TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott announced nine appointments to the Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council.

Doug Conkey, 53, of Orange Park, is the president of the Clay County Chamber of Commerce. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning January 22, 2016, and ending October 1, 2016.

Helga Van Eckert, 52, of Palm Coast, is the executive director of Flagler County Department of Economic Opportunity. She succeeds Robert Sgroi and is appointed for a term beginning January 22, 2016, and ending October 1, 2018.

John Drew, 42, of Yulee, is the tax collector for Nassau County. He succeeds Aaron Bell and is appointed for a term beginning January 22, 2016, and ending October 1, 2018.

Larry Harvey, 53, of Interlachen, is a county commissioner for Putnam County Board of County Commissioners. He succeeds Jeovanny Palencia and is appointed for a term beginning January 22, 2016, and ending October 1, 2018.

Michael Bourré, 43, of Fleming Island is the president of Bourré Construction Group, LLC and is a Clay County Planning and Zoning Commissioner. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning January 22, 2016, and ending October 1, 2016.

James “Jimmy” Johns, 48, of Saint Johns, is the president of Solid Rock Engineering Consultants, Inc. and a Saint Johns County Commissioner.  He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning January 22, 2016, and ending October 1, 2018.

Ronald “Ron” Timonere, 67, is a regional director of business development UF Health Jacksonville. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning January 22, 2016, and ending October 1, 2018.

Gregory Strong, 50, of Ponte Vedra Beach, is the Northeast District Director for the Department of Environmental Protection. He succeeds Ernest Frey and is appointed for a term beginning January 22, 2016, and ending October 1, 2018.

Curtis Hart, 65, of Jacksonville, is the owner of Hart Resources, LLC. He fills a vacant seat and is appointed for a term beginning January 22, 2016, and ending at the pleasure of the Governor.

The appointments are subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate.

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