Eleanor Saslaw

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Eleanor Saslaw was appointed to the State Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe to begin a four-year term July 1, 2014. A licensed professional counselor, she began her career as a teacher in the Fairfax County school system.  She would later serve as president of the Virginia Counselors Association where she trained counselor lobbyists to work for educational […]

Gaye Montgomery

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  Gaye Montgomery is a vice president at Altria Client Services (ALCS).  As Senior Assistant General Counsel, she leads the Law Department’s Global Compliance and International Sales and Marketing Practice Group.  Since joining the company in September 1996 as employment counsel, she has assisted in the management of antitrust litigation and provided counsel to the […]

Maricel Quintana-Baker

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Maricel Quintana-Baker currently works as a principal at MQB-Consulting, where she specializes in research, writing, and training on higher education policy and Latino and women issues. Previously, she served as associate director for academic affairs and planning at the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), where her duties included Virginia’s Outstanding Faculty Awards, […]

Gerald F. (J.J.) Smith, Jr.

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A certified public accountant, Gerald F. Smith, Jr. currently serves as President of Valley Proteins – a family-owned business headquartered in Winchester, VA that employs 1,600 people. In 2014, the company invested $2 million in the Virginia Rural Horseshoe Initiative, a public-private partnership designed to elevate the state’s rural education pipeline. A graduate of Wake […]

Daniel Weekley

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In his current role as vice president of corporate affairs at Dominion, Daniel “Dan” Weekley oversees all of the company’s federal, state and local government relations. He was previously responsible for state and local affairs issues in New York and West Virginia for Dominion Transmission and Hope Gas Inc., both subsidiaries of Dominion. Weekley serves […]

Melanie Bias

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A Kentucky native, Melanie Bias began her career with GE Energy after graduating from Tufts University in 2001 with a degree in international relations and macro-economics. After completion of GE’s Financial Management Program, she accepted a position as operations manager for McMaster-Carr, a privately held industrial supply company. She would go on to serve as […]

John Rainone

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John Rainone currently serves as president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College in Clifton Forge, Virginia. Rainone previously served as  dean of institutional advancement at York County Community College. He also served as interim chief financial officer/administration at York County Community College and as interim dean of academic programs. Prior to that, he was dean […]

Hank Chao

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Hank Chao, of Vienna, is a project manager at Verizon Business, where he has been since Verizon merged with MCI in 2003. He also owns a restaurant in Chinatown in the District of Columbia.  Chao served on the State Board for Community Colleges from 2007 to 2013, serving as vice chair in 2011-2012 and as chair […]

Eva Teig Hardy

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Eva Teig Hardy retired as executive vice president of Public Policy and Corporate Communications at Dominion Resources in 2008 after 19 years as executive with the company. She currently serves as a consultant on energy issues. A native of Egypt, Hardy immigrated to Portsmouth with her family when she was 13 years old. She received a […]

Mitzi Reynolds, Executive Director

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Mitzi Reynolds, executive director of the VFCCE, has more than 25 years of senior-level management, communications, finance and relationship management experience. Her career includes investor relations leadership for public companies, firm administration, and a variety of commercial banking roles. She also has broad experience in the nonprofit community including fund development, strategic planning, public relations […]