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May 1, 2012
Melanie Mowry Etters
Communications Director
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APD Announces New Regional Directors

Tallahassee -The Director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) Michael Hansen announced today his selection of six regional administrators to lead the agency’s programs around the state.

APD is restructuring its statewide operations to increase efficiencies beginning July 1 due to a legislative funding reduction.  The agency is moving from 14 areas to six regions.

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The APD regional directors are:

  • Lynne Daw for the Northwest Region
  • Gayle Granger for the Northeast Region
  • Merari Perez for the Central Region
  • Geri Williams for the Suncoast Region
  • Gerry Driscoll for the Southeast Region
  • Evelyn Alvarez for the Southern Region

Hansen said, "I am excited to have these dedicated public servants with outstanding leadership skills to direct our regional operations. Each one of these people has a proven track record of strong leadership and responsiveness to our customers. I look forward to working with them to continue to improve our service and operations in the future."

Over the next two months, agency leadership will determine the operating structure of the regional offices and the location of field offices throughout the state.