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Message From Florida Public Employees President

Robert Asencio, founder and president of Florida Public Employees, has spent the past 25 years serving the state of Florida as a police officer. Starting out as a patrolman, Robert has served as an investigator, supervisor, and station commander, and currently holds the rank of lieutenant. Prior to his law enforcement career, Robert served his country as member of a special operations group in the U. S. Army Reserves.

Over the course of a distinguished and diverse career in public service, Robert has made time to work with local leaders and organizations on a variety of civic engagement and community empowerment projects; including production of a series of Spanish-language television shows promoting public and civic awareness in Florida’s diverse immigrant communities, and collaboration with members of the University of Miami School of Education and a coalition of national organizations in the development of new programs to reduce violence among at-risk youth.

Robert is a graduate of Southern Police Institute (SPI) Command Officers Development program and holds a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from St. Thomas University.

 

The Florida Public Employees Mission

Our mission is to educate and unite the state’s million-plus public employees and the general public they serve, in pursuit of positive political action that strengthens and protects the public sector agencies, programs, workers and services that all Floridians depend on; through a combination of traditional grassroots community organizing and activism, cutting edge social media, and public relations/advertising campaigns.

WE ARE FLORIDA PEP: The Public Sector Protectors

 

Meet Our FPE Team

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Daniel “Dan” Tilson,  Communications Consultant – FPEP

Daniel Tilson is a filmmaker, blogger, political media consultant/producer, and social media strategist/manager.

Dan was born and grew up in New York City, graduating with honors from New York University in 1994, having double-majored in Film/TV Production and Broadcast Journalism.

He started his first video production company in 1995 and was lucky enough to work with legendary, award-winning actress Ruby Dee on his first film, “In Good Health”; a documentary short that Dee narrated, about the NYC Hospital Workers Union, 1199.

Dan has been writing, producing and directing documentary, informational and promotional videos ever since, most of them focused on sociopolitical subject matter.

He has worked with and for CBS, PBS, New York University, The Smithsonian, AFL-CIO, E.F. Schumacher Society, Service Employees International Union, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer and Alliance For Retired Americans – to name just a few.

In recent years, Dan has split his time between NYC and Palm Beach County, Florida, with much of his filmmaking and blogging work focusing in on the political scene in the Sunshine State.

His series of Florida-focused original online documentary shorts, “Elders For Obama”, gained notoriety and broad distribution in 2008 – and were featured in the 2010 documentary, “The People’s President” (produced & directed by Emmy-winning filmmaker Danny Schechter).

In 2009, Dan co-produced “The Road Home”, a hard-hitting, award-winning documentary feature about a group of disabled Iraq & Afghanistan war veterans who follow a unique, gut-wrenching rehabilitation program.

His Examiner.com political blog won three Florida Netroots Awards in 2010, for best New Blogger, Best Writer and Best Post Of The Year.

A combination of Dan’s online video and blogging work is credited with having helped elect West Palm Beach, FL Mayor Jeri Muoio; the surprise outright winner in a tough 4-way race in Spring, 2011.

Throughout 2010 and 2011, Dan’s blogging and film work continued to draw great attention, with blog posts picked up by leading political websites like Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo, Truthout, Op Ed News and Buzzflash, and online videos repeatedly going viral – getting over one-million views on YouTube and other video sharing sites, and receiving featured play on NBC, CNN, BBC, and more.

In 2011, Daniel Tilson Productions, LLC was established in Palm Beach County, Florida. The new company offers fully integrated (or standalone) HD video production; strategic media planning; ad agency services; blogging and all manner of online written content; and social media program development & management.

In addition to his writing, filmmaking and consulting work, Dan has remained active in Southeast Florida politics, having recently served as a Democratic Party local club president, as social media consultant for the county organization, and now as communications consultant for Florida Public Employees Partnership.

Dan’s wife and three children provide inspiration & balance in a very busy life.

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Delio Jimenez, co-founder of Florida Public Employees Partnership and Elatinozine.com, has spent the past 13 years serving the state of Florida as a police officer. As a patrolman, Delio has worked both in the inner city and the Hialeah/Doral area of Miami-Dade County. He has served as an School Resource Officer for the duration of his career. Prior to joing the police force, Delio worked for the University of Miami School of Medicine in the Basic Sciences department and the Miami Project To Cure Paralysis, along side Dolphin great Nick Buoniconti for over 13 years.

Over the course of a distinguished and diverse career in public service, Delio has also worked behind the scene on many different Internet projects to include that included the development of Elatinozine.com – free Spanish media website that in addition to providing news content enables authors to publish their original literary work.

Delio is active in his community with many different activities from School PTA functions to fund raising and providing poverty stricken communities with relief during the holidays. Delio is also an accomplished Internet marketer who has successfully followed Internet marketing trends for nearly a decade.
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Please pardon the inconvenience while we upload our team members’ information

 

Coalition Advisory Board

Dr. Rosa Castro-Feinberg, Advisory Board

Dr. Rosa Castro Feinberg is a former teacher and a retired member of the School of Education faculty at Florida International University. She was also the Director of the Univerisy of Miami National Origin Desegregation Assistance Center serving school districts and departments of education in a 14 state area.

She retired as a member of the Dade County School Board in 1996. At the time of her first electoral campaign, she became the first Hispanic woman in Dade County to win county wide election. Since her retirement she has concentrated on community service through LULAC Florida and Sunshine State TESOL. Her advocacy work has focused on legislative and regulatory initiatives that affect English Language Learners.

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James Preston, Advisory Board

Sergeant James Preston retired in September of 2003 after serving 30 years with the Tampa Police Department.  In 1974, Jim was assigned to Uniform Patrol District Two after the Police Academy.  Jim became a Field Instructor after two years, training new officers in the field.  A transfer to the Tactical Division, Selective Enforcement Bureau followed, working plainclothes and special events for four years.  Officer Preston became Detective Preston working on the Robbery Squad for five years.  After being promoted to Sergeant, Jim became a supervisor in Uniform Patrol District One, supervised a Weapons and Narcotic Task Force and returned to the Tactical Division, Selective Enforcement Bureau as a supervisor.  Sergeant Preston worked again as a patrol supervisor in District One.  He volunteered for assignment to the Special Operations Division, Street Anti-Crime Squad, given the responsibility for the Ybor City Entertainment Zone and Street Crimes issues city-wide during the two years prior to his retirement.  The 22 officers on the squad received a Unit Meritorious Service Award during their first year and Sergeant Preston received official recognition as the Tampa Police Department “Officer of the Year” for 2002 for his leadership abilities, enthusiasm, dedication to the job and the impressive productivity of his squad.

Sergeant Preston developed and maintained a keen administrative interest in planning and coordinating security for special events.  He planned security for hundreds of events and worked on 3 Super Bowls in Tampa.  Jim started his own successful security consulting company in 1994 with retired Captain Robert Seal, Commercial Event and Security Consultants, Inc. which continues with success.

Jim attended the University of Cincinnati, Business Administration.  He received his Associates Degree in Police Administration from Hillsborough Community College and graduated Summa Cum Laude from Saint Leo University with a bachelor degree in Criminology.

Jim currently serves on the Executive Board of the Fraternal Order of Police Florida State Lodge as State President with over 20,000 members, and Fraternal Order of Police District Three Lodges, currently as the Treasurer and is a Past President of Tampa Police F.O.P. Lodge #27.  He is a working member of the F.O.P., serving on the Board of Directors at the local, district  state and national levels for over 30 years, as well as on the state committee responsible for the design and construction of the Florida State Lodge Memorial in Tallahassee, earning recognition as State FOP “Member of the Year” in 1985.  He served as a representative from the National FOP committee for the design and construction of the National Police Memorial Monument in Washington, D.C.  Jim spearheaded the Florida F.O.P. fund raising drive donating $100,000.00 to the National Law Enforcement Museum under construction in Washington, D.C.  He is also the National Chairman of the F.O.P. Disaster Relief Committee.

As District 3 Director, Jim established the District 3 Scholarship Fund which has presented over $105,000 in scholarship funds to the children of FOP members in District 3 since 1985.  The District 3 Survivor Benefit Fund was also established to provide assistance to the immediate families of those officers lost in the line of duty.

Prior to his law enforcement career, Jim served in the U.S. Navy aboard the nuclear ballistic-missile submarine USS Woodrow Wilson.  He just celebrated his 40th wedding anniversary to his wife Sarah.  They have two children and 5 grandchildren.  Jim’s son, Derrick is a Sergeant with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office and his son-in-law Scott is a K-9 officer with the Tampa Police Department.

 

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Andre “Andy” Madtes, South Florida AFL-CIO President.

Photo and Biography will be uploaded shortly.

 

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FPEP Collaborators

Lillian Lima

Lillian Limais the owner of Lillian Lima Communications specializing in Social Analysis, Citizen Advocacy & Activism, and Empowerment & Motivational Speaking. Lillian most recently served as the director of Minority Affairs and Community Engagement for the Florida Department of Children and Families. With the assistance of community partnerships and agency collaborations, Lillian designed, developed, and coordinated the implementation of educational and empowerment programs and project models that countered the causational risk factors associated with disproportionality in child welfare.

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Tommy Price, Collaborator

Tommy R. Price has served the State of Florida’s Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Florida Forest Service for 12 years in the Tampa Bay Area.  He started his career as a Duty Officer (Dispatcher) in 2000 and later becoming a state and nationally certified Wildland Firefighter in 2004 for the same agency.   Tommy’s primary duties are the suppression, mitigation, prevention, and education of everything wildfires in the Tampa .  Tommy also serves in the finance section of the the State of Florida Gold all Risk Incident Management Team.  Tommy has responded to public needs across the state from hurricane response, invasion of the Mediterranean fruit fly’s, Wildfires, Giant African Snail invasions, and citrus canker eradication.  Tommy has since deployed to many states to assist with natural disasters to include Washington State, California, Mississippi, Virginia, and most recently Texas.  Prior to public employment with the state Tommy spent 7 years from 1992 to 1999 in the United States Marine Corps as an 0331 Infantry machine gunner participating in Operations Restore Hope, Continue Hope, QuickDraw, and Distant Thunder among others.  Tommy currently holds the position of Vice President in the Florida State Fire Service Association Local S-20 union of the International Association of Fire Fighters.  Tommy is married with 1 child and currently lives in Valrico, Florida.

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Joseph Mosca was born in Miami, FL and attended Coral Park Senior High. He graduated with an AA degree from Miami-Dade Community College in Criminal Justice and has been a State Law Enforcement Officer for 26 years (Since 1986). Mosca is a drug interdiction officer and is a former K-9 officer (16 years).

Mosca is currently involved in the handling of money laundering and narcotics interdiction with numerous task forces. He is a former Union Vice Chairman of the I.U.P.A. Local 6000 representing all state law enforcement.

He is also a Former President of Legislative Affairs, I.U.P.A. Local 6000 and currently a state LEO supervisor in Monroe County, FL.

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Larry Thorson

Larry Thorson is a retired reporter, living in Miami-Dade County since 1996 and active in Democratic Party politics since 2005. He served a communication chair and main blogger until 2011. Born in Iowa and a graduate of the University of Iowa, Thorson lived many places around the world including Thailand in the Peace Corps and four countries as a correspondent for the Associated Press: Israel, Britain, Japan and Germany. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he served as an infantryman. His main hobby is sailing, and he docks his 26-foot Nonsuch in Key Largo.

As a blogger, Thorson regularly attends the annual blogger conventions known as Netroots Nation to keep up with the field. He currently micro-blogs via Twitter for Progressive Congress News, an action arm of the progressive caucus in the US Congress, curating the fields of national security and foreign affairs, http://twitter.com/#!/PCNNatSec

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Paige Campbell has been a Florida resident for 25 years. She’s a member of PCTA-FEA and has been an educator for 34 years.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master’s degree in Business.

Paige would like to see the general public become better educated in economics and the science of politics, rather than just associating themselves with a group because of their stated ideology. Groups and ideologies tend to “morph” over time and with changing circumstances, and people need to be able to perceive these changes so we can exercise our right to VOTE in an informed manner.

 

 

 

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