By: Sharon Aron Baron
Governor Ron DeSantis appointed Coral Springs residents David Kenton and Tom Powers to the Children’s Services Council of Broward County on Friday.
The Children’s Services Council of Broward County is an independent taxing authority established by voter referendum in 2000 whose mission is to provide advocacy and resources to enhance the lives of the children of Broward County which funds close to a hundred programs that serve children and families, advocates for policies that protect the interests of future generations.
They are part of five board members who were appointed by the Governor from a list of candidates selected by Broward County’s Board of County Commissioners.
Kenton, of Coral Springs, is the senior associate director for enrollment management and services at Florida International University, where he also serves as an adjunct professor with the department of criminal justice. Previously, he served as the assistant dean for academic and professional development programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Office of Minority Education. He earned his bachelor’s degree in criminology, his doctorate in education from Florida State University and his Juris Doctorate from North Carolina Central University School of Law. Kenton is appointed to a four-year term.
Powers, of Coral Springs, previously served as vice mayor of the City of Coral Springs from 2008-2014. He is a former Arizona state police officer, where he worked for 21 years as a narcotics agent on the Mexican border. Powers is reappointed to a four-year term.
Other appointees are Jeffrey Wood of Wilton Manors, Maria Schneider of Plantation, and Cathy Donnelly of Ft. Lauderdale.