Governor Terry McAuliffe announced additional appointments to his administration on Friday, February 28. The appointees will join McAuliffe’s administration focused on finding common ground with members of both parties on issues that will grow Virginia’s economy and create more jobs across the Commonwealth.
Secretariat of Education
Foster Billingsley, Deputy Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts
Foster Billingsley previously served as either Executive Director or Deputy Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts since 2001. Mr. Billingsley is a native of Virginia and graduated from Old Dominion University. He also completed the Virginia Executive Leadership Institute in 2007. Prior to working at the Commission for the Arts, Mr. Billingsley worked as the Production Coordinator / Company Manager for the Virginia Opera Association in Norfolk, Virginia. He also has extensive experience in theatre, working as an Actors Equity Stage Manager for New York Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and Regional Theatre Companies. Mr. Billingsley has been an advisory panelist for the Kentucky Arts Council, and co-chair of the Deputy Director Peer Group and Audit Committee for the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies. He has served on the boards of the Virginia Executive Leadership Institute and the Virginia Employee Dispute Resolution Council.
Margaret Vanderhye, Executive Director of the Virginia Commission for the Arts
Margi served in the Virginia House of Delegates from 2008 to 2010 representing the 34th district (McLean, Great Falls, and parts of Herndon and Vienna). She served for six years as a Presidential appointee to the National Capital Planning Commission during the Clinton administration. Margi chaired the Commission’s Joint Memorials and Museums Task Force which developed a nationally award winning master plan for monuments, memorials, and museums. Margi Vanderhye currently serves as Vice Chair of the McLean Project for the Arts promoting the important connection between a vibrant arts curriculum and workforce preparedness. She served in the 1990’s as an appointee to the northern Virginia Advisory Panel for the Virginia Commission for the Arts.
Secretariat of Health and Human Resources
David Brown, Director of the Department of Health Professions
David Brown opened his chiropractic office in Charlottesville in 1982. He is a former member of the Virginia Board of Medicine, the Virginia High School League Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners and a former president of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards. He was the Mayor of the City of Charlottesville from 2004 to 2008, and in 2009 joined Edison2, a Charlottesville start-up that won the 2010 Automotive XPRIZE. Since 2012 he has worked as the special assistant to Delegate David Toscano. A native of Virginia’s Eastern Shore, Dr. Brown graduated from the University of Virginia in 1977, and received his chiropractic degree from Western States Chiropractic College, in Portland, Oregon, in 1981.
Carole Pratt, Special Policy Advisor to the Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Health
Carole Pratt practiced general dentistry in rural southwest Virginia for 32 years, during which time she served four terms as chair of Virginia’s Board of Health, and vice chair of the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services. She is the past chair of the board of trustees at Lewis Gale Hospital at Pulaski, and in 2009, Pratt was a fellow of the National Rural Health Association. She is a member of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition and she has chaired the Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education Consortium, which creates and supports medical residency preceptor sites in rural and underserved communities. Pratt received her D.D.S. from the Medical College of Virginia (Virginia Commonwealth University) School of Dentistry and is a member of the Dean’s Board of Advisors. She received her B.S. in biology from Virginia Tech, where she currently serves as a member of the Biology Department Alumni Advisory Board.
Secretariat of Natural Resources
John M.R. Bull, Commissioner of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission
John Bull has been with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission since June 2007. In his career at the agency, he has been Director of Public Relations and Legislative Liaison and has worked closely with the agency’s many and varied constituent groups, the news media and the Virginia General Assembly and has been involved in all aspects of agency operations. Before joining the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter at eight different newspapers over the span of 23 years, most recently as an investigative reporter and Virginia General Assembly reporter for the Newport News Daily Press.He is a journalism graduate of Penn State University.
Clyde Cristman, Director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation
Clyde Cristman is completing his seventh General Assembly session with the Virginia Senate Finance Committee Staff, where he has handled the areas of Natural Resources, Agriculture & Forestry, Commerce & Trade, and Capital Outlay. He served as Deputy Secretary of Public Safety under Governor Tim Kaine from 2006 to 2007. From 2003 to 2006, Cristman served as Director of the Department of Charitable Gaming under Governor Mark Warner. From 1998 to 2003, he served on the Virginia House Appropriations Committee Staff, overseeing the areas of Natural Resources and Public Safety. Cristman served as Director of the Hampton-Newport News Criminal Justice Agency from 1992 to 1998. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Behavioral and Social Sciences from the University of Maryland in 1982.
Julie Langan, Director of the Department of Historic Resources
An experienced historic preservation professional and nonprofit administrator, Julie Langan has previously held leadership positions with both regional and local preservation nonprofits and two state historic preservation offices, Virginia and Arkansas. She has twice worked at DHR, most recently she served as Deputy Director and before returning to Virginia in 2008, she worked for nonprofits in Cleveland, Ohio. For the ten years prior to her move to Cleveland, Ms. Langan held several positions with the Virginia Department of Historic and taught historic preservation at the University of Mary Washington College and Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Langan has an M.A. in Architectural History from the University of Virginia, and an undergraduate degree in Art History from Wheaton College.