This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: October 9, 2015
Contacts: Secretary of the Commonwealth's Office: Denise Burch,

Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments


RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his Administration today. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s Administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Norfolk State University Board of Visitors

  • Deborah M. DiCroce, EdD of Chesapeake, President & CEO, Hampton Roads Community Foundation;  President Emeritus,  Tidewater Community College

Scientific Advisory Committee

  • George C. Maha, JD, PhD of Chapel Hill, NC, Laboratory Director, DNA Identification Testing, Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, Burlington, NC

Statewide Independent Living Council                                   

  • Sherri M. Coles* of McLean, MS in Communicative Disorders; disability advocacy consultant;  advisor and teacher, Partners in Policy program, IEL, Washington, DC
  • Sandra A. Cook* of Petersburg, retired/Transportation Program Specialist (part-time) Senior Connections, Richmond
  • Keith A. Enroughty* of Richmond, Accessibility Surveyor, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
  • Ivy Kennedy* of Virginia Beach, Disability Resource Liaison, Social Media Administrator, Moms in Motion; public speaker
  • Gerald F. O’Neill, LCSW of Glen Allen, Executive Director, Resources for Independent Living, Inc., Richmond; President,  Virginia Association of Centers for Independent Living
  • Shawn M. Utt of Pulaski, Town Manager, Town of Pulaski

State Rehabilitation Council                   

  • David W. Axselle* of Henrico, teacher, Hanover County Public Schools
  • Robbin Blankenship* of Henrico, graduate, Culinary Arts Program (CAP), University of Richmond; Owner, Robbin’s Heavenly Treats
  • Pamela C. Cobler, EdD of Martinsville, Community Advocate, Disability Rights & Resource Center, Inc.; Executive Director, Ms. Wheelchair Virginia, Inc.
  • Dr. Linda M. Garris-Bright of Virginia Beach, CEO & President, Health Care Services of Hampton Roads, Inc., Virginia Beach and Hampton
  • Lauren Snyder Roche* of Poquoson, disability advocate
  • James A. Rothrock* of Glen Allen, Commissioner, Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services

*denotes reappointment