Task Force Member Bios

The Honorable Ken Burke

Chair    Perspective: Clerks of Court

Ken Burke is Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller of Pinellas County. He was first elected in 2004 and has served since that time. He has served as President of the Florida Association of Court Clerks & Comptrollers, President of the Florida Government Finance Officers Association and Chair of the Clerks of Court Operations Corporation. He was appointed by the Florida Chief Justice in 2012 and continues to serve on the Supreme Court Standing Committee on Fairness and Diversity. He also serves on the Florida Bar’s Committee on Technology. Ken is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs.

Anthony Palmieri

Vice Chair    Perspective: Statewide Investigation Alliance

Anthony Palmieri is the Deputy Inspector General & Chief Guardianship Investigator in the Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller for Palm Beach County’s accredited Division of Inspector General. He serves as the Administrative Coordinator of the Clerks’ Statewide Investigation Alliance.

 

Anthony is a nationally & internationally recognized expert and speaker on investigating & monitoring Silver Collar Crimes occurring in guardianships; he has been quoted by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Law 360. His expertise and contributions to the field were acknowledged in Netflix “Dirty Money” and as a Barry University Distinguished Alumni Award recipient. He was a voting delegate at the 4th National Guardianship Summit and the President-Elect of the National Guardianship Association.

Bob Asztalos

Perspective: Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs

Retired Navy Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman (Fleet Marine Force) Bob Asztalos was appointed as Deputy Executive Director of the Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs on July 6, 2021. FDVA is a 1,500-member constitutionally chartered State Veterans’ Affairs department with a $160 million annual budget responsible for serving the nation’s third largest veteran population. He stepped down as the Chief Operating Officer for Medical Equipment and Supplies of America, a disabled veteran-owned small business that provides durable medical equipment to Veterans on behalf of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Prior to that, he worked in government relations on health care issues at both the state and federal levels since 1985. In Tallahassee, Bob served as the Chief Lobbyist for the Florida Health Care Association, representing nursing home and other long-term health care providers. In addition to lobbying, Bob coordinated the FHCA’s Emergency Response team in the State Emergency Operations Center during hurricanes and disasters. In Washington, D.C., Bob served as the Senior Congressional Affairs Representative for the American Health Care Association, Associate Director of Government Affairs with the American Physical Therapy Association, and a Legislative Specialist with the law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering.

 

He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Master’s Degree in Legislative Affairs from George Washington University. Bob completed 29 years active and reserve service in the U.S. Navy and Navy Reserve serving with shipboard and U.S. Marine Corps ground units. He currently serves in the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary as a small boat commander and Aids to Navigation Verifier. He completed a term as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Florida Veterans Foundation, is the Vice President of Fleet Reserve Association, Branch 34, and serves on the Board of Directors of Ladies Learning to Lead and the Pines of Sarasota Rehabilitation & Senior Care Community.

The Honorable Jennifer Bradley

Perspective: The Florida Senate

Jennifer Bradley serves North Florida in the Florida Senate, representing 11 counties from the St John’s River to the Gulf of Mexico. She is Chairman of the Senate Committee on Community Affairs, which oversees all state legislation dealing with Florida’s local governments, and is Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Agriculture. Jennifer also serves on the Senate’s Committees on Education, Judiciary and Ethics and Elections.

 

Jennifer is an attorney with Bradley, Garrison & Komando, PA. She is also the owner of Hibernia Property Management, Inc., a commercial rental company in Orange Park.

 

Jennifer graduated from the University of Florida in 1991 with a degree in Criminology and a law degree from the Florida State University College of Law in 1995.

 

  • Pace Center for Girls Clay, Founding Board Chair, 2014-present
  • Clay County Young Life, Board Member
  • Federated Republican Women of Clay County

 

Jennifer and her husband Rob live in Clay County where they raised their three children, Connor, Stephanie and Caroline.

The Honorable Colleen Burton

Perspective: The Florida House

Colleen Burton is a mother, grandmother, community leader, and State Representative for District 40 in the Florida House of Representatives.

 

Since being elected to the Florida House in 2014, Colleen quickly distinguished herself as a leader on economic, education, and healthcare issues. Colleen currently serves as the Chair of the Health & Human Services Committee and the Appropriations Committee.

 

Colleen is not just a leader in Tallahassee, she is also a leader at home in Lakeland. She served as the Executive Director of the Imperial Symphony Orchestra and was then tapped to launch a countywide comprehensive community planning process called Polk Vision to improve economic, education, and community engagement opportunities for Polk County residents.

 

Over the years, Colleen has served on the boards of directors of numerous organizations including the Lakeland Republican Women’s Club, Volunteers in Service to the Elderly (VISTE) Advisory board, United Way of Central Florida Community Impact Cabinet, Polk Hunger Council, and a Polk Tourist Development Council subcommittee.

 

Married since 1980 to Brad, the Burtons have raised three children: Chris, Tim, and Elizabeth. They have resided in Lakeland since 1993 and are active members at Resurrection Catholic Church. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Administration from California State University, Sacramento.

Sancha Brennan Whynot

Perspective: RPPTL Section of The Florida Bar

Sancha Brennan has been serving as legal counsel for private, public and professional guardians, trustees and other professional fiduciaries throughout central Florida for over 20 years. She is a long-time member of the Executive Council for the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar, where she is currently serving in a leadership role as Co-Chair of the Section’s Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Committee. Ms. Brennan has served as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Section’s ad hoc guardianship law task force that has proposed a comprehensive rewrite of the Florida guardianship law, referred to as the Guardianship Code. Ms. Brennan is a member of the Advisory Board for the Professional Fiduciary Council and continues to author the annual updates to the legal treatise, Florida Guardianship Law and Procedure. Ms. Brennan is an AV-rated by Martindale Hubbell and enjoys assisting professional fiduciaries and families caring for those members of the central Florida community with varying levels of capacity, abilities and special needs.

The Honorable Sean Cadigan

Perspective: Probate/Guardianship Judges and General Magistrates

Sean Cadigan is a graduate of the University of South Florida and Stetson University College of Law. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1989 and was in private practice in the Tampa Bay Area until late 1992, when he began his career with Florida’s State Courts System. He was appointed as a General Magistrate in late 2000. He started his current assignment in 2004 when he joined the Probate, Guardianship & Mental Health Division of the court in Tampa. His primary responsibilities relate to incapacity and guardianship cases. Additionally, he hears cases under the Baker Act, relating to mental health issues, and guardian advocacy cases, relating to persons with a developmental disability. In mid-2007, Magistrate Cadigan also began serving as the Program Director for the 13th Judicial Circuit’s Elder Justice Center. He has served on a number of statewide task forces and committees, including two terms each on The Florida Bar’s Probate Rules Committee and the Florida Supreme Court’s Task Force on Substance Abuse & Mental Health.

Tamara Cribben

Perspective: Florida Public Guardian Association

Tamara L. Cribben, Esq., Executive Director of Aging Solutions, Inc., Office of the Public Guardian, comes to guardianship from tenured experience in the health care field. She left long/term acute care to enter guardianship and Geriatric Care Management. In 2001, she created/founded a non-profit organization, Aging Solutions, Inc., to provide legal guardianship services to indigent clients. Since 2002, Aging Solutions has been appointed to serve as the Office of the Public Guardian for five counties in Florida.  She has served on the Elder Court Task Force, as well as several Circuit Guardianship reform Task Forces; assisted in writing updates to the Professional Guardianship Training Manual; assisted in founding the Florida Public Guardianship Coalition; and is currently the president.

Mike Donovan

Perspective: Florida Legal Aid Association

Mike Donovan has been a Staff Attorney with Legal Services of North Florida, Inc., in Tallahassee, for about 21 years. He has worked extensively in child dependency, family law, domestic violence injunctions, appeals, and providing legal assistance to small businesses and non-profits. He has been representing alleged incapacitated persons, primarily those who are indigent, in guardianships for the past several years.

Hillary Hogue

Perspective: Ward Advocate

Hillary Hogue is a Guardianship Reform Activist / Advocate . Ms. Hogue has worked extensively at assisting the elderly and disabled in gaining their freedom and restoring their rights. Ms. Hogue played a monumental part in five wards of the State of Florida regaining their rights between 2020-2021. Ms. Hogue takes calls on a daily basis from guardianship victims and their family members when most agencies turn a blind eye. Hillary Hogue’s 90-year-old father was put into a fraudulent emergency Guardianship in 2017 and all of his rights were taken away without Mr. Hogue ever speaking to a judge or attending a hearing. The Hogue family was very fortunate: Ms. Hogue managed to free her father a year later. Ms. Hogue is a co-host of a weekly radio show FACE US on Blog Talk Radio Hidden Truth Revealed. Ms. Hogue devotes 7 days a week to Guardianship reform and can be reached at 239-682-4249.

The Honorable Crystal K. Kinzel

Perspective: Clerks of Court

Crystal K. Kinzel is Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller of Collier County. She was first elected as Clerk in 2018 after serving in the Clerk’s Office as Director of Finance, Accounting and Internal Audit and Chief Deputy Clerk over 16 years. She was re-elected in 2020. Crystal has served numerous statewide committees as well as serving in a leadership role with the Florida Sheriffs’ and Clerks’ Associations. She has served on the Auditor General’s Task Force on GASB implementation and is currently on the Legislative Committee for the Clerks’ Association. She is a Certified Government Finance Manager and has 30+ years of experience in Florida Government with previous Director positions with the City of Key West Florida and Bay Medical Center. Prior to moving to Florida, she worked with NASDAQ and AARP.

Viviana Bonilla López

Perspective: Disability Rights Florida

Viviana Bonilla López is an Equal Justice Works Fellow, sponsored by the Florida Bar Foundation, at Disability Rights Florida (DRF). She currently leads DRF’s Supported Decision-Making (SDM) pilot program where she provides free legal services to people with disabilities hoping to avoid or terminate a guardianship using SDM. She co-chairs SDM4FL, a coalition of advocates and people directly impacted by the guardianship system working to pass an SDM law in Florida. Previously, Viviana worked as a Law Fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. Viviana has a B.A. from the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Shannon M. Miller

Perspective: Elder Law Section of The Florida Bar

Shannon M. Miller is a Florida Bar board certified attorney specializing in Elder Law, practicing in Gainesville, Florida. In 2012, Shannon served as a drafting member of the Financial Exploitation of Vulnerable Adults Workgroup, led by Florida State Senator Kathleen Passidomo. That statute (§ 825.103) became law in 2014, creating groundbreaking tools for law enforcement, prosecutors and civil practitioners to crack down on the exploitation of our most vulnerable citizens. In 2018, Shannon, as part of the Elder Law Section, created new legislation relating to injunctions against exploitation and freezing stolen assets (Fla. Stat. § 825.1035). Shannon has been instrumental in rolling out the Exploitation Injunction law across the state of Florida and assisted in the drafting of the new Attorney General/Elder Law Section SBHB1041 for new and powerful Anti-Exploitation laws effective July 2021.

 

Shannon has served as President of The Academy of Florida Elder Law Attorneys, currently serves on the Florida Joint Public Policy Task Force for the Elderly and Disabled, served as Chairperson of the Legislative Committee of the Elder Law Section, and now serves as Treasurer of the Elder Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Dennis W. Moore

Perspective: Statewide Guardian ad Litem

Dennis Moore is the Interim Executive Director of the Guardian ad Litem Program, after serving as the Program’s General Counsel. He began his career in child welfare as an attorney for the Florida Department of Children and Families, and then as a senior attorney for the Guardian ad Litem Program of the Ninth Judicial Circuit, and then became the first General Counsel for the Florida Statewide Guardian ad Litem Office. 

 

Dennis’s experience includes a successful private civil litigation practice, specializing in labor and employment law, as well as consumer finance law. He managed the litigation department of a regional law firm and has successfully represented clients in the banking industry in numerous appeals. 

 

Dennis was recently appointed to the Guardianship Improvement Task Force, which is studying the current status of guardianships to provide better protection to vulnerable communities throughout the state. He has served as a faculty member for the United Judicial Conference; been a member of the National Governor’s Association task force studying youth transitioning into adulthood; served as Chair of The Florida Bar’s Standing Committee on the Legal Needs of Children from 2008-2009, and is currently a member of the Juvenile Court Rules Committee.

The Honorable Michelle T. Morley

(Special Advisor)

Since 2007, Judge Michelle Morley has been a Circuit Court Judge, Fifth Judicial Circuit, Sumter County, assigned to family, probate, guardianship and mental health Divisions as well as other civil matters. She was inducted into the Stetson University College of Law Hall of Fame in 2019. She is Co-Chair of the Florida Eldercaring Coordination Initiative. She was both a Stakeholder and an Advisor to the Florida W.I.N.G.S. program and served on the Florida Supreme Court’s Guardianship Workgroup. She is a member of the U. S. Department of Justice Elder Abuse Intervention Model Advisory Board. She serves on the Florida Court Education Council. She is Chair of the Florida Judicial Qualifications Commission. She previously served on the Florida Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee. She has presented at the United Nations, the U. S. Department of Justice, the International Federation on Ageing Global Conference on Ageing, Florida Judicial College, the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges Annual Conference, the College of Advanced Judicial Studies, the AFCC Annual National Conference, the FLAFCC Annual State Conference, the State of Florida Department of Children and Families Annual Summit, the Australia National Mediation Conference, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges Annual Conference, the National College of Probate Judges, the Ohio Supreme Court, and the Idaho Magistrate Judges Conference. She is the recipient of the 2019 William E. Gladstone Award for her judicial leadership and service to Florida’s children.

Karen Murillo

(N0n-Voting)    Perspective:  Office of Attorney General Ashley Moody

Karen Murillo is an Assistant Statewide Prosecutor and serves as the Senior Protection Coordinator for the Florida Office of the Attorney General’s Office of Statewide Prosecution. She has prosecuted criminal cases throughout the State of Florida since 2012 and has spent the past five years focusing on the prosecution and prevention of exploitation and fraud committed against Florida seniors and vulnerable adults. Karen is currently serving in her second year as Vice Chair for the Elder Law Section’s Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation Committee. Karen is an alumna of the University of Central Florida and the University of Miami School of Law.

The Honorable JD Peacock II

Perspective: Clerks of Court

JD Peacock II is Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller of Okaloosa County. He was first elected in 2014 after a 25-year career in law enforcement with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. He currently serves as Chair of the Clerks of Court Operations Corporation. Shortly after taking office, JD established the Okaloosa Inspector General’s Office under the Clerk. One of the IG Office’s top priorities is the Clerk’s role in guardianship oversight. JD is a Certified Public Manager (CPM). 

The Honorable Richard Prudom

(Non-Voting)    Perspective: Florida Department of Elder Affairs

In January 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Richard Prudom as Secretary for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs (DOEA), the State Unit on Aging, whose mission is to help Florida’s 5.5 million elders remain healthy, safe, and independent.

 

Secretary Prudom has more than 30 years in executive leadership with the State of Florida where he has worked to develop, implement, and lead public policies and programs that improve the lives of Florida families. Since 2011, he has served at the Department of Elder Affairs as Deputy Secretary, Chief of Staff, and Chief Financial Officer.

 

During his time at DOEA, Prudom also led several initiatives, including the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative (DCCI) and the revitalization of the Communities for a Lifetime Initiative.

 

DCCI was developed in response to the increasing incidence of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias in Florida. Through the initiative, DOEA aims to increase awareness of dementia, provide assistance to dementia-caring communities, and continue advocacy for care and cure programs.

 

Mr. Prudom also leads the Department’s efforts to make Florida an Age-Friendly State in close partnership with AARP and their Network of Age-Friendly Communities.

 

Prudom received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Kent in the United Kingdom. In September 2014, Prudom took the oath to become an American citizen and now enjoys dual citizenships with the United Kingdom.

Chante Jones

Executive Director, Office of Public and Professional Guardians (Alternate)

Chante’ Jones, Esq., was appointed as the Director of the Office of Public & Professional Guardians in December 2019. She is an Advisory Board Member for the Professional Fiduciary Council of Florida, as well as a member of the Administrative Law, Elder Law and Real Property Probate and Trust sections of the Florida Bar. Chante’ has served a Guardian ad Litem and has more than 20 years of corporate and management experience having previously worked for Verizon Communications. She is also a Florida Supreme Court Certified County Mediator and a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The Honorable Jose Rodriguez (Retired)

Perspective: Probate/Guardianship Judges and General Magistrates

Judge Rodriguez has served as faculty for a number of courses. Rodriguez has taught at judicial conferences, for Continuing Legal Education, and courses at the university and law school level in the in the areas of civil, criminal, juvenile, judicial, and attorney ethics. Prior to retirement, he was assigned for three years to the Probate, Guardianship, and Mental Health Division of the Circuit Court. Judge Rodriguez retired from the bench after 30+ years of judicial experience, including 25 years as a Circuit Court Judge in the 9th Judicial Circuit of Florida (Orange and Osceola counties) and six years as a County Court Judge in Orange County, in January of 2019.

Gina Rossi-Scheiman

Perspective: Florida State Guardianship Association

Gina Rossi-Scheiman began her career working in direct care for persons with developmental disabilities in 1998. She is the former Director of Policy and Training (SPSA) with the Illinois Guardianship and Advocacy Commission. In her role as Legislative Liaison, she was integral in passing key pieces of guardianship monitoring and certification legislation that supported people under guardianship throughout the state of Illinois. She has extensive experience in policy development, management services, legislative issues, and public relations.  She has served as a public guardian and a professional Guardian in the State of Florida and consults in NFP operational management, volunteer recruitment, public relations, and conference planning. She has been serving as Executive Director of the Florida State Guardianship Association since 2012.

Zayne Smith

Perspective: AARP

Zayne Smith is an Associate State Director of Advocacy for AARP Florida, working in the St. Petersburg and Tallahassee offices.  She leads the state office’s work on guardianship, health care, utilities and voter engagement.  In addition to the Guardianship Improvement Task Force, she represents AARP Florida on the Working Interdisciplinary Network of Guardianship Stakeholders, Professional Fiduciary Council of Florida and AHCA’s State Consumer Health Information and Policy Advisory Council.  Zayne holds a Juris Doctorate and is a member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

Michael Lincoln-McCreight

 

Michael Lincoln-McCreight is a Security Officer, self-advocate, and the first person in Florida to terminate his guardianship using Supported Decision-Making (SDM). SDM is an alternative to guardianship that allows people with disabilities to make their own decisions with the support of people they trust. Michael co-chairs SDM4FL, a coalition working to pass an SDM law in Florida. He also works with the self-advocate group Stand Up for Independence. Michael has been a prominent voice on the need for guardianship reform, including testifying in the Florida Legislature, being featured in publications like Vice and the Tallahassee Democrat, and teaching educational webinars. Michael is a graduate of Indian River State College.