Alumni Spotlight: R. Jai Gillum, Class I

Long before she was R. Jai Gillum, she was Jai (pronounced JAY) Howard, a young woman who cared deeply about the disadvantaged. She knew that two of the most unmet health needs, even for families who have health insurance, are oral health and mental health. So she planned to become a dentist. But that was […]

Former Fellow Tyler Cathey (Class III) Fights and Wins in the Courtroom and on the Field

When Litigation Associate Tyler Cathey (TPA) isn’t going head to head with other attorneys in the courtroom, he is smashing heads and running men over on the rugby field. Along with his associate title, Tyler also goes by “Captain,” and his rugby team, the Tampa Krewe, has just won the USA Men’s Club National Championship. […]

Governor Crist Announces Sixth Class of Gubernatorial Fellows

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today announced the members of the sixth class of the Gubernatorial Fellowship Program. Students participating in the program will gain first-hand experience into how state government operates. “I commend these outstanding students for their achievements in the classroom and their enthusiasm for serving the people of Florida,” said Governor Crist. […]

Florida Fellows Class V institute the Warm Coats, Warm Hearts drive

TALLAHASSEE – Below-freezing weather is rare in Florida even in its northernmost counties, but that’s exactly what the state has dealt with on several occasions this winter. On January 5, Governor Charlie Crist even had to declare a state of emergency. Even when temperatures haven’t been freezing, they certainly have been colder than the norm. […]

R. Jai Gillum Appointed to Florida Commission on the Status of Women by CFO Sink

TALLAHASSEE – Florida CFO Alex Sink today announced her appointment of R. Jai Gillum to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women. Gillum, who began her term on January 1, 2010 and will serve until December 31, 2013, is 31 years old and the youngest woman currently on the commission. She joins other CFO […]

Alumni Spotlight: Jennifer Hrdlicka, Class I

Jennifer Hrdlicka sat down for her alumni spotlight interview and wondered aloud why she, five years removed from her Florida Gubernatorial Fellowship, would be the subject of such attention. Under the spotlight is not where Jennifer prefers to stand. She notes that she’d rather be “the person behind the person.” Unlike a number of Florida […]

Florida Fellows Pitch In for the Governor’s Explore Adoption Initiative

TALLAHASSEE – November was National Adoption Month, an occasion taken to heart by the women and men who comprise the current class of Florida Gubernatorial Fellows. In service of the Governor’s Explore Adoption Initiative, the Class V Fellows volunteered their time and energy to raise funds and help with two important events. On Nov. 13, […]

Alumni Spotlight: Brad Bodiford, Class IV

Florida Gubernatorial Fellows know they’ll be tested right from day one and every step along the way. But Class IV Fellow Brad Bodiford knew he could handle a challenge. He’d already handled one. One the size of the United States. It was a couple of years before his Fellowship. Brad had cycled only occasionally, so […]

Governor Crist Re-launches Gubernatorial Fellowship Web Site, Invites College and University Students to Apply

TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today re-launched the Gubernatorial Fellows Web site and invited college and university students to apply for the 2010-11 Gubernatorial Fellows program. Participation in the program provides Florida college and university students with firsthand, high-level experience and insight into how government operates. Established in 2004 and endowed by Al and Dawn […]

Florida Fellows Learn About National Guard Straight From the Source

TALLAHASSEE – The Class V Florida Gubernatorial Fellows were “wheels up” by 0730, climbing aboard a C-23 Sherpa aircraft to visit our Florida National Guard at work. The group landed 50 minutes later in St. Augustine, where they met with military leaders and learned more about the Guard’s role during state emergencies, such as hurricanes. […]