Governor McAuliffe Announces Several Administrative Appointments

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced several appointments to his administration today in Richmond. These men and women will join McAuliffe’s administration and focus on “finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will build a new Virginia economy.”

Secretariat of Veterans and Defense Affairs

John Newby, Commissioner, Department of Veterans Services

John L. Newby II served as Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. Son of a retired Army Sergeant Major from Isle of Wight County, Mr. Newby served in Iraq as an aviator aboard the Boeing B-1B Lancer strategic bomber and commanded an Air Force special operations forward air control unit supporting the U.S. Army’s 3rd and 7th Special Forces Groups (Airborne). Following his military service, Mr. Newby served as an attorney at private sector law firms and an international defense contractor, where he specialized in government contracts, intellectual property and cyber security matters. He also served as a member of former Senator Jim Webb’s Service Academy Selection Board. As Deputy Secretary, Mr. Newby assised the Secretary with oversight of all veteran-related issues in Virginia, and supports Governor McAuliffe’s initiatives focused on relationship building with our nation’s military services and our active duty military communities. Mr. Newby received his commission and Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He, his wife Reba and daughter Jillian reside in Richmond.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth

Board Appointments

Advisory Board for the Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing

Shantell Lewis AuD, CCC-A* of Richmond, Audiologist, Virginia Professional Hearing Healthcare Center and Virginia Professional Hearing Aid CenterDeborah L. Pfeiffer, EdD* of Yorktown, Director, Outreach Services, Virginia School for the Deaf and Blind

Board of Trustees of the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

Paul D. Koonce* of Richmond, CEO, Energy Infrastructure Group, Dominion Virginia PowerNancy Robertson McNerney of McLean, Owner, McNerney Picklers, LLCFred D. Thompson, Jr.* of Ashburn, Chief Administrative Officer, Thompson Hospitality

State Rehabilitation Council for the Blind and Vision Impaired

John C. Bailey* of Fairfax, past President, Fairfax Chapter, National Federation of the Blind, software developer and specialist on anti-terrorism applications, ManTech International, Inc.Wanda Barnes Council of Newport News, Education Coordinator/Specialist for Special Education, Virginia Department of EducationIsaac Crisp of Toano, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision ImpairedValerie Augburn Walker* of Newport News, Real Estate Analyst, City of Virginia Beach

Statewide Independent Living Council

Mary-Margaret Cash of Bon Air, Assistant Commissioner for Community Based Services, Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative ServicesChristopher O. Grandle of Stuarts Draft, Senior Engineer, Materials and Components Engineering, Northrop Grumman Maritime Systems DivisionCindy Gwinn of Chesterfield, Community Resource Manager, Autism Spectrum Disorder Specialist and Individual & Family Support Program, Virginia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental DisabilitiesIvy Kennedy of Virginia Beach, Disability Advocate, Moms in MotionRonald L. Lanier of Richmond, Agency Director, Virginia Department for the Deaf and Hard-of-HearingDr. Rick Mitchell, CRC, Deputy Commissioner for Services, Virginia Department for the Blind and Vision ImpairedPetrina Thomas of Culpeper, Consumer Directed Service Facilitator disAbility Resource Center, FredericksburgBernard R. Werwie, Jr. of Fredericksburg, Contract Specialist, Defense Logistics Agency Aviation

Veterans Services Foundation

Kathleen Levingston of Chesapeake, Assistant Professor and Faculty Advisor for the Student Veterans Association, Old Dominion University

Virginia Board for Asbestos, Lead and Home Inspectors

Sandra Baynes of Chesapeake, CEO/CFO, Retnauer Baynes Associates, L.L.C.Erich J. Fritz of Richmond, Nuclear Safety Analysis Engineer, Dominion Resources, Inc.Gene E. Magruder of Newport News, Tradesman, Newport News Shipbuilding and Member, Board for Contractors

Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth

Valerie L. Bowman, MD, FAAP of Richmond, Pediatrician, Developmental Assessment Clinic Bon Secours St. Mary’s HospitalGlory Gill, RN of Hampton, School Nurse, Hampton City Schools; Member, Virginia School Nurses’ AssociationSarah Bedard Holland of Richmond, Executive Director, Virginia Oral Health CoalitionRitsu Kuno, MD, FCCP of Midlothian, Pulmonary Associates of Richmond, Inc.Robert Leek* of Williamsburg, Senior Physician Liaison, Sentara HealthcareSarah Tollison Melton, PharmD* of Bristol, Associate Professor of Pharmacy Practice, Gatton College of Pharmacy, East Tennessee State University Kristina N. Powell, MD of Williamsburg, Pediatric Associates of Williamsburg; Member, Virginia Academy of PediatricsVineeta Shah, MHS, RD of Richmond, Independent Consultant, Anna Julia Cooper Episcopal School, Virginia Commonwealth University

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