This news release is from the previous Governor's administration.
For Immediate Release: March 30, 2015
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Brian Coy, 804-225-4260, | Secretary of the Commonwealth’s Office Contact: Denise Burch Email:

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 Agriculture and Forestry

Cassidy Rasnick, Assistant Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry 

Cassidy Rasnick most recently served as Director of Member Services for the Virginia Manufacturers Association and the Virginia Craft Brewers Guild.  Prior to that, Cassidy spent more than five years working for U.S. Senator Mark Warner in number of posts, including serving as the Senator’s statewide scheduler.  A native of Botetourt County, Cassidy is a graduate of James Madison University, where she received a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Political Science, and the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership Political Leaders Program at the University of Virginia.  

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments 

Commission on Local Government 

  • Diane M. Linderman, PE of Midlothian, Managing Director, VHB, Inc. 

Virginia Agricultural Council 

  • Jeff White of Front Royal, Owner/Wine Grower, Glen Manor Vineyards 

Virginia Small Business Financing Authority 

  • John M. Hopper of Richmond, Richmond Market Executive, Senior Vice President, First Tennessee Bank 

Virginia Wine Board 

  • Steven C. Brown of Woodstock, President, Indian Springs Farm & Vineyard, Ltd.