Sunshine 811 held its annual elections at the 2018 Annual Meeting, May 17, 2018 in DeBary. Re-elected to the board for fiscal year 2018-2019 are: Carlos Bates, Frontier Communications; Dino Farruggio, AT&T; Lisa Jackson, Hillsborough County Public Utilities; Michelle Johnson, Duke Energy; Lorenzo Jones, TECO; and Pedro Vigil, Miami-Dade Water & Sewer.

Patrick Thompson, USIC, returns and Tiny Reese, S & N Communications, was newly elected to the Board as associate members.

Officers for this fiscal year are Steve Marshall, Chair; Dino Farruggio,Vice Chair; Terrill Booker; Secretary; Sandra Panos, Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair; Michelle Johnson, Assistant Secretary; Shawn Deutscher, Assistant Treasurer; Lorenzo Jones, Operations Committee Chair; Rick Barret, Damage Prevention Committee Chair.

A Legislative Ad-Hoc Committee was also formed, chaired by Bruce Kershner. The committee will be involved in developing enforcement legislation.

Longtime director leaves after 12 years

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After 12 years of service, Louise Hom, Lochrane Engineering, has stepped down from service on the Sunshine 811 Board of Directors. 

Throughout her tenure, Louise served on the Chair of the Bylaws Committee and was a committee member of the Damage Prevention, Operations and Legislative Ad Hoc Committees. While chair of the Bylaws Committee, she conducted a comprehensive review of Sunshine 811's board policies with a great level of detail. 

She was also a champion on issues such as positive response code misuse and getting locates for design firms that dig. 

"We'll miss her leadership and input," states Mark Sweet, Sunshine 811 executive director. "But we know that she will always be an advocate for damage prevention and safety throughout Florida."