Catherine B. Reynolds

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Catherine B. Reynolds, of McLean, is chairman and chief executive officer of the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, which is dedicated to educating young people, inspiring them to believe in their power to make a difference as individuals and to motivate them to reach their greatest potential. She began her career as a CPA after graduating […]

Douglas M. Garcia

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Douglas M. Garcia, of Fairfax, is a director with the Educational Testing Service, where he works to ensure implementation and successful launch of a new ETS High School Equivalency Test. Prior to that he was manager of government and external relations and also served as executive director of federal relations and outreach for the Hispanic […]

Carolyn Berkowitz

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Carolyn Berkowitz, of Burke, was appointed to the State Board in August 2014 by Governor Terry McAuliffe to fill an unexpired term. She is the managing vice president for community affairs at Capital One Financial Corp., and president of the Capital One Foundation, where she is responsible for an award-winning community investment strategy that fosters […]

Thomas Brewster

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Dr. Thomas Brewster was appointed to the State Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe to begin a four year term July 1, 2014. Brewster is a former member of the Virginia State Board of Education, having served from 2006-2010. In 2012, he was selected superintendent of Pulaski County Schools.  He is credited with a number of […]

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 […]

Michael J. Schewel

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Michael Schewel of Richmond was appointed to the State Board by Governor Terry McAuliffe for a term beginning July 1, 2014. He has been affiliated with McGuireWoods since 1979, specializing in corporate law, mergers and acquisitions and the development and financing of energy projects. Schewel served as Virginia’s Secretary of Commerce and Trade from 2002-2006, […]

William C. Hall, Jr.

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William C. Hall, Jr., was appointed to the State Board in June 2014 by Governor Terry McAuliffe. He retired as vice president-corporate communications & community affairs for Dominion in 2013 after a 30 year career in communications, public affairs, and treasury departments. A native of Danville, he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from […]

James Cuthbertson, vice chair

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A native of Scotland, Cuthbertson has over 35 years of experience in the medical field. As the former president and chief executive officer of the Texas Heart Institute – the world’s largest cardiovascular treatment center- he is an acknowledged authority on complex medical organizations, their governance and the strategies that have allowed them to achieve […]

Benita Thompson Byas

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Thompson Byas joined Thompson Hospitality in 1992 where she worked in the Operations Department before advancing to the position of VP of Marketing for the company’s contract and food service accounts. In her current role, Thompson Byas oversees all aspects of Thompson Hospitality’s strategic partnership with Compass Group, including operational responsibility for more than 600 […]

Darren Conner

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A professional engineer by trade, Conner currently serves as President of Dewberry Engineers, Inc.’s southeast region. He directs a multi-disciplined staff of 175 professionals in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia. Throughout his career, Conner has directed numerous operations that have contributed to the economic vitality of southside Virginia. In 2000, he received the Harold Williams […]