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Governor Makes Judicial Appointment and Five Other Appointments to Various State Boards, Committees and Commissions

Tallahassee – Friday, June 10, 2022: Gov. Ron DeSantis made a judicial appointment on Friday and named five others to various state boards, commissions and committees.

Jigisa Patel-Dookhoo of Rockledge will be a judge on the eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court

Patel-Dookhoo has served as an assistant state attorney since 2016. Currently, she is a division chief within the domestic violence unit. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Florida and her law degree from Western Michigan University. Patel-Dookhoo is filling the judicial vacancy created by the retirement of Justice Lisa Davidson.

Two appointments to the Alzheimer’s disease advisory committee

Matthew Eaton – Eaton, of Kissimmee, is the vice president of communications for the Florida region at the Alzheimer’s Association. He was previously communications manager for the Association of Diabetes Care & Education Specialists. Eaton received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications from the University of South Florida.

Samantha Ferrin- Ferrin, of Tallahassee, is the director of law practice and government policy for Greenberg Traurig. She previously served as Acting Secretary as well as Chief of Staff for the Florida Lottery. Ferrin earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Florida State University.

Two Appointments to the Florida Healthy Kids Board of Directors

Andrea Gary – Gary, of Tallahassee, is the bureau chief for the Florida Department of Health. She is the Chief Health Plan Administrator of Children’s Medical Services and was the former Program Administrator of the Florida Department of Seniors Affairs. Gary received his Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Communications from Florida State University.

Jason Weida- Weida, of Tallahassee, is deputy assistant secretary for Medicaid policy and quality at the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney at the United States Department of Justice, where he received the Attorney General’s Distinguished Service Award. Weida received her bachelor’s degree in Latin and history from Gettysburg College and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

An appointment to the Sumter County Board of Commissioners

Donald Wiley- Wiley, of The Villages, is the owner of Gold Wingnut Productions, LLC. He previously served as District Supervisor of District 10 Villages Community Development. Wiley is a United States Navy veteran and was honorably discharged after 20 years of service.