Unfortunately Akin is unable to participate due to an injury. Captain Akinyemi asks those who would support him to continue giving, through his team, another dancer’s team, or simply give to Legal Services of North Florida.
Akin is Leon County Property Appraiser. Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, he came to the United States as a young man. He traveled to Tallahassee in 1986, where he fell in love with the area and set up an architectural firm. Married and the proud father of three children and four grandchildren, he has a strong belief in community involvement. His service to our community includes positions with Brehon Family Services, NAACP, Rotary, and Goodwill. He helped found the North Florida Homeless Veteran Stand Down during his time as a Leon County Commissioner. He has been inducted into the NAACP Civil Rights Hall of Fame and as a C.K. Steele Honoree.
Team name: Kimmy Hogan’s Fundraising Team
With Kimmy Hogan on the slate of 2020 celebrity dancers, Fasig Brooks celebrates its fourth year with a member of its firm dancing in this event. Kimmy hopes to continue the great fundraising and booty-shaking legacy of her law partners Dana Brooks, Jimmy Fasig and Carrie Roane. Her promise: “I’ll keep practicing those splits and lifts, if you’ll dig deep and donate generously to this wonderful organization.”
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Team name: Rick Minor’s Two Left Feet Club
Rick is Vice Chair of the Leon County Commission, representing District 3 with a focus on growing our economy, protecting the environment, reducing crime, and ensuring that our local government performs at the highest ethical standards. He recently served as CEO of Second Harvest of the Big Bend. During his tenure, the food bank’s distribution grew by 86%, revenue increased by 54% and in FY2019 it provided a record 12.7 million pounds of food to those in need. For much of his career, Rick has developed public policy for state and local governments. In addition, he ran the financial operations of a small consulting firm and also spent nearly a decade working on business / IT projects throughout the United States as well as in Germany, Hong Kong, Canada, South Africa, and Denmark. Rick and his wife Jessica Lowe-Minor are the proud parents of two young daughters, Madeline and Charlotte.
Team name: Heather Telfer’s Fundraising Team
Heather Savage Telfer is Assistant Ethics Counsel with The Florida Bar. In addition to reviewing lawyer advertising, Heather answers The Florida Bar’s Ethics Hotline to guide lawyers through the minefields of conflict dilemmas, confidentiality questions, communication concerns, trust accounting problems, and other ethics difficulties unique to the profession. Prior to moving to the Ethics Department, Heather managed multiple rules of court procedure committees and jury instructions committees. Over the years, she has volunteered as a member of boards of directors for local arts organizations and is currently on the board of KEYS (“Keys to Exceptional Youth Success”).
Suzanne Van Wyk
Team name: Suzanne Van Wyk: Team Foxtrot
Suzanne Van Wyk joined the Division of Administrative Hearings as an Administrative Law Judge in August 2012. She presides in all types of administrative litigation but specializes in growth management challenges and local government development order appeals. Suzanne believes there is no higher calling for lawyers than to represent the needs of the underserved! She has served on the Board of the Florida Bar Foundation for seven years and is currently the Second Vice President. She is a founding member of the Tallahassee Legal Aid Foundation “League of Justice” and an LSNF Partner in Service. Suzanne and her husband, Roy, have three daughters. They enjoy boating, fishing, and traveling in their RV.
Kristin is currently serving her third term as a Leon County Commissioner representing District 5. She holds an Associate’s degree from Tallahassee Community College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and a Master’s degree in Religious Ethics and Philosophy, both from Florida State University. She completed coursework in a Ph.D. program focused on Comparative Religious Ethics, Catholic Moral Theology, and Human Rights Ethics. She continued this passion for three and a half years when she taught a course in Religious Ethics at FSU
In 2013, she was selected by her fellow Commissioners to serve as Chairman of the Board of County Commissioners for 2013-14.
Prior to her election, Kristin spent eleven years at Mad Dog Construction holding numerous positions including Green Building Advisor and Vice President.
Tom is a member of Baker Donelson‘s Government Enforcement and Investigations Group, with more than 20 years of experience in handling white collar criminal cases, including complex cases involving allegations of health care fraud, bank fraud, corporate fraud, public corruption, criminal tax matters and a variety of other white-collar matters.
Before he began private practice, Mr. Findley was a law clerk for the Honorable Joseph Hatchett on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Later, Mr. Findley served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Major Crimes Division of the Middle District of Florida. He tried approximately 20 jury trials and handled more than 100 grand jury investigations.
Mutaqee Akbar is a Tallahassee native, with a passion for helping others and giving back to the community. Akbar earned a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Morehouse College in 2001. He then went on to graduate cum laude in 2004 from the University of Miami’s College of Law. Attorney Akbar didn’t always have an interest in law. He pursued a career in engineering but realized that was not where his passion truly lied. As the son of notable psychologist, Na’im Akbar, the attorney has always been drawn to working directly with others in need of help.
Akbar founded the Akbar Law Firm in Frenchtown, because for decades his family has sown into this community. He wanted to continue to carry that torch. Akbar has influence so many around him. He is greatly respected among his colleagues and profoundly admired by his peers, Akbar is considered as one of the best in his field in Tallahassee.
R.J. “Rocky” Bevis
Rocky Bevis was raised in Tallahassee and is a graduate of Leon High School and Miami-Dade College. Rocky worked side by side with his father, Russell Bevis, before taking over ownership of Bevis Funeral Home in 1998. He is very active in the Tallahassee community where he is a member of the Hospice Board of Directors, Tallahassee Lions Club, Capital Tiger Bay Club, Knight Foundation, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Tallahassee Memorial Hospital Foundation, and Chairman of the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation. He and his wife Patti are also members of Faith Presbyterian Church where he serves as an Elder.
Christian is a shareholder in the Tallahassee office of Vezina, Lawrence & Piscitelli. Christian’s practice is largely comprised of representing prime contractors on public works projects throughout Florida. In addition, Christian specializes in contract drafting and negotiation for traditional, design-build, and P-3 contracts.
Christian is the immediate Past President of the Tallahassee Women Lawyers, and has been honored with the Florida Association of Women Lawyers 2019 Leader in the Law Award. She has been named by Florida Trend as a Legal Elite Up & Comer, and has been recently published in the 2019 Construction Law Update.