Bob has spent years working on funding initiatives for numerous local charities and on community events to help thousands of underserved residents in the capital region. He has served over 10 years as a volunteer, board member and chairman of the Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, in addition to supporting charities including the March of Dimes, Tallahassee Post 13 American Legion baseball, the Tallahassee Boys Choir and Lincoln High baseball.
Lotane worked as a political and general assignment reporter for a variety of radio and TV outlets and has had his work carried by the Associated Press and NBC Radio.
He has consulted for numerous Florida companies and industries and, most recently, served in management with a multinational firm helping clients with issues before Florida governmental entities. The policy areas Bob has worked on include healthcare, education, law enforcement, drug policy, taxation and health and property insurance.
Bob has worked in a number of state government communications positions. His wife Alissa works in historic preservation at the Florida Department of State.
Potential supporters should be aware that in 2014, Lotane contracted an extremely virulent case of West Nile virus and was left with a rare syndrome called transverse myelitis. This left him fully paralyzed, on a respirator, and with doctors at Shands Medical Center thinking he “would not make it.”
Bob survived and embarked on a brutal physical therapy regimen to restore the nerve, muscular, and respiratory damage the disease wrought. He still requires a wheelchair and sustained some damage to his hands, but, as one of his therapists remarked, “His return to and ability to function in professional and work settings has been nothing short of amazing.” Bob has spoken to groups around the state about his medical journey and still works out five days a week.
Lotane is a Magna cum laude graduate, in Public Administration, from Barry University and has a master's degree, in Political Science, from Florida State University. He is a huge fan of all things Florida State, yet when it comes to that other school down south he reminds friends that “those Gators saved my life.”