has facilitated meetings and training sessions in more than 20 countries. She also trains and certifies other facilitators. LTA is an SBA 8(a) certified woman-owned business that has provided training, facilitating, and coaching to organizations in the private and public sectors since 1989. Tribble has advanced certifications in executive coaching, international protocol, international facilitation, and various human resource assessments.

The Citizens Advisory Committee meets three times a year, often in conjunction with Board of Governors meetings. The newly appointed members join returning committee members Karen Cespedes of Miami, Maggie Davis of Pensacola, Patience Burns of West Palm Beach, Vincent Cuomo of Jupiter, Steven Robert Maxwell of Ft. Myers, Holly Tyrrell of Jacksonville Beach, and Lorene Wilson of Tallahassee.

Serving as a liaison to the Board of Governors is Joseph D. Hudgins of Naples, who is one of two nonlawyer/public members on the Bar’s governing body. Two attorney members also are appointed to serve as resources for the committee. They are Mary Ann Morgan of Winter Park, who is chair of the committee, and Diana Santa Maria of Davie.

For additional information and photos, review the Citizen Advisory Committee page on The Florida Bar website.

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