Governor McDonnell Announces Additional Appointments to Administration
RICHMOND - Governor Bob McDonnell today announced additional appointments to his administration in the following secretariats: Commerce and Trade; and, Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security. In addition, he announced appointments to two Virginia boards and commissions.
Bios for today's appointments can be found below. Further announcements regarding additional appointments in the McDonnell Administration will continue to be made in the months ahead.
Office of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
Terrie L. Suit, Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
Terrie Suit was appointed Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security following the passage of House Bill 1773 and Senate Bill 1263 during the 2011 General Assembly Session. She formerly served as Assistant to the Governor for Commonwealth Preparedness, having been appointed at the beginning of the McDonnell Administration, advising the Governor on homeland security, anti-terrorism and military community issues as well as serving as the state's liaison to the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to her time with the administration Suit spent nearly a decade representing the citizens of Virginia Beach and Chesapeake as a member of the Virginia House of Delegates. During her time in office she chaired the General Laws Committee and focused her legislative activities on homeland security, military community, BRAC, and real estate issues. Suit also served on the Commerce and Labor, Counties Cities and Towns, Education, Privileges and Elections, and the Agriculture Committees of the House. Before joining the McDonnell Administration Suit was a Government Affairs Director at the law firm of Williams Mullen.
Suit is an active community leader. She has held positions on the executive committee of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and was the 2006 and 2007 chair of the Chamber's Lead Hampton Roads Board of Trustees. Suit also served on the Virginia Beach Contemporary Art Center Board of Trustees and the Old Dominion University's Alumni Association. She has received numerous awards including selection as one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly's "Influential Women of Virginia" for 2010, the Hampton Roads Outstanding Professional Women in Public Service Award in 2005, and the YWCA's Women of Distinction Award in 2004.
Suit grew up the daughter of career officer LTC (USA ret) Richard and Sally Stork of Chesterfield, VA, and continued her affiliation with the military during her 21 years as a Navy wife. Her husband, Tom, is a retired United States Navy SEAL. Suit obtained her associates degree from Tidewater Community College and graduated from Old Dominion University with a bachelor's degree in political science.
Commerce and Trade
Cathie J. France, Deputy Director for Energy Policy, Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy
Cathie France comes to the Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy after serving as the Director, Governmental Relations at Virginia Natural Gas. In that role, she handled advocacy to state, local, and federal officials, the company's civic and charitable sponsorships and donations, as well as, overseeing the Company's energy conservation programs. Prior to joining Virginia Natural Gas, Cathie worked as a Senior Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney in Virginia Beach, and served as aide to former Senator Ken Stolle.
Cathie also takes an active role in political and civic life in Hampton Roads. She serves on various Boards, including the Virginia Beach Division of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Volunteer Hampton Roads, the Salvation Army, the Virginia Aquarium, the Urban League, Hampton Roads Association of Commercial Real Estate, Prevent Child Abuse of Hampton Roads, Keep Virginia Beautiful and the Tidewater Chapter board of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities. She is also a member of the Cape Henry Rotary Club, and the Virginia Economic Development Alliance, in addition to serving on the steering and finance committees of many candidates for political office. She was recently named one of the Top Women in Business in Hampton Roads. She and her husband, Dave, have two children, Eli and Marley.
Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel Commission
- Thomas B. Dix, Jr. of Onancock, Parter with Curtis, Lewis & Dix
- Aubrey L. Layne, Jr.* of Virginia Beach, President of Great Atlantic Management
- John Salm of Cape Charles, President of J.W. Salm Engineering Inc.
- Jack White of Cape Charles
Local Government Advisory Committee to the Chesapeake Executive Council
- Robert W. Lazaro, Jr. of Purcellville, Mayor for the Town of Purcellville
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