For Immediate Release:
April 11, 2014
Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260
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 grow Virginia’s economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth
Secretariat of Agriculture
Bettina K. Ring, State Forester, Department of Forestry
Bettina Ring most recently served as Senior Vice President of Family Forests at the American Forest Foundation where she was responsible for overseeing the American Tree Farm System®, the largest and oldest sustainable woodland program in America, supporting more than 80,000 family forest owners collectively managing 27 million acres of certified woodlands. Ms. Ring has a long history in the conservation and forestry sectors, having spent 14 years at the Virginia Department of Forestry, departing the agency in 2001 as Deputy State Forester. In her role, Ms. Ring was responsible for operations, and helped to develop and implement a new mission, vision and strategic plan for the department. In the years following her Department of Forestry service, Ms. Ring held various leadership positions within nonprofit organizations focusing on natural resources management and conservation, including the Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts, The Wilderness Land Trust and the Bay Area Open Space Council. Ring holds a Bachelors degree in Forestry and Wildlife from Virginia Tech and a Masters degree in Business Administration from James Madison University.
Secretariat of Public Safety
Melvin D. Carter, Executive Director, Virginia Department of Fire Programs
Prior to joining the administration, Melvin Carter served as Deputy Fire Chief of Operations for the City of Richmond’s Department of Fire and Emergency Services, where he was responsible for managing more than 360 personnel, with an annual budget of $33.8 million. He also provided technical and administrative leadership to the operations of the Department, including emergency medical services, technical rescue, training activities, and fire company-based community risk reduction efforts. He has held key administrative positions, such as Deputy Fire Marshal, Deputy Emergency Manager, Battalion Chief, and Shift Commander, and holds certifications from the Executive Development Institute and the National Fire Academy. Chief Carter is a Richmond native and veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps and the Virginia Air National Guard.
Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Agriculture and Forestry
Virginia Sheep Industry Board
- Rosalea R. Potter of Lexington, Manager Director at Donald’s Meat Processing
- J. Alvin Thomas, Jr. of Dillwyn, Sheep and Cattle Producer at Rocky Hill Farm
- Larry W. Weeks of Waynesboro, Owner at Triple L Farm
Commerce and Trade
Virginia Manufactured Housing Board
- David C. Bridges of Danville, Deputy Building Official for the City of Martinsville, Virginia
- Shawna J. Cheney of Lexington, Staff Attorney at Blue Ridge Legal Services
Real Estate Appraiser Board
- Michael G. Miller* of Richmond, President & CEO at MGMiller Valuations
- Laura Sánchez del Solar* of Henrico, Benefit Program Specialist for the City of Richmond
- Fay B. Silverman of Virginia Beach, Vice President at Tidewater Mortgage Services, Inc.
Vint Hill Economic Development Authority
- William G. Downey* of Warrenton, Owner / Principal at Downey & Scott, LLC
- Mary Leigh McDaniel* of Marshall, Partner at Updegrove, Combs & McDaniel, PLC
- David W. Vos* of Delaplane, CEO & CIO at Athena Technologies, Inc.
- Birge Watkins* of Warrenton, Vice Chairman and Director at CoreVest Financial Corporation, Director of Imperial Capital Corporation, and Chairman of the Land Trust of Virginia
State Lottery Board
- Robert M. Howard*of Virginia Beach, CIO of Gold Key/PHR Hotels and Resorts
Virginia Parole Board
- Karen Brown* of Hampton, current Vice Chairman
Ms. Brown graduated from Hampton University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. She later attended George Mason University School of Law where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1991 and was admitted to the bar that same year. Ms. Brown began her legal career as a judicial law clerk at the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. As a prosecutor for sixteen years, she served in the Newport News and Chesapeake Offices of the Commonwealth’s Attorney. In that capacity, she prosecuted cases in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations, General District and Circuit Courts with a concentration on child abuse and sexual assault cases. Ms. Brown is also a victim of crime as her brother was murdered in the city of Newport News in October 1993.
- The Reverend Dr. A. Lincoln James of Richmond, Senior Pastor, Trinity Church
The Reverend Dr. A. Lincoln James has served as Senior Pastor at Trinity Baptist Church in Richmond since 1980. Dr. James earned a bachelor’s degree from North Park College and Seminary; he later earned a master of divinity degree from Virginia Union University’s Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology and received two honorary doctorates. Dr. James began his career as a youth minister at Greater Bethesda Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, before relocating to Virginia, where he served as pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Kilmarnock, Tabernacle Baptist Church in Petersburg, and Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Prince George County.
Dr. James has served as third vice president of the National Baptist Congress of Christian Education, member of the board of trustees at the University of Lynchburg, adjunct professor at Virginia Union University’s Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology, and immediate past president of the Virginia Baptist State Convention.
- Sherman P. Lea, Sr. of Roanoke, Founder, President, S. P. Lea and Associates, LLC
Mr. Lea has served in the Virginia Department of Corrections for 35 years before retiring in January of 2012. He began his corrections career as an institutional parole officer in Richmond. He has served as an adult probation and parole officer in Danville, and was selected as the first African -American chief probation and parole officer in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Upon his retirement from the department, Mr. Lea had achieved the position of Regional Administrator for the Western Region of Community Corrections. Currently he is the founder and president of S.P. Lea and Associates, LLC. Mr. Lea is serving his 10th year (3rd term) on Roanoke City Council and was elected Vice Mayor 2008 through 2010. Prior to being elected to council, he served as chairman of the Roanoke City School Board. He is the recipient of the 2010 Judge William L. Hastie Leadership Award given by the National Association of Blacks on Criminal Justice (NABCJ). Mr. Lea received his BA degree in Sociology from Virginia Union University. He attended Old Dominion University graduate school of Urban Studies and an Honorary Doctor Degree in Humane Letters for his humanitarian work in the community, by the Bethlehem Bible College in Roanoke, Virginia.
- Minor F. Stone* of Norfolk
Mr. Stone served 29 years in sworn law enforcement as a Police Officer and Supervisor specializing in firearms and training. Mr. Stone holds a Masters Document from the U. S. Coast Guard. Mr. Stone held positions tied to Homeland Security and served with a Hampton Roads anti-terrorism task force along with other various law enforcement agencies, being deputized as a Deputy Federal Agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Fish and Wildlife. Mr. Stone was appointed to the Parole Board by the McDonnell administration in 2011. Along with general Parole Board Duties, Mr. Stone works closely with counterparts in the Department of Corrections concerning Geriatric Inmate Release issues. Mr. Stone resides in Norfolk with his wife and two children.