Brevard County Commission District 5
District 5 contains the towns of: Palm Bay, Indialantic, Melbourne Village, West Melbourne and Melbourne.
Notable named place is: Melbourne International Airport.
Commissioner Kristine Zonka
Commissioner Kristine Zonka was elected to the Brevard County Board of County Commissioners in November 2016. She represents District Five, which includes areas of Melbourne, West Melbourne, Palm Bay, Indialantic and Melbourne Village.
Originally from Michigan, Zonka moved to Palm Bay in 1999. In 2007, Zonka was elected to the Palm Bay City Council, where she served the citizens for seven years. During her tenure, Zonka was a strong advocate for roads, infrastructure, public safety, and veterans’ issues while promoting less taxation, limited government intrusion, and fiscal transparency.
Zonka holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Nurse Practice. She is a certified family nurse practitioner and works part-time for Health First Medical Group. Zonka enjoys spending time with her husband, Milo, and their children. She also likes serving the community through various organizations that assist seniors, the homeless, and the underserved.
Brevard County Commission District 5 Staff
Charlene Brown, Director of Community Affairs
Charlene was born in St. Thomas of the U.S. Virgin Islands and has been a resident of Palm Bay Florida for over 30 years. Charlene attended Keiser University and has worked 25 years in the Medical field, most recently for Health First Medical Group. Charlene is married with three children. She enjoys donating her time to worthy causes and is a member of the Martha’s Group and Social Activities Committee at Saint Joseph’s Catholic Church in Palm Bay. In her free time, Charlene loves to go to the beach, work in her garden at home and enjoy time in her favorite sanctuary, the kitchen.
Janette Roig, Legislative Affairs Director
Janette was born in Edison, New Jersey and raised in Palm Bay Florida. She graduated with an Associates in Arts and Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management. She previously worked as a Medical Assistant for 5 years before becoming a Legislative Aide in 2018 where she was then promoted to Legislative Affairs Director in 2021. Janette is also a small business owner that creates handcrafted succulent arrangements and decor. One of her favorite things to do is give back to the community by supporting small local businesses. Being a mom is her proudest title and creating memories with her two children is what she loves the most.
Danielle Stern, Chief of Staff
Danielle was born and raised in Melbourne, Florida. She graduated with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Central Florida. Danielle worked as the Corporate and Convention Sales Representative at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex from 1996-2000. She started her employment with Brevard County in 2000 in the Stormwater Department as the Public Education and Information Officer. She was then promoted to Communications Director overseeing SCGTV, Brevard County Website and all public relations functions from 2002-2005. After a brief hiatus from the county, Danielle returned in 2010 to work in the District Five Commission Office, serving both Commissioners Andy Anderson and Kristine Zonka through both their terms. She is married to Gary Stern and has one son.