Florida Children and Youth Cabinet Members

The members of the Children and Youth Cabinet consist of a chairman, the secretaries of the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Agency for Health Care Administration, as well as the directors of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities and the Office of Early Learning. Other members include the State Surgeon General, the Commissioner of Education, the director of the Guardian ad Litem Office, and the director of the Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection. Additionally, the Governor appoints five members from around the state who are representatives of children and youth advocacy organizations, but who are not service providers. Rounding out the Cabinet are the five ex-officio members named in statute, or their designees.

First Lady Casey DeSantis
Office of The Governor


Executive Director Alan Abramowitz
Guardian ad Litem

Commissioner Richard Corcoran
Department of Education

Honorable Lauren Book
Florida State Senator
Designee of Florida Senate President

Honorable Patricia H. Williams
Florida State Representative
Designee of Florida House Speaker

Daniel Olson
Designee of Attorney General

Chief Child Advocate and Director Zackary Gibson
Governor’s Office of Adoption and Child Protection

Sandra “Sam” Himmel
Citrus County Superintendent of Schools

Sandy Karlan, JD
Former Family Circuit Court Judge
Governor Appointee

Director Shan Goff
Office of Early Learning

Secretary Simone Marstiller
Department of Juvenile Justice

Secretary Mary Mayhew
Agency for Health Care Administration

Director Barbara Palmer
Agency for Persons with Disabilities

Secretary Chad Poppell
Department of Children and Families

The Honorable Jessica G. Costello
Hillsborough County Court, Judge
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit
Hillsborough County, Florida
Governor Appointee

Surgeon General Scott Rivkees
Department of Health

Steven J. Uhlfelder, Esquire
Uhlfelder and Associates
Governor Appointee

Victoria Vangalis Zepp
President and CEO, Clarity1st Consulting, Inc.
Designee of Chief Financial Officer

Tanya Wilkins, BSN
LifeConnectors, Founder
Governor Appointee

The Honorable Justice Robert Luck
Designee of Florida Supreme Court Justice

Forough Hosseini
Executive VP of Information Systems, ICI Homes
Food Brings Hope
Founder and Chair
Governor Appointee



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