The State of Sunshine welcomes Angelette Aviles and Steve van Gorden to the list of contributors.
Angelette provides much insight to what motivates Hispanics as well as the general market through her communications firm, Americas Marketing & Graphics. She received a Political Science degree from the University of South Florida and is currently serving on the Hispanic Leadership Council of the Republican Party of Florida and was County Chair for the McCain Hispanic Coalition. The Hispanic print and television media calls her upon as a respected source for commentary in regards to elections from a Republican perspective and has served the party or non-partisan efforts as a panelist. Some include: Florida this Week, Centro Mi-Diario, Siete Dias, Creative Loafing, Univision, Fox-13 and Bay News 9.
In 2007, Angelette was selected as one of six women and the first Hispanic to participate in a statewide yearlong leadership program called the Tillie Fowler Series. She graduated from the scholarship-based program, once sponsored by the RNC, which encourages and prepares selected women leaders to seek new levels of involvement in government and politics. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Early Learning Coalition overseeing a $80 million budget for Hillsborough County.
Steve is principal of Hudson Middle School in Pasco County, and serves as Mayor Pro Tem for Dade City. He was elected to the City Commission in 2004 and re-elected in 2008. He and his wife of nine years, Jennifer, have two children. They moved to Dade City in 1998.
He is a proven leader, and is the first public official to serve as a contributor to State of Sunshine. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from St. Leo University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Education from Nova Southeastern University.
Additional contributors are being added, and there will be guest blogs coming soon.