Tallahassee, Fla. – Governor Rick Scott today announced the appointment of executive directors for three state agencies. Cynthia Lorenzo, who has served as interim director since January, will lead the Agency for Workforce Innovation. Mike Hansen will head the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and Doug Darling will lead the new Department of Economic Opportunity.  Darling will also coordinate the transition of existing agencies into the new one, which streamlines the state’s economic development functions and becomes effective October 1, 2011.

Mike Hansen has more than 30 years of experience with health and human services policy and budgeting, beginning as a research assistant in Miami with the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.  As head of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, Mike Hansen returns to the executive branch of state government with 22 years of experience in various roles with the Florida Senate and Florida House of Representatives. Under Governor Jeb Bush, Hansen served as the director of the Office of Policy and Budget from 2003 to 2006 and as Health and Human Services Policy Coordinator from 1999 to 2002.  Most recently, he was staff director for the Florida Senate’s Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services.

“Mike’s extensive experience with Medicaid services and budgeting will be of tremendous help as we continue to work to ensure the availability of services to one of Florida’s most vulnerable populations,” Governor Scott said.  “At the same time, he will help us work with members of the disabilities community to develop strategies to avoid future budget
deficits.”

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