For Immediate Release: June 20, 2014
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Rachel Thomas Email:

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 Transportation 

Ronique Day, Policy Analyst

Prior to her appointment, Ronique worked at the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) as a Procurement Policy Analyst to the Director of the Administrative Services Division. She began her tenure there as a Core Development Associate, a program designed to build a leadership pipeline. In addition, she has adjudicated social security disability cases for the Commonwealth and worked several years as an immigration paralegal at Challa Law Offices. Ronique holds a Bachelor’s degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Richmond and a Master’s in Business from Virginia Commonwealth University.


Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments 

Behavioral Health and Developmental Services Board

  • The Honorable Dr. Amelia Ross-Hammond* of Virginia Beach, Councilwoman, City of Virginia Beach
  • Sandra F. Price-Stroble of Harrisonburg, Retired, Counselor and Teacher, Page County Public Schools

Board of Counseling

  • Cinda Caiella, LMFT of Richmond, Goochland-Powhatan Community Services

Board of Dentistry

  • John M. Alexander, D.D.S. of Richmond, Clinical Professor and Adjunct Faculty, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Medical College of Virginia/VCU

Board of Directors of the Virginia Birth-Related Neurological Injury Compensation Program

  • Vicki W. Harris, J.D.  of Glen Allen, Claim Attorney and Legislative Liaison, State Farm Insurance
  • Neal C. Schulwolf, J.D.* of Virginia Beach, Kalfus and Nachman, P.C.

Board of Funeral Directors and Embalmers

  • R. Thomas “Tommy” Slusser, Jr. of Clifton Forge, Funeral Director, Owner and Manager, Nicely Funeral Home, Inc.
  • Junius H. Williams, Jr.* of Portsmouth, State and Local Affairs, Virginia/North Carolina, Dominion Virginia Power


Board of Physical Therapy 

  • Allen Jones, Jr., DPT, PT of Newport News, Owner/CEO, Dominion Physical Therapy


Board of Social Work 

  • Maria Eugenia del Villar, LCSW of Fairfax, Administrator and Counselor, Arlington Public Schools; Therapist, Multicultural Clinical Center
  • Yvonne P. Haynes, LCSW* of Midlothian, Mental Health Director, Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
  • Dolores Sweeny Paulson, Ph.D., LCSW of McLean, Director, The Ashford Center for Psychiatry and Mental Health 

Board of Veterans Services

  • Captain William G. Haneke* of Chesterfield, USA (Ret.)
  • Susan Hippen of Virginia Beach, MCPO, United States Navy (Ret.)
  • The Honorable Jim Icenhour of Williamsburg, Major, US Air Force (Ret.)
  • Donald B. Kaiserman* of Glen Allen, Civilian and Military (Ret.) 

Center for Rural Virginia

  • Andrew D. Whitley of Chilhowie, Political Consultant 

Chesapeake Bay Bridge and Tunnel Commission

  • Jeffrey K. Walker of Northampton, Retired airline pilot

Commission for the Arts

  • Robert (Bob) Behr of Chincoteague, Founder & Past President, Chincoteague Cultural Alliance, Owner, Island Cottage Collection, Artist, Educator/Administrator and  Community Activist
  • Dorothy Blackwell of Lexington, Graphic Artist and Painter, Founding member and treasurer, Rockbridge Studio Tour, Founder, Cooperative Gallery of the Nelson Gallery
  • Lorita Daniels of Spotsylvania, Former Education Services Specialist, Department of the Air Force, Ramstein Air Base, Germany
  • Jay H. Dick of Alexandria, Senior Director of State and Local Government Affairs, Americans for the Arts
  • Jo Hodgin of Annandale, Past Director, Planning and Initiatives, Wolftrap Foundation for the Performing Arts
  • John V. Rainero, P.E. of Bristol, Assistant General Manager, Permatile Concrete Products Company, Inc., Chair, Bristol Convention and Visitors Bureau, Past President  -Birthplace of Country Music Alliance
  • The Honorable Grace Han Wolf of Herndon, Member, Herndon Town Council, Immediate Past President, Council for the Arts of Herndon

Commonwealth Transportation Board

  • Alison DeTuncq* of Charlottesville, President and CEO, University of Virginia

  Community Credit Union 

Council on Virginia’s Future

  • Michael J. Cassidy of Richmond, President & CEO, The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis
  • Aneesh P. Chopra of Arlington, Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, Hunch Analytics 

Longwood University

  • David H. Hallock, Jr. of Richmond, Senior Advisor to U. S. Senator Mark Warner

Science Museum of Virginia Board of Trustees

  • Eucharia “Ukay” Jackson of Richmond, Marketing Consultant
  • Linda Nash of Richmond, CEO, Board Member, PartnerMD/Markel Ventures
  • James T. Roberts of Glen Allen, Vice President, Advantus Strategies, LLC

State Board for Community Colleges

  • William C. Hall, Jr. of Richmond,  Retired Vice President of External Affairs & Corporate Communications and President of The Dominion Foundation, Dominion Resources

Veteran Services Foundation

  • John D. Lesinski of Washington, Colonel, USMC (Ret.) and Senior Vice President, Colliers International
  • Matice J. Wright of Dunn Loring, Independent Consultant 

Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority

  • Bittle W. Porterfield, III of Roanoke, President, Rice Management Company
  • Kay Sears of Vienna, President INTELSAT General Corp.

Virginia Fires Services Board

  • H. Lee Day, III of Forest, Retired, Past Deputy Director, Amherst County Department of Public Safety
  • David E. Layman of Ark, Fire Chief, City of Hampton
  • Bettie Reeves-Nobles of Carrolltown, Retired, Former Assistant Chief, Hampton Division of Fire and Rescue
  • Peter C.  Svoboda of Richmond, Administrator, Waldorf School, Adjunct Instructor, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy

  • Binh Nguyen, M.D., F.C.C.P. of McLean, USUHS/Walter Reed National Military Medical Center: Assistant Professor of Radiology

Virginia Outdoors Foundation

  • John L. Richardson of Delaplane, Principal, John L. Richardson, P.L.L.C.
  • Thomas G. Slater, Jr. of Richmond, Special Counsel and Chair Emeritus of the Litigation, Competition, and Labor Group, Hunton & Williams 

Virginia Port Authority

  • Dr. Faith B. Power of Winchester, Professor of Management, Shenandoah University 

Virginia War Memorial Board

  • April C. Cheek-Messier of Bedford, President, The National D-Day Memorial Foundation
  • Bernard L. Henderson, Jr. of Richmond, President, Woody Funeral Home
  • Bert W. Holmes, Jr., MD* of Virginia Beach, Medical Director, Hampton University Student Health and Medical Liaison, Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute
  • Joe Punaro* of Arlington, President, IronArch Technology 

*Denotes reappointment