This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: April 11, 2014
Contacts: 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
Board Appointments

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


Public Safety

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.

*Denotes  reappointment