Governor Rick Scott announced three appointments and one reappointment to the Children and Youth Cabinet.

Nelson Diaz, 38, of Miami, is the immediate past president and current board member of Kristi House Child Advocacy Center and was the 2014 recipient of the National Children’s Alliance highest award for volunteer service, the Bud Cramer Award. He received his bachelor’s degree from Florida International University and law degree from the University of Florida. Diaz is appointed to a vacant seat for a term beginning April 7, 2016, and ending August 27, 2019.

Diana Ragbeer, 59, of Miami, is the Director of Public Policy and Community Engagement for The Children’s Trust and was the 2014 recipient of the United Way Public Service Leadership Award. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Windsor and master’s degree from the University of Waterloo. Ragbeer succeeds Judith Schaechter for a term beginning April 7, 2016, and ending August 27, 2017.

Tanya Wilkins, 53, of Tallahassee, is the cofounder of LifeConnectors and currently serves on the Guardian Ad Litem Qualifications Committee for Florida.  She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Murray State University. Wilkins succeeds Ellen Anderson for a term beginning April 7, 2016, and ending August 27, 2019

Sandy Karlan, 67, of Miami, is a retired administrative judge for the State of Florida 11th Circuit Court Family Division and previous chair of the Florida Bar Commission on the Legal Needs of Children. She received her law degree from Nova Southeastern University. Karlan is reappointed for a term beginning April 7, 2016, and ending August 27, 2019.

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