DeSantis Appoints Three to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women


Maria Wells, 2017 President of Florida Realtors, is among the appointees to the Commission on the Status of Women.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis announced the appointment of Leda Kelly and the reappointment of Candace Falsetto and Maria Wells to the Florida Commission on the Status of Women.

The commission communicates, promotes and collaborates with hundreds of organizations in the state that are focused on women’s welfare.

We are all interested in improving the well-being of Florida women and girls – and by extension, all Floridians,” the commission says.

The appointees are:

Maria Wells

Wells is a licensed real estate broker for Lifestyle Realty Group. She was previously appointed to the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board by the State of Florida Insurance Commissioner. Wells was elected President of Florida Realtors from 2017-2018 and elected Region 5 Vice President for the National Association of Realtors® in 2019.

Leda Kelly

Kelly is the Chief of Staff for the Florida Department of Transportation. Previously, she served as a Staff Director for the Florida House of Representatives and was the Deputy Director of External Affairs for the Executive Office of the Governor. Kelly earned her bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.

Candace Falsetto

Falsetto is the Executive Director and Lending Specialist at J.P. Morgan. She is a member of the Junior League of Miami and the former Vice President of Northern Trust Bank. Falsetto earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and master’s degree in finance from Florida International University.

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