OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMONWEALTH

Kelly Thomasson

Location:
1111 East Broad Street, 4th Floor
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 786-2441 Fax (804) 786-9549
Purpose:
The Secretary of the Commonwealth serves Virginians by managing extraditions, clemency petitions, restoration of civil rights, service of process, authenticating foreign adoption documents, and certifying notary publics. In addition, the office assists the Governor in the appointments of over 4,000 qualified and service-minded individuals to serve on Virginia's boards and commissions. The Secretary acts as the Governor's liaison to Virginia's Indian Tribes, as well as administrator of the Council on Women.
Secretary Kelly Thomasson
Deputy Secretary Traci DeShazor
Assistant Secretary Caroline Corl
Assistant Secretary Abigail Philips
Executive Assistant Elizabeth Woodhead
Deputy Director of Appointments and Director of Asian American & Pacific Islander American Outreach Shawn Soares
Director of Authentications and Notary Jennifer Crown
Director of Clemency Dianna Fortune
Director of Extraditions Chris Frink
Director of Latino Outreach and Director of Appointments Maribel Castañeda
Director of Service of Process Kari Ellis
Special Assistant Carter Elliott, IV
Special Assistant Austin Walker
Special Assistant Courtney Wynn
Special Assistant Alexis Bowles-Fryar
Special Assistant Isabel "Martha" Olave
Special Assistant Maria Ochoa
Special Assistant - Restoration of Rights Akhenaton Blye
Special Assistant - Restoration of Rights Sandra Antoine
Special Assistant - Service of Process Tawana Terry
Special Assistant - Service of Process Breyonna Mayo
Special Assistant - Service of Process Cynthia Brown
Special Assistant - Service of Process Jasmine Trent
Special Assistant for Advisory Board Administration Suzanne Holland
Special Assistant for Records Management Emma Williams Jensen
Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board
Location:
Virginia LGBTQ+ Advisory Board
Patrick Henry Building
1111 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Code:
§ 2.2-2499.1
Purpose:
The Board shall have the power and duty to:

1. Advise the Governor regarding the development of economic, professional, cultural, educational, and governmental links between the Commonwealth and the LGBTQ+ community in Virginia. 2. Undertake studies, sponsor symposiums, conduct research, and prepare factual reports in order to gather information to formulate and present recommendations to the Governor relating to issues of concern and importance to the LGBTQ+ community in the Commonwealth. 3. Advise the Governor as needed regarding any statutory, regulatory, or other issues of importance to the LGBTQ+ community in the Commonwealth. 4. Apply for, accept, and expend gifts, grants, or donations from public, quasi-public, or private sources, including any matching funds as may be designated in an appropriation act, to enable it to better carry out its objectives. 5. Submit an annual report to the Governor and the General Assembly for publication as a report document as provided in the procedures of the Division of Legislative Automated Systems for the processing of legislative documents and reports.
Composition:
The Board shall have a total membership of 26 members that shall consist of 21 nonlegislative citizen members and five ex officio members. Nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed as follows: 21 members, at least 15 of whom shall identify as LGBTQ+, to be appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. The Secretaries of the Commonwealth, Commerce and Trade, Education, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security, or their designees, shall serve ex officio with nonvoting privileges. Nonlegislative citizen members of the Board shall be citizens of the Commonwealth.

Ex officio members of the Board shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments. All members may be reappointed. After the initial staggering of terms, nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of four years. No nonlegislative citizen member shall serve more than two consecutive four-year terms. The remainder of any term to which a member is appointed to fill a vacancy shall not constitute a term in determining the member's eligibility for reappointment. The Board shall elect a chairman and vice-chairman from among its membership. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. The meetings of the Board shall be held at the call of the chairman or whenever the majority of the members so request.
Term:
After the initial staggering of terms, nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of four years. No nonlegislative citizen member shall serve more than two consecutive four-year terms. The remainder of any term to which a member is appointed to fill a vacancy shall not constitute a term in determining the member's eligibility for reappointment.
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Matthew Banfield6/30/2022
  • Tracy Monegain6/30/2023
  • Evelyn Brumar6/30/2024
  • Jonathan Dromgoole6/30/2024
  • Aurora A. Higgs6/30/2024
  • Natasha Mckeller Crosby6/30/2024
  • Jes Simmons6/30/2024
  • Michael F. Berlucchi6/30/2025
  • Demas E. Boudreaux6/30/2025
  • Charley Burton6/30/2025
  • Kevin Han6/30/2025
  • Robert L. Keeling6/30/2022
  • Stephanie Merlo6/30/2025
  • Monica Motley6/30/2025
  • Amanda L. Goehring6/30/2022
  • Joanna M. Keller6/30/2023
  • Michael J. Thorne-Begland6/30/2022
  • Bryan E. Price6/30/2023
  • Kyle L. Mason6/30/2023
  • Patricia A. Smith6/30/2023
  • Lisa A. Turner6/30/2022
Virginia Asian Advisory Board
Location:
Virginia Asian Advisory Board
Patrick Henry Building
1111 E. Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Code:
§ 2.2-2449
Purpose:
The Virginia-Asian Advisory Board (the Board) is hereby established as an advisory board within the meaning of ' 2.2-2100 in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Board shall be to advise the Governor on ways to improve economic and cultural links between the Commonwealth and Asian nations, with a focus on the areas of commerce and trade, art and education, and general government, and on issues affecting the Asian-American communities in the Commonwealth.
Composition:
The Board shall consist of 26 members to be appointed by the Governor as follows: 21 citizen members who shall represent business, education, the arts, and government, at least 15 of whom shall be of Asian descent; and the Secretaries of Commerce and Trade, the Commonwealth, Education, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security, or their designees, to serve as ex officio members of the Board.

Following the initial staggering of terms, citizen members shall serve for terms of four years. Vacancies occurring other than by expiration of term shall be filled for the unexpired term. No nonlegislative citizen member shall serve more than two consecutive four-year terms. The remainder of any term to which a member is appointed to fill a vacancy shall not constitute a term in determining the member's eligibility for reappointment. The Secretaries of Commerce and Trade, the Commonwealth, Education, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security, or their designees, shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office.
Term:
Four year terms - limit two 4-year terms
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Laura Beldin6/30/2024
  • Suja S. Amir6/30/2023
  • Razi I. Hashmi6/30/2024
  • Praveendharan Meyyan6/30/2023
  • Rowena F. Finn6/30/2025
  • Nina Ha6/30/2024
  • bao ly6/30/2024
  • Ssunny Shah6/30/2024
  • Quan T. Schneider6/30/2025
  • Lisa C. Chen6/30/2025
  • Henry Yuan6/30/2025
  • Justin Lo6/30/2023
  • Yash P. Chhabra6/30/2023
  • Pient Y. Tran6/30/2024
  • Salinna Lor6/30/2025
  • Marie A. Sankaran Raval6/30/2025
  • Jewan Tiwari6/30/2023
  • Melody D. Agbisit6/30/2023
  • Carla H. Okouchi6/30/2023
  • Thomas O. Fitzpatrick6/30/2025
  • Da L. Sheth6/30/2024
Virginia Latino Advisory Board
Location:
Virginia Latino Advisory Board
1111 East Broad Street, Suite 4041
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Code:
§ 2.2-2459
Purpose:
The Virginia Latino Advisory Board shall advise the Governor regarding the development of economic, professional, cultural, educational, and governmental links between the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Latino community in Virginia, and Latin America.
Composition:
The Board shall be composed of twenty-one nonlegislative citizen members, at least fifteen of whom shall be of Latino descent, who shall be appointed by the Governor and serve at his pleasure. In addition, the Secretaries of the Commonwealth, Commerce and Trade, Education, Health and Human Resources, Public Safety, and Transportation, or their designees shall serve as ex officio members without voting privileges. All members shall be residents of the Commonwealth.

After the initial staggering of terms, nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of four years. Appointments to fill vacancies shall be for the unexpired terms. No member shall be eligible to serve more than two successive four-year terms; however, after the expiration of the remainder of a term to which a member was appointed to fill a vacancy, two additional terms may be served by such member if appointed thereto.
Term:
After the initial staggering of terms, nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of four years
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Aida Lupe Pacheco6/30/2022
  • Paul D. Berry6/30/2023
  • Rodrigo Velasquez6/30/2023
  • Rosa Cecilia Williams6/30/2023
  • Karina Kline-Gabel6/30/2023
  • Carmen R. Romero6/30/2022
  • Joshua DeSilva6/30/2024
  • Charles Alexander Guzman6/30/2024
  • Juan Paulo Espinoza6/30/2024
  • Diana S. Patterson6/30/2024
  • Lyons F. Sanchezconcha6/30/2024
  • Edgaar Aranda-Yanoc6/30/2022
  • Yahusef M. Medina6/30/2024
  • Eduardo Zelaya6/30/2024
  • Diana Brown6/30/2022
  • Manuel E. Leiva6/30/2022
  • Gloria Maria Peña Rockhold6/30/2022
  • Max A. Luna-Jimenez6/30/2022
  • Lourdes Morales6/30/2022
  • Walewska M. Watkins6/30/2023
  • Sergio Rimola6/30/2023
Virginia African American Advisory Board
Code:
§ 2.2-2492.
Purpose:
The Virginia African American Advisory Board (the Board) is established as an advisory board in the executive branch of state government.The purpose of the Virginia African American Advisory Board is to advise the Governor on the development of economic, professional, cultural, educational, and governmental links between the Commonwealth of Virginia and the African American community in Virginia.
Composition:
The Board shall have a total membership of 26 members that shall consist of 21 nonlegislative citizen members and five ex officio members. Nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed as follows: 21 members, at least 15 of whom shall be African American, to be appointed by the Governor, subject to confirmation by the General Assembly. The Secretaries of the Commonwealth, Commerce and Trade, Education, Health and Human Resources, and Public Safety and Homeland Security or their designees shall serve ex officio with nonvoting privileges. Nonlegislative citizen members of the Board shall be citizens of the Commonwealth.

Ex officio members of the Board shall serve terms coincident with their terms of office. Appointments to fill vacancies, other than by expiration of a term, shall be for the unexpired terms. Vacancies shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointments. All members may be reappointed. After the initial staggering of terms, nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of four years. No nonlegislative citizen member shall serve more than two consecutive four-year terms. The remainder of any term to which a member is appointed to fill a vacancy shall not constitute a term in determining the member's eligibility for reappointment. The Board shall elect a chairman and vice-chairman from among its membership. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum. The meetings of the Board shall be held at the call of the chairman or whenever the majority of the members so request.
Term:
After the initial staggering of terms, nonlegislative citizen members shall be appointed for a term of four years
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Cozy E. Bailey6/30/2025
  • Ingrid G. Grant6/30/2024
  • Cheryl Ann Ivey Green6/30/2023
  • Eldon Burton6/30/2024
  • Gaylene Kanoyton6/30/2022
  • Yvonne J. Lewis6/30/2022
  • Christopher B. Sanchez6/30/2025
  • Precious R. Muhammad6/30/2024
  • Cameron D. Patterson6/30/2023
  • Monica L. Reid6/30/2023
  • Van C. Wilson6/30/2023
  • Tia L. Yancey6/30/2025
  • Toria Edmonds-Howell6/30/2024
  • Shirley A. Ginwright6/30/2022
  • Sheila Dixon6/30/2025
  • Larry Boone6/30/2023
  • Tamara W. Dias6/30/2025
  • Hope F. Cupit6/30/2024
  • Keren C. Dongo6/30/2025
  • EDUARDO L. LOPEZ6/30/2022
  • Robert Barnette6/30/2024
Virginia Council on Women
Location:
Virginia Council on Women
1111 East Broad Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Tel. (804) 786-2441
Code:
§ 2.2-2630
Purpose:
The Council on Women (the "Council") is established as an advisory council, within the meaning of ' 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government. The purpose of the Council shall be to advise the Governor on matters pertaining to women and ways to improve their educational, professional, cultural, and governmental status within the Commonwealth.
Composition:
The Council shall consist of 21 members from the Commonwealth at large and one of the Governor's Secretaries as defined in ' 2.2-200, ex officio with full voting privileges, all to be appointed by the Governor. Appointments shall be for terms of four years, except appointments to fill vacancies, which shall be for the unexpired terms. The ex officio member shall serve a term coincident with his term of office. A majority of the membership of the Council shall constitute a quorum.

Term:
Four year terms
Gubernatorial Appointees:
  • Term Expires
  • Ashley N. Reynolds Marshall6/30/2024
  • Diana B. Gates6/30/2025
  • Courtney Hill6/30/2025
  • Holly Seibold6/30/2022
  • Ramunda Young6/30/2022
  • Lashawn R. Farmer6/30/2022
  • Nicole Carry6/30/2022
  • Marzia Abbasi6/30/2022
  • Hyun J. Lee6/30/2022
  • Donna Price6/30/2024
  • Aesha Mehta6/30/2024
  • Heather E. Caputo6/30/2024
  • Marisol Morales-Diaz6/30/2025
  • Kristina Hagen6/30/2025
  • Brigitta S. Toruno6/30/2024
  • Kara L. Moran6/30/2024
  • Alencia Johnson6/30/2024
  • Aisha Johnson6/30/2025
  • Da'Shaun A. Joseph6/30/2022
  • Mary Kate Andris6/30/2025
  • Karishma Merchant6/30/2025

Information accurate as of December 2021