The mission of the Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism is to be proactive in the support of community-based initiatives to build stronger communities and enhance existing relationships that address local educational, community development, economic, health, environmental and other social/cultural needs by identifying and involving diverse community service volunteers.  The Board exists to fulfill the mandate of the Code of Virginia, Chapter 24 of Section 2.2-2478 which states:

The Governor's Advisory Board on Service and Volunteerism (the Board) is established as an advisory board, within the meaning of § 2.2-2100, in the executive branch of state government to advise the Governor and Cabinet Secretaries on matters related to promotion and development of national service in the Commonwealth and to meet the provisions of the federal National and Community Service Trust Act of 1993.


Elizabeth B. Childress(Richmond)
Student, University of Richmond Law School


Vanessa Diamond (Richmond)
Vice President/Director, Partnership for Nonprofit Excellence/HandsOn RVA

Board Members

Jessica M. Bowser (Alexandria)
Senior Director of Advocacy, National PTA

The Honorable John Taylor Chapman (Alexandria)
City Councilman, City of Alexandria

Omari J. Faulkner (Bluemont)
Strategic Development Director, ManTech International

Mark Fero (Ruther Glen)
Programs and Public Safety Financial Manager, Office of the Attorney General

The Honorable Terry C. Frye (Bristol)
Commissioner of Revenue, City of Bristol

Peter J. Goldin (Richmond)
Associate State Director, Federal Advocacy, AARP Virginia

Ashley W. Hall (Richmond)
Capital Region Collaborative

Zachary Leonsis (Washington, DC)
Vice President & General Manager, Monumental Sports Network

Amy P. Nisenson (Manakin Sabot)
Executive Director, The Mary Morton Parsons Foundation & nonprofit consultant

Seema Sethi, MPS, MBA, (Fairfax)
President and CEO, Society for Enrichment of Asians

Tashiara Scott (Richmond)
Visual Communications Designer, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond

Karen J. Stanley (Richmond)
Chief Executive Officer, CARITAS

Julie M. Strandlie (Alexandria)
Consultant, Strandlie Advocacy, LLC

Rachel R. Thomas (Washington, DC)
Press Secretary, EMILY’s List

James H. Underwood (Midlothian)
Business Manager, Local Union No. 666, IBEW 666

Steven A. Valdez, BSBA (Richmond)
Associate, PwC LLP

Leslie Van Horn (Norfolk)
Executive Director, Federation of Virginia Food Banks

Leah Dozier Walker, MPA (Richmond)
Community and Minority Affairs Liaison, Virginia Department of Education

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