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Miller Tabbed for Governor’s Council

Shannon Miller was one of 20 members appointed to the Florida Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. The appointment comes on the heels of state legislation recently passed in the Florida House and Senate mandating a minimum of 150 minutes of physical education per week in Florida public elementary schools.

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today applauded the Florida House and Senate for passing legislation that provides for 150 minutes of physical education each week for all public elementary school students grades K-5. Additionally, the Governor today appointed 20 members to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness to ensure the swift implementation of the bill as well as to develop a state plan of action to promote physical fitness and proper nutrition for all Floridians.

“It is absolutely critical that we find ways to help children adopt healthy habits they can carry into adulthood,” said Governor Crist. “Physical activity is a central component of a healthy, meaningful and productive life, and I commend Representative Will Weatherford and Senator Lee Constantine, as well as the entire Florida House and Senate for unanimously passing this important bill that will make Florida’s children healthier and more physically fit.”

Governor Crist signed Executive Order 07-52 on March 26, 2007, creating the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. The council is charged with developing a state plan of action to increase Floridians’ level of physical fitness through regular exercise and sound nutritional practices. They will also review the implementation of daily physical education for elementary school students and examine the availability of appropriate physical education for students in grades 6-12. The Governor’s goal is to reduce the number of Floridians who suffer from chronic diseases resulting from obesity within the next 10 years.


“The legislation passed today and the appointees to the Council on Physical Fitness will help fulfill Florida’s unique potential to become a national leader in health and physical fitness,” said Governor Crist. “Members of the council represent a broad range of interests. I am grateful for the service they will provide the people of Florida.”

Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness

* Michele Brantley, 38, of Monticello, health educator, Jefferson County Health Department, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Derrick Brooks, 34, of Tampa, professional football player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor. Mr. Brooks will serve as council chair.

* Jennifer Capriati, 31, of Wesley Chapel, Olympic gold medalist and professional tennis player, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Charles “Monty” Castevens, 59, of Clermont, president and chief executive officer, Special Olympics Florida Inc., appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Carlos Castresana, 52, of Fort Lauderdale, partner with Edify LLC, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Karen Dowd, 59, of Parkland, executive director, Florida Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Dance and Sport (FAHPERDS), appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Thomas Epsky, 40, of Port St. Lucie, adjunct faculty member, Indian River Community College, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Javier Garcia-Bengochea, 47, of Jacksonville, neurosurgeon, Lyerly Neurosurgery, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Nancy Hogshead-Makar, 44, of Jacksonville, Olympic gold medalist and associate professor of law, Florida Coastal School of Law, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.


* Robert Keiser, 17, of Parkland, high school student, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Kezarrick “Kez” McCorvey, 35, of St. Augustine, owner and manager, Titus Sports Academy, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Shannon Miller, 30, of Jacksonville, Olympic gold medalist and founder of the Shannon Miller Foundation, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* William “Bill” Montford, 59, of Tallahassee, chief executive officer, Florida Association of District School Superintendents, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Don Rapp, 78, of Tallahassee, balance class instructor, retired Florida State University professor and author, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Dorothy “Dot” Richardson, 45, of Clermont, Olympic gold medalist, medical director and orthopedic surgeon, National Training Center at Southlake Hospital, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Mary Rumberger, 63, of Winter Park, director of community relations for Magruder Eye Institute and board chairperson of Metro YMCA, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Julie Ryczek, 44, of Treasure Island, elementary school teacher, Pinellas County Schools, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Judith “Judy” Schaecter, 41, of Miami Beach, physician and associate professor, University of Miami, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

* Sheila Sheridan, 59, of Naples, director, Department of Nutrition Services, Collier County Public Schools, appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.


* Amy Young, 59, of West Palm Beach, governmental consultant, Smith and Ballard Inc., appointed for a term beginning May 4, 2007, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

Honorary members include Rocco Baldelli, professional baseball player, Tampa Bay Devil Rays; Bob Griese, Hall of Fame quarterback and former professional football player, Miami Dolphins; Ken Griffey Jr., professional baseball player, Cincinnati Reds; Shaquille O’Neal, professional basketball player, Miami Heat; and Corey Simon, professional football player, Indianapolis Colts. Department of Health Secretary Ana Viamonte Ros serves by virtue of her position as the State Surgeon General.

Posted on: May 4, 2007