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Board of Architecture and Interior Design

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David K. Minacci

Mr. Minacci serves as the prosecuting attorney for the Board of Architecture and Interior Design. Mr. Minacci is a graduate of Florida State University College of Law and was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1995. Mr. Minacci joined the law firm in November 2002, coming from the Department of Management Services where he was the Director of State Purchasing. Mr. Minacci previously served as the Acting Director of the Division of Professions, Deputy General Counsel, and Executive Director of the Florida Board of Professional Engineers while employed with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. In these capacities, Mr. Minacci litigated numerous cases before the Division of Administrative Hearings. Prior to joining state government, Mr. Minacci was a partner in the law firm of Mowrey & Minacci, P.A., and worked in the law firms of Pennington & Haben, P.A., and Oven, Gwynn, & Miller. For more information send an email to David Minacci.

Mary Helena (M.H.) Allen

Since September 2009, Ms. Allen has served as investigator for the Board of Architecture and Interior Design.  She has been a Florida Licensed Investigator since 2005 and owner/manager of AKA Investigations & Information Specialists. Her investigative experience includes background investigations, document research and retrieval, and surveillance.  Prior professional experience includes public service/information coordinator positions at The Florida Bar, Florida League of Cities, and State Comptroller’s Office (currently the Department of Financial Services). During the mid-1980’s, Ms. Allen served as Commissioner and Mayor of the City of Archer, Florida.  She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Florida. For more information send an email to Ms. Allen.

Lester V. (Les) Smith

Mr. Smith retired in November 2002 after 14 years with the Department of Business and Professional Regulation as an Investigator. His experience with DBPR included the investigation into the illegal contact by athletic agents of Florida State University football players. He also worked at preventing unlicensed construction contractors from taking advantage of Florida residents in the aftermath of natural disasters such as flooding and hurricanes. Upon his retirement, Mr. Smith immediately became the first investigator for the newly privatized Board of Architecture and Interior Design. Mr. Smith is a graduate of the Federal Law Enforcement Academy Fraud Institute and is certified as a Mediator by the Florida Supreme Court. He has extensive training in construction investigation from the University of Florida Rinker School of Construction. After retiring a second time, Mr. Smith rejoined the Board of Architecture and Interior Design investigations team in May 2014 on a part-time basis.

Beverly Chew

As the assistant to attorney David Minacci for the past seven years, Ms. Chew handles all administrative duties related to the Board of Architecture and Interior Design (BOAID). Her duties include preparing correspondence and legal documents for the Probable Cause Panel and Board Meetings. She sets hearings with DOAH (Division of Administrative Hearings), updates the Florida Administrative Weekly with case information, and updates the cases for the state’s software system (Versa) on all cases pertaining to the BOAID. When needed, she prepares cases for circuit court by filing legal documents and setting hearings. Ms. Chew maintains the calendar for the department including events, meetings, hearings and presentations. Prior to this position, Ms. Chew served as a real estate closing assistant for the firm. Ms. Chew can be contacted at bchew@stslaw.com.

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