Governor DeSantis Makes Leon County Children’s Services Council Appointments

Governor DeSantis Makes Leon County Children’s Services Council Appointments

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Mark O’Bryant, Carmen Conner, Zandra Glenn, Paul Mitchell and Liza McFadden to the Leon County Children’s Services Council.   DeSantis chose the five from a list of fifteen names, included below, submitted by the Leon County Commission.

The ballot initiative to create the Children’s Services Council passed in Leon County with about 65% of the vote in November of 2020.

Mark O’Bryant – O’Bryant, of Tallahassee, is President and Chief Executive Officer of Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. He has been involved with the United Way of the Big Bend, Florida Medical Association, Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce and Rotary International. O’Bryant earned his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his master of business administration and master of healthcare administration from Georgia State University.  

Carmen Conner – Conner, of Tallahassee, is the Principal at Leon County School’s Pineview Elementary School. Previously, she was Assistant Principal at Roberts Elementary School. Conner is a National Board Certified Teacher and has been involved with Leadership Tallahassee, Jack & Jill of America and the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. She earned her bachelor’s degree and her master of elementary education from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.  

Zandra Glenn – Glenn, of Tallahassee, is a Senior Consultant at Financial Transformations. Previously, she was an Assistant Pharmacy Professor at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. Glenn has been involved with the American Pharmacists Association, Centerville Conservation Community and the Girl Scouts of America. She holds a doctor of pharmacy degree from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University.  

Paul Mitchell – Mitchell, of Tallahassee, is a Partner at The Southern Group. Previously, he served as Chief of Staff at the Florida Department of Financial Services, Department of Insurance and the Department of Education. Mitchell is the immediate past chair of the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation and has also volunteered his time with Whole Child Leon and Who We Play For. He earned his bachelor’s degree in communications from Florida State University.  

Liza McFadden – McFadden, of Tallahassee, is the President of Liza and Partners. Previously, she served as President and Chief Executive Officer at the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy. McFadden has volunteered her time with the Florida State Parks Foundation, Reading Partners, Challenger Learning Center and the United Way of the Big Bend. She earned her bachelor’s degree in professional writing from Fitchburg State University and her master’s degree in American literature from Florida State University.  

List submitted to DeSantis:

  • Mark O’Bryant
  • Paul Mitchell
  • Eric Whitehead
  • Brooke Brunner
  • Dr. Mimi Graham
  • Tom Derzypolski
  • Max Herrle
  • Matt Guse
  • Jay Reeve
  • Dr. Zandra Glenn
  • Carmen Conner
  • Liza McFadden
  • Dr. Benny Bolden
  • Barney Bishop
  • Dr. Henry Lewis

5 Responses to "Governor DeSantis Makes Leon County Children’s Services Council Appointments"

  1. Snidley, there were conservatives appointed to the CSC – both Liza McFadden and Paul Mitchell are life-long Republicans and will do an outstanding job of trying to ensure that the CSC goes in the right direction…I know them both very well and they are good friends and smart individuals and they are clearly deserving of being selected…I supported a different vision for the CSC and the Governor’s staff thought otherwise and that is their privilege…don’t blame the Governor at all…given the others on the CSC, I’m glad I didn’t get appointed because this entity is way too liberal (again, except for Liza and Paul) for me

  2. Kind of was hopefull The Governor or one of his advisors would have had the good sense to appoint Barney Bishop as the lone conservative to the board.

    Governor I’m pretty sure your advisors hoodwinked you into appointing all liberals.
    Guess your advisors got one over on you Sir, pulled the sheep’s fur over your eyes, or whatever words you want to apply to getting you to throw Tallahassee under the bus.
    We were counting on you Sir to put Barney Bishop on the board Sir.
    You knew already that Barney was the lone conservative Sir…what happened?

  3. Oversight and accountability will be paramount. May they honor their appointment with integrity and transparency.

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