Honorable Charles T. Faircloth, Jr. 

charles-faircloth1 (002)Charles T. Faircloth, Jr., is the Chairman of the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission in Tallahassee, Florida. He was appointed by the Governor in October of 2022.

Chairman Faircloth most recently served as General Counsel for Florida’s Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) where he served as FDVA’s chief legal officer and managing attorney. Chairman Faircloth oversaw all legal matters for nine state veterans nursing homes and several state veterans corporations and legal assistance programs.

Chairman Faircloth previously served the State of Florida in several senior management positions including Chief of Staff for the statewide Medicaid and Public Assistance Fraud Strike Force, as founding Inspector General for the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, and as Chief Assistant Attorney General for Medicaid Fraud in the Office of the Attorney General. He has represented the State of Florida in criminal, civil, and administrative litigation for over thirty years, and in over 250 appellate cases

After military service, Chairman Faircloth attended Florida State University graduating with a bachelor’s degree in 1986. He next attended FSU’s College of Law graduating with a Juris Doctorate in 1990. Faircloth also obtained his Certified Inspector General designation in 2009 from the National Association of Inspectors’ General.

He is a member of the Florida Bar and Federal Bars in Florida and Texas. A native of Tallahassee, Chairman Faircloth resides there with his wife and children.

Honorable Geri Atkinson-Hazelton

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Geri Atkinson-Hazelton was appointed as a Commissioner of the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission by the Governor in December of 2022. Mrs. Atkinson-Hazelton, a resident of Tallahassee, is a former General Counsel for the Reemployment Assistance Appeals Commission (formerly Unemployment Appeals Commission), serving from 1983-2010. She has extensive experience working with budget and personnel issues, legislative matters, and the review of complex reemployment assistance cases. She is a current member of the Florida Bar and received an award for excellence in public service from the Government Lawyer Section of the Florida Bar in 2007. Mrs. Atkinson-Hazelton earned her bachelor's degree and her juris doctor from Florida State University. 



Honorable Thomas D. Epsky


Commissioner Epsky was appointed by Governor Ron  DeSantis in March 2023.  He previously served five terms on the Commission (2001-2021).  Commissioner Epsky is a seasoned Human Resource Professional who demonstrates strong leadership skills with a focus on driving results through communication and execution of HR practices; developing an engaged, productive, and accountable workforce; and building successful partnerships within an organization.

Commissioner Epsky has held many senior Human Resource leadership roles, including Director of Human Resources and Risk Management St. Lucie County, Florida, Vice President of Human Resources for Sasso Development Corporation, and Managing Partner/Principal Consultant in a business solutions consulting firm.  He began his career in Human Resources as a training manager in Macy’s Department Store and was a personnel representative at Stony Brook University. Under his leadership, St. Lucie County was recognized as a Best Places to Work employer.

Commissioner Epsky earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a minor in Child-care and Family Studies as well as a master’s degree in human resource development and administration.  He is a graduate of the National Association of Counties (NACo) High Performance Leadership Academy.  He holds the SPHR and SHRM-SCP human resource certifications as well as the IPMA-SCP certification from the Public Sector HR Association.  He has received the Professional of the Year award for his work in Human Resources and in the community by two Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Chapters. 

Commissioner Epsky is a past president of the Martin County, Florida, Human Resource Management Association and served as an executive officer on the HR Florida State Council.  He has served as chairman of the Florida State Health and Human Services Board, chairman of the City of Port St. Lucie Code Enforcement Board, chair of the United Way of Florida Board of Governors, and president of his local American Heart Association community board of directors. 

A sought-after presenter at professional trade and business conferences, meeting speaker, author, and radio and television guest, Commissioner Epsky is an adjunct faculty member at Indian River State College and has lectured at the College of the Bahamas.


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