This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: August 7, 2015
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, | Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office: Denise Burch,

Governor McAuliffe Announces Administration Appointments


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 

Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism

  • Omari J. Faulkner of Bluemont, Strategic Corporate Development Director, ManTech International- Founder and Board President, O Street International- Georgetown University Adjunct Professor 
  • Steven A. Valdez, BSBA of Richmond, Associate, KPMG, LLP
  • Elsa Vasquez-Flores of Woodbridge, Site Coordinator at Virginia Gardens for Greenbrier Learning Center in Arlington 

Board for Professional Soil Scientists, Wetland Professionals, and Geologists 

  • Molly P. Plautz of Henrico, Federal Affairs Manager, Dominion Resources Inc. 

Board of Veterans Services 

  • Joana C. Garcia,  LCDR, United States Navy (Ret.) of Fairfax Station
  • Nick Kesler of Williamsburg,Executive Director, VetImpact
  • Laurie Forbes Neff of Aldie, Director & Managing Attorney, Mason Veterans and Service Members Legal Clinic 

Capitol Square Preservation Council 

  • Jane M. Plum* of Reston, Member, Citizens' Advisory Council on Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion
  • Danielle N. Simms of Alexandria, Legislative Assistant 

Milk Commission 

  • Gerald Heatwole* of McGaheysville, Owner/Operator, Cub Run Dairy
  • John B. “Jay” Swanson of Charlottesville, student, University of Virginia School of Law 

Virginia College Savings Plan 

  • Shawn P. McLaughlin* of Alexandria, President & CEO, McLaughlin Ryder Investments, Inc.
  • Reggie D. Samuel of Spotsylvania, Managing Partner, Leumas Capital 

Virginia Land Conservation Foundation 

  • Glenda C. Booth of Alexandria, Freelance Writer
  • Valerie D. Hubbard of Richmond, Freelance Writer and Public Relations Specialist
  • Anna L. Lawson* of Daleville, Conservationist

*denotes reappointment