Meet Our Commissioners

Commissioner Scott Thomas, Chairman
Term Expires: January 5, 2019

Chairman Thomas was appointed to the Commission in 2015. He is a Partner with Burr & Forman LLP in the firm’s Jacksonville office and is a member of the General Commercial Litigation practice group. His practice includes complex commercial matters, contract disputes, business torts, and real estate litigation. Prior to joining Burr & Forman LLP he was a member of Rogers Towers’ Litigation Department, in the firm’s Ponte Vedra Beach and St. Augustine offices. Commissioner Thomas graduated with honors from the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida in 1993. He also earned his Bachelor of Science, also from the University of Florida, in 1990. Commissioner Thomas has served on the Florida Public Service Commission Nominating Council, the St. Johns County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and the Florida Bar Student Education and Admissions to the Bar Committee.

Commissioner Sean Hall
Term Expires: December 31, 2015

Sean was appointed to the Commission in 2012. He works for Dell Technologies as a Client Sales Group Outside Sales Specialist supporting Federal System Integrator (sell-to) and US Army businesses. Sean joined Dell on May 2, 2016, after spending 13 years at Panasonic where he led the US Army Team and also developed a strong background across the public space.  Prior to his career at Panasonic, Sean served in the US Army as an Infantry and Finance Officer. In 1993, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations from the University of North Florida. Commissioner Hall lives in Jacksonville with his wife Kerri, and his fantastic daughter, Emily.  In his downtime, Sean is an avid wing shooter and supporter of local sports teams. Until recently, Sean also enjoyed riding his motorcycle, but it's for sale now, after a nasty accident.

Commissioner Barbra Stern
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

Barbra was appointed to the Commission in 2012 and reappointed in 2016. Commissioner Stern is a Partner at the Dwyer Law Group. She is experienced in labor and employment law and first party property damage claims. Commissioner Stern also handles all aspects of insurance defense including premises liability, security, personal injury, coverage disputes and commercial litigation. She has been a member of the Broward County Bar Association, the National Association of Professional Women and currently serves as a Board Member for the Performing Arts Center Authority, the Chair of Riverwalk Fort Lauderdale, Inc., and the Vice Chair of the Fort Lauderdale Community Appearance Board. She earned her Juris Doctor degree from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida. Commissioner Stern currently resides in Broward County.

Commissioner Patricia Hollarn
Term Expires: December 31, 2016

Pat joined the Commission in 2013. She was the Supervisor of Elections in Okaloosa County, Florida for twenty years until her retirement January 5, 2009. During that time she brought her office to both statewide and national stature through outstanding election administration and innovative programs, making as much use of technology as resources permitted. Her K-12 Kids Vote Too/Teens Vote Too program, a diverse program culminating in 35,000 students voting by internet in all general elections, has won state and national awards. As Pat was herself an overseas military voter during her husband’s Air Force career and Okaloosa County home to multiple military bases and thousands of UOCAVA voters world-wide, she has worked tirelessly to improve registration and voting for this constituency. In November 2008, the success of her overseas secure electronic voting pilot project was not only the first of its kind in the country, but is now the foundation of her continuing work in Operation BRAVO Foundation and her consulting services in Integrity Unlimited LLC. Pat has her BA from the University of New Hampshire, has done extensive graduate work at several universities during her Air Force travels, has earned the Election Center’s CERA certification, as well as FSU’s Center for Public Management certification and has had an extensive career in business and as a teacher prior to being an election official. Her community service includes board membership in Institute for Senior Professionals at Northwest Florida State College, Emerald Coast Military Affairs Council, Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, Crestview Rotary, Main Street Crestview, among others.

Commissioner Joni Poitier
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

Joni was appointed to the Commission in 2016. Commissioner Poitier is an associate with the Jacksonville law firm of Mosley Prichard Parrish Knight & Jones, where she defends the firm’s clients in civil actions ranging from automobile negligence actions to complex class action litigation. Ms. Poitier currently serves on the board of directors for Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, Inc., and she is active in her church and many local civic and charitable organizations. She earned her law degree from Vanderbilt University School of Law and graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Spelman College. Ms. Poitier is a native Floridian who grew up in Miami.

Commissioner J. Alex Kelly
Term Expires: December 31, 2019

Alex was appointed to the Commission in 2016. Commissioner Kelly is the vice president of advocacy at the Foundation for Excellence in Education. He received his bachelor’s degree from York College of Pennsylvania and his master’s degree from the University of Florida.

Commissioner Kymberlee Curry Smith
Term Expires: December 31, 2016

Kymberlee joined the Commission in 2016. She is a proud graduate of Boston College Law School and Florida State University. Ms. Smith began her career as an associate with Adorno & Yoss LLP, focusing on real estate and land use/zoning matters. She then became an assistant city attorney with the City of Miami, where she focused on land use/zoning, environmental, code enforcement, community development and general transactional matters and served on the following boards: Code Enforcement; Plat and Street; Bayfront Park Management Trust; and Arts and Entertainment. She is a past president of the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association. Ms. Smith serves as the association’s representative to the Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc., as a board member. She is also a proud member of The Florida Bar’s Wm. Reece Smith, Jr. Leadership Academy, as well as a member of the Law Related Education Committee.