About the Task Force

The Guardianship Improvement Task Force was formed with the mission of studying the current status of Guardianships in Florida, with the goal of making recommendations to improve the protection of wards throughout the state.

 

To accomplish this goal, the Task Force will hear from many stakeholders and study current vulnerabilities. After careful consideration, recommendations will be made to improve the protection and best interests of wards. Some recommendations may be directed for action by the various stakeholders, but the anticipation is that most will be offered as positive legislative recommendations.

 

The Task Force is being sponsored and staffed by the Florida Court Clerks & Comptrollers association.

 

Task Force Members

In forming the Task Force, a wide range of points of view have been solicited by reaching out to various stakeholders and organizations that have a direct interest in Guardianship issues.

The Guardianship Improvement Task Force consists of 22 members from organizations and roles that are intimately involved in Guardianship throughout in the state of Florida. With several Judges and judicial partners, Clerks of Circuit Court, State Legislators, attorneys, state agency partners and leaders, the Task Force offers a unique and broad perspective as it works toward legislative recommendations for improving guardianship in Florida.

The Guardianship Improvement Task Force membership includes:

Ken-Burke

The Honorable Ken Burke, CPA

Chair
Pinellas County Clerk of Court and Comptroller
Perspective:
Clerks of Court
Anthony-Palmieri

Anthony Palmieri

Vice Chair
Deputy Inspector General Palm Beach County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller
Perspective:
Statewide Investigation Alliance
Bob-Asztalos

Bob Asztalos

Deputy Executive Director
Perspective:
Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs
Jenifer-Bradley

The Honorable Jennifer Bradley

State Senator, District 5
Perspective:
The Florida Senate
Colleen-Burton

The Honorable Colleen Burton

State Representative, District 40
Perspective:
The Florida House
Sean-Cadigan

The Honorable Sean Cadigan

General Magistrate, 13th Judicial Circuit
Perspective:
Probate/Guardianship Judges and General Magistrates
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Tamara Cribben

CEO, Aging Solutions, Inc.
Perspective:
Florida Public Guardian Coalition
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Mike Donovan, Esq.

Community Development Attorney, Legal Services of North Florida
Perspective:
Florida Legal Aid Association
Hillary Hogue

Hillary Hogue

Perspective:
Ward Advocate
Crystal-Kinzel

The Honorable Crystal Kinzel

Collier County Clerk of Court and Comptroller
Perspective:
Clerks of Court
Viviana-Lopez

Viviana Bonilla Lopez, Esq.

Equal Justice Works Fellow, Sponsored by The Florida Bar Foundation
Perspective:
Disability Rights Florida
Shannon

Shannon McKenzie Miller, Esq.

The Miller Elder Law Firm
Perspective:
Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar
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Dennis W. Moore

Interim Executive Director, Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office
Perspective:
Statewide Guardian Ad Litem
Michelle-Morley

The Honorable Michelle T. Morley (Special Advisor)

Judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit
Perspective:
Probate/Guardianship Judges and General Magistrates
Karen-Murillo

Karen Murillo, Esq.
(Non-Voting)

Assistant Statewide Prosecutor
Perspective:
Office of Attorney General Ashley Moody
JD-Peacock

The Honorable JD Peacock II

Okaloosa County Clerk of Court and Comptroller
Perspective:
Clerks of Court
Richard-Prudom

The Honorable Richard Prudom (Non-Voting)

Secretary
Perspective:
Florida Department of Elder Affairs
Rodriguez

The Honorable Jose R. Rodriguez (Retired)

Perspective:
Probate/Guardianship Judges and General Magistrates
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Gina Rossi-Scheiman

Executive Director
Perspective:
Florida State Guardianship Association
Zayne

Zayne Smith

Associate State Director of Advocacy
Perspective:
AARP
Sancha-Whynot

Sancha Brennan, Esq.

The Brennan Law Firm
Perspective:
RPPTL Section of The Florida Bar
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Michael Lincoln-McCreight

Perspective:
Former Ward

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