Meet the Staff
Tim Vaccaro / Executive DirectorTim Vaccaro joined the Florida Elections Commission as Executive Director in November 2018. Mr. Vaccaro earned his juris doctor from the Florida State University College of Law in 1990. His service to the State of Florida spans over 27 years. Mr. Vaccaro has worked for several agencies including: the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation, the Florida Senate Committee on Regulated Industries, the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, and the Florida Public Service Commission. Mr. Vaccaro is admitted to practice law in Florida.
Mehgean Willoughby / Chief of StaffPrior to joining the commission in February 2019, Mehgean served for four years in the Office of the Attorney General, Division of Administrative Services, Directors office. The majority of Mehgean’s career has been spent overseeing the daily functions of business management including, personnel, budget and legislative matters, in both the private and public sectors.
Eric Lipman / General CounselEric is originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area. He attended Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he earned a B.A. in Politics in 1984. Eric was awarded his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Miami School of Law in 1991. He was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1991 and the Florida Bar in 1992. Eric began working with the Florida Elections Commission in 2001 as an Assistant General Counsel. Prior to working with the Commission, Eric was a Senior Attorney with the Department of Children and Families in Leon, Wakulla, and Franklin Counties.
Stephanie Cunningham / Assistant General CounselStephanie joined the Commission in 2013. She attended Florida State University, where she earned both a Bachelor of Science (Criminology and Psychology) degree in 2006 and a law degree, cum laude, in 2009. Stephanie previously worked as an associate attorney in a small law firm, where she represented clients in state and federal court, primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and copyright infringement. Stephanie is admitted to practice law in the State of Florida.
Cole Kekelis / Assistant General CounselBefore joining the Commission in 2016, Cole worked at the Florida Commission on Human Relations for ten years, first as an investigator and then as an attorney. Cole also served as an adjunct professor in the history department at Barry University. Cole earned his Bachelors, Masters and Juris Doctor degrees from Florida State University, after receiving an Associate’s degree from Gulf Coast Community College.
Donna Malphurs / Agency ClerkDonna re-joined the staff as an Investigator in July 2005, and was promoted to Agency Clerk in November 2011. She is a native of Tallahassee and has 25 years of government service, having previously worked for the Florida Elections Commission and the Departments of Agriculture, Corrections, Revenue, State, and Transportation.
David Flagg / Investigations ManagerDavid joined the staff in August 1992 and is originally from the Boston, Massachusetts area. Previously, he served the Commonwealth of Massachusetts as a long-term-care ombudsman and the City of Brockton as a mediator for consumer-related issues.
Keith Smith / InvestigatorKeith joined the staff in February 1997 and was born and raised in Tallahassee, Florida. Prior to coming to work for the commission, he worked for the Department of State, Bureau of Administrative Code as a Publications Production Specialist. Keith has been with the state since 1985.
Cedric Oliver / InvestigatorPrior to joining the Commission in September 2007, Cedric worked at the Florida Department of Children and Families as a Child Protective Investigator. He has a B.S. in Political Science and Social Work from Florida A&M University.
Helen Hinson / InvestigatorHelen joined the Commission’s staff in December 2007. Prior to joining the Commission, she worked for several government entities, and was recently recognized for her service to the State of Florida. Helen is a graduate of Florida State University.
Samantha Spore / InvestigatorSamantha joined the staff in January 2017. Prior to joining the Commission, she was employed by the Department of Health as a Master Adjudicator and most recently as a Hearing Officer. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Arts from Florida State University.
Courtenay Harrold / InvestigatorIn June 2019, Courtenay joined the staff after spending 4 years as an Investigation Specialist with the OAG's Consumer Protection Division, where she handled civil matters and price gouging. A native of San Diego, she earned degrees from Baylor University (BA, MS) and Scotland’s University of Edinburgh (MSc), and later worked as a college instructor while completing doctoral work at FSU.
Brian Ayres / InvestigatorBrian joined the staff in July of 2019. Prior to joining the commission Brian worked within Florida’s Medicaid Fraud Control Unit as an Analyst for criminal and civil investigations. Brian received his B.S. from Northern Arizona University in Criminology and Criminal and Justice.
Br'Axeton Wims / Deputy Agency ClerkBr’Axeton joined the staff in 2013. Originally from south Florida, Br’Axeton studied at the University of South Florida before moving to Tallahassee.
Molly Donovan / Administrative Assistant IIMolly joined the staff in May of 2018 and serves as the agency’s Complaint Coordinator. She began working for the State of Florida in 2014. Molly earned her BS degree in statistics from Florida State University.
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