New and Reappointed Governing and Basin Board Members Named

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One Governing Board member returned for another term and two new members joined the District’s Governing Board in March after being appointed by Governor Jeb Bush.

The newly appointed members are Sallie Parks and Maritza Rovira-Forino. Todd Pressman was reappointed. Pressman, of Palm Harbor, has served on the Governing Board since April 2005.

Pressman says he is looking forward to serving a full term on the Board after getting his “feet wet” completing Ronnie Duncan’s term when Duncan was elected a Pinellas County commissioner.

Sallie Parks of Palm Harbor was appointed to succeed Watson L. Haynes II, whose term expired March 1, 2006. Parks is retired and a former Pinellas County commissioner. She was appointed for a term beginning March 3, 2006, and ending March 1, 2010.

“Having a long history in working with environmental protection and preservation, I understand the balance of meeting the needs of the public, the business community and the agricultural industry, along with protecting the environment,” said Parks. “As an elected official, I had to be sure the public water supply needs were met.”

Maritza Rovira-Forino of Tampa was appointed to succeed Janet Kovach, whose term expired March 1, 2006. Rovira-Forino, a community volunteer, has been a member of the Northwest Hillsborough Basin Board since June 2002. She was appointed to the Governing Board for a term beginning March 3, 2006, and ending March 1, 2010.

Rovira-Forino says she applied to become a Board member after gaining a fuller knowledge of water resources issues by serving on the Northwest Hillsborough Basin Board.

With the addition of Parks and Rovira-Forino, the Governing Board has a female majority for the first time.

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