Governor Rick Scott Appoints Superintendent Sam Himmel to Children and Youth Cabinet
Superintendent of Citrus County Schools, Sandra “Sam” Himmel is a child and student advocate. Throughout her career as a teacher, school board member and superintendent, it is always apparent that kids are at the center of Sam’s focus. It is no surprise that on Friday Florida Governor Rick Scott announced the appointment of Sam Himmel to the Children and Youth Cabinet.
The Governor’s web site shares that the Cabinets mission is, “to ensure that the public policy of Florida relating to children and youth promotes interdepartmental collaboration and program implementation in order for services designed for children and youth to be planned, managed and delivered in a holistic and integrated manner to improve the self-sufficiency, safety, economic stability, health and quality of life of all children and youth in Florida.”
The Cabinet is charged with promoting and implementing collaboration, creativity, increased efficiency, information sharing and improved service delivery between and within state agencies and organizations.
Himmel will join and impressive group of Cabinet members including: Florida Department of Education, Commissioner Pam Stewart; Florida Senator, Sen. Eleanor Sobel; Surgeon General & Secretary Department of Health, Dr. Celeste Philip, MD, MPH; Florida Supreme Court, Justice Barbara Pariente, Esquire; Florida House of Representative, Rep. Gayle Harrell; Department of Juvenile Justice, Secretary Christina K. Daly; Department of Children and Families, Secretary Mike Carroll; and Agency for Health Care Administration, Secretary Elizabeth Dudek. (a full list of Cabinet members can be seen at: http://www.flgov.com/cyc-members/)