CCOC Staff

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John Dew
Executive Director

John has been the Executive Director since 2003. He has nearly 30 years of high-level government and managerial experience including positions with the Legislature, Court System, and Auditor General. John holds both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree from Florida State University.

 

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Jason L. Welty
Deputy Executive Director

Jason joined the CCOC in July 2018. He brings extensive budget, communications, and legislative experience to the CCOC. He previously served as the senior budget analyst for the House Justice Appropriations Committee. He also worked as the Legislative Affairs Director and Chief of Staff at the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Senior Legislative Aide to Senator Rob Bradley, and a Policy Chief in the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in political science and a Master’s degree in public affairs.

 

He is the lead staff for the Revenue Enhancement Committee, the Legislative Committee; and the Performance Improvement and Efficiencies Committee. In his role as Deputy Executive Director, he will continue as the main lobbyist for the CCOC, in addition to internal CCOC financial duties.

 

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Griffin Kolchakian
Budget and Communications Director

Griffin joined the CCOC in May 2021. He brings a wealth of knowledge in budget and finance with just over a decade of experience. His love for numbers has carried him through a series of jobs including Super Budget Coordinator at the Department of Environmental Protection, Senior Management Analyst II at the Department of Financial Services, and Senior Governmental Analyst at the Governor’s Office. Tallahassee born and raised, Griffin practices service through various organizations such as the Capital Brotherhood of Tallahassee, Tallahassee Friends of Our Parks Foundation, and Relay for Life. He enjoys playing golf, traveling with his wife, spending time with family and friends, and cheering on any and all FSU athletics.

 

He is the lead staff for the Budget Committee; oversees the monthly reconciliations and yearly settle-up; processes records requests, manages the CCOC social media platforms, and the CCOC website.

 

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Leonard Carper
Data Quality Officer

Leonard is a retired school teacher and retired military veteran who began his position in 2013 with the CCOC while still serving on active duty. He brings extensive budget and military accounting experience to the CCOC. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from Florida A&M University and his Master’s from the University of Kansas.

 

He is the primary contact regarding report intake, quality assurance reviews, reporting questions, and data extracts.

 

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Elizabeth Jones
Administrative Assistant

Elizabeth Jones joined the CCOC as the Administrative Assistant in June of 2021. Elizabeth has previously served a wide variety of organizations and offices as an Administrative Assistant, Credentialing Coordinator, Office Manager, and Receptionist, to name a few. With over 25 years of experience, Elizabeth offers to CCOC her mastery of organization, attention to detail, and innovation in her office process. Elizabeth’s welcoming smile and genuine care for those around her center her to achieve her goal of making life and work easier for her coworkers, every single day.

 

She is the primary administrative assistant for the Executive Director, responsible for financials such as travel, payroll, and contracts, as well as the friendly voice answering the phones.

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Marleni Bruner
Performance, Policy, & Education Director

Marleni joined the CCOC in February 2017. Marleni brings invaluable experience to the CCOC including holding budget positions at the Florida Department of Revenue and the Florida Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget. She has worked in state government since 2008. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from Florida State University (FSU) in 2004 and is currently seeking her Master's degree in Public Administration at FSU. Married since 2002 with three daughters, she and her family are very active in their church, community, and her alma maters: Florida State University Schools and Florida State University.

 

She is staff support for the Executive Council and the Revenue Enhancement Committee, the Legislative Committee; and the Performance Improvement and Efficiencies Committee; the primary contact for training and the CCOC Education contract; CCOC reporting forms; and CCOC external reports. She also assists in the maintenance of the CCOC website and social media accounts.

 

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Johnny Petit
Budget Manager I

Johnny joined the CCOC team in February 2018. He brings considerable mathematical and statistical experience to the organization having previously held positions at the Department of Financial Services. Johnny holds a Master's degree in Financial Mathematics and B.A. in Pure Mathematics. He also teaches math at Tallahassee Community College.

 

He is the primary contact regarding revenue projections, statistical analysis, quarterly performance reporting, and other detailed reporting analysis.

 

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Rafael Ali-Lozano
Budget Manager I

Rafael joined the CCOC staff in November 2021.  He brings professionalism and knowledge of administrative functions that he learned in the United States Marine Corps, which he currently serves in the Marine Corps Reserves. He holds an associate’s degree from Pensacola State College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida. He is currently a graduate student at Florida State University where he is pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration. A native of Fort Walton Beach, he enjoys visiting his friends and family back home. In his free time, Rafael also enjoys traveling, lifting weights, and cooking with his girlfriend.

 

Rafael is staff support for the Budget Committee, a secondary contact for budget issues and CCOC reporting forms, and assists in the maintenance of the CCOC's social media sites and website.