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Diversity Advisory Council

This Council works to facilitate communication between County government and its diverse populations, addressing matters related to diversity that are important to everyone.

Upcoming Diversity Advisory Council Meeting:

  • Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016
  • Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016
  • Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2016
  • Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016

Previous Meetings

All meetings begin at 6:30 PM
Meeting Location: County Center, 26th Floor,
Conference Room A & B
601 E Kennedy Blvd., Tampa

Membership

The membership of this Council shall be appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and will be comprised of two representatives from each of the following categories:

  • African American
  • At-Large (identification with a specific category not required)
  • Caribbean
  • Far East Asian
  • Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender
  • Hispanic / Latino
  • Indian Asian
  • Middle Eastern
  • Native American
  • Northern & Southern European
  • People with Disabilities

Terms

Terms are for two years.

Member Category Dates of Service
Ms. Tonni Bacoat-Jones African American 10/02/13 - 08/31/17 *
Mr. James Tokley, Sr.  African American 08/17/16 - 08/31/18 
Mr. Nestor Ortiz At-Large 10/02/13 - 08/31/17 *
Mr. Francis Joseph At-Large 10/02/13 - 08/31/18 *
Ms. Roxanne Bartley Caribbean 10/02/13 - 08/31/17*
Ms. Letitia Haynes Caribbean 08/17/16 - 08/31/18
Mr. Robert Chen Far East Asian 10/02/13 - 08/31/17 *

Far East Asian
Mr. Gary Howell Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender 10/02/13 - 08/31/17 *
Ms. Lisa Demmi Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, & Transgender 08/17/16 - 08/31/18
Mr. David Chiriboga Hispanic / Latino 10/02/13 -  08/31/16 *
Ms. Patti Sanchez  Hispanic / Latino 08/17/16 - 08/31/18 
Mr. Satish Sharma Indian Asian 10/02/13 - 08/31/17 *
 Mr. Kamal Patel Indian Asian  08/17/16 - 08/31/18
Mr. Gamal Gasser Middle Eastern 10/02/13 - 08/31/17 *
Mr. Raed Khawaja  Middle Eastern  08/17/16 - 08/31/18
Mr. Leon Herndon  Native American 08/17/16 - 08/31/17
Ms. Kate Shaw  Native American 08/17/16 - 08/31/18
Mr. Terry Kemple  Northern & Southern European  10/02/13 - 08/31/17 *
Ms. Lynnette Stine Northern & Southern European 08/17/16 - 08/31/18
Mr. Virgil Perry People with Disabilities 08/17/16 - 08/31/18
Ms. Jennifer Shiver People with Disabilities 08/17/16 - 08/31/17

Authority

Board of County Commissioner's Resolution R-12-113, adopted August 2, 2012. Amended by R16-009 extending, concluding, and staggering certain terms of appointment.


Contact Information
Albert Coleman
Office of Community Affairs
813-301-7274
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