Governor's Advisory Board on Service & Volunteerism

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 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.

Interested in having one of our board members speak at your next meeting or event? Please contact


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


Steven A. Valdez, BSBA (Richmond)
Associate, Federal Reserve System

Board Members

Lily Beres (Falls Church)
Student, University of Virginia

Jessica M. Bowser (Alexandria)
Deputy Executive Director, Fairfax Education Association 

Elizabeth Burneson (Richmond)
Attorney, Hirschler Fleischer

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

Vanessa Diamond (Richmond)
Sr. VP, Civic Innovations, The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia

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

Mark Fero (Ruther Glen)
Grants Compliance Supervisor, Virginia Dept. of Criminal Justice Services

Terry C. Frye (Richmond)
Policy Advisor, Virginia Dept. of Criminal Justice Services

Ashley W. Hall (Richmond)
Director, Chesterfield Communities in Schools

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

Gina Lewis (Hampton Roads)
Director, Peninsula Foster Grandparent Program; Hampton Dept. of Human Services

Tyee Davenport Mallory (Richmond)
Regional Director, Office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine

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

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

Leslie Van Horn (Norfolk)
Development Officer, Norfolk Botanical Garden

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

Sheila Williamson-Branch, CAGS, MSA, MBA (Danville)
Treasurer, City of Danville

Tynetta Darden 
State Program Director; CNCS Virginia State Office

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