Board of Visitors


Appointed by the Governor to terms expiring on dates indicated:
  • June 30, 2020: Shelley Butler Barlow; Greta J. Harris; Chris Petersen; Dennis H. Treacy; Jeff E. Veatch;
  • June 30, 2021: Anna L. James; Letitia A. Long
  • June 30, 2022: Edward H. Baine; Mehul P. Sanghani; Horacio A. Valeiras; Preston M. White
  • June 30, 2023: Charles T. Hill, Sharon Brickhouse Martin, Melissa Byrne Nelson
Mr. Horacio A. Valeiras
Finance and Resource Management Committee Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Partner
Frontier Global Partners
7776 Ivanhoe Avenue, Suite 150
La Jolla, CA 92037

Mr. horacio valeiras

Mr. Horacio Valeiras, of La Jolla, California, is the Chief Executive Officer, Partner of Frontier Global Partners. He was the principal of HAV Capital LLC and worked at Allianz Global Investors Capital LLC as managing director, chief investment officer, portfolio manager, and member of the management board. Earlier in his career, Mr. Valeiras developed and oversaw the global core equity and European tactical asset allocation programs at Morgan Stanley Investment Management. From 1992 to 1996, he was a partner at Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd, responsible for international equities and asset allocation. He began his career in the investment management industry as the European technology analyst and non-U.S. strategist at Credit Suisse First Boston. Mr. Valeiras is a C.F.A. charter-holder. He earned a bachelor's in chemical engineering from Virginia Tech, a master's in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and an M.B.A. in finance from the University of California, Berkeley. A former chairman of the Virginia Tech Foundation Board, he serves on the boards of directors for the San Diego Foundation, the Scripps Research Institute, and InHand Electronics. He also serves on the Advisory Board of Frontier Market Asset Management.

Mr. Edward H. Baine

Senior Vice President - Distribution
Dominion Energy
120 Tredegar Street
Richmond, VA 23219

Mr. Edward h. "ed" baine

Mr. Edward H. "Ed" Baine of Richmond, Virginia, is senior vice president–Distribution, Power Delivery Group, of Dominion Energy. He is responsible for all facets of Dominion Energy's regulated electric distribution business that provides electricity to about 2.6 million customer accounts in Virginia and northeastern North Carolina. Mr. Baine joined the company in 1995 as an associate engineer and has held numerous engineering, operational, and management positions within the company. In 2006, he was named director–Electric Distribution Operations Centers. He was promoted to vice president–Shared Services, effective July 1, 2009, and was named vice president–Fossil & Hydro Merchant Operations in January 2012. He was named vice president–Power Generation System Operations in July 2013 and senior vice president–Transmission & Customer Service in June 2015. He assumed his current post in February 2016. Mr. Baine is a member of the boards of directors of the Dominion Energy Credit Union, ChamberRVA, Venture Richmond, and the Capital Region Collaborative. He also serves on the board of the Chesterfield Public Education Foundation and is a member of the Executive Advisory Council of the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond. In addition, he serves on the boards of directors of the Southeastern Electric Exchange, the Virginia Tech Athletic Fund, MEGA Mentors, and the American Association of Blacks in Energy, and the Valentine, as well as the EEI National Response and AEIC Power Delivery Executive Committees. Mr. Baine earned his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech and completed the advanced management program at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He is a registered professional engineer in Virginia.

Ms. Shelley Butler Barlow

Cotton Plains Farm, Inc.
P.O. Box 2116
Suffolk, VA 23432

Mrs. Shelley Butler Barlow

Mrs. Shelley Butler Barlow of Suffolk, Virginia, is the President of the Board of Directors for the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumers Services (VDACS). She is co-owner of Cotton Plains Farm, Inc., a multi-generational family farming operation. A 1982 Virginia Tech graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture, Shelley has worked in various segments of agriculture since graduation, including hog production, feed sales, pharmaceutical sales, veterinary medicine, and row crop and vegetable farming. She is also the Garden Coordinator for Healthy Suffolk, a local non-profit that supports community and school gardens. Barlow is a 2016 fellow of Virginia Agriculture Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR). In addition to her VDACS board position, Barlow represents Virginia’s cotton industry on The Cotton Board, is the Suffolk USDA Farm Service Agency county committee chair, and serves on the Virginia Farm Bureau’s AgPac Board of Trustees and Cotton Advisory Board. Shelley was Virginia Farm Bureau’s 2010 Farm Woman of the Year.

Ms. Greta Harris
Academic, Research, and Student Affairs Committee Chair
President & CEO
Better Housing Coalition
23 West Broad Street, Suite 100
Richmond, VA 23222

Ms. Greta Harris

Ms. Harris of Richmond, Virginia, is President and CEO of the Better Housing Coalition. Before joining BHC, she was vice president for the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), a national non-profit community and economic development corporation. Prior to that role, she was the senior program director for Virginia LISC, based in Richmond, which supported local organizations in developing more than $250 million in real estate in Central Virginia. Ms. Harris was appointed to the Virginia Tech Foundation Board in 2016 and also serves on the Board of the Virginia Housing Alliance. She has served on the boards of the City of Richmond's Economic Development Authority, the Federal Reserve Bank's Board of Governors' Consumer Advisory Council, the Virginia Housing Coalition, the Richmond Community Development Alliance, and Seven Hills Boys Middle School. Ms. Harris is a member of Leadership Metro Richmond's Class of 1995. She was named the Virginia Tech Black Alumni Association's 2016 Philanthropist of the Year and was recognized as a 2014 Outstanding Virginian by Equality Virginia. Ms. Harris earned her bachelor's degree in Architecture from Virginia Tech and holds a master's degree in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.

Mr. Charles T. Hill
Buildings and Grounds Committee Chair
422 Wellfield Road
Manakin-Sabot, VA 23103

Mr. Charles T. Hill

Mr. Charles "C.T." Hill, of Midlothian, retired from SunTrust Bank in 2012 as both chairman for the Mid-Atlantic banking operations and consumer banking executive. His 42-year career with SunTrust and its predecessors also included serving as chairman, president, and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic banking group, as well as head of the company's retail line of business. Hill attended Virginia Tech and the University of Richmond, and later graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers and the National School of Real Estate at Ohio State. He also completed the Executive Program at the University's Darden School of Business. Hill has served on boards for the Massey Cancer Center, the Richmond Performing Arts Center, and the Metropolitan Business Foundation. He is a member of the management roundtable and a past chair of Venture Richmond, the Virginia Bankers Association, the Forum Club, and the Virginia Foundation of Independent Colleges. From 2007-2011, Hill represented Virginia's 7th District on the state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, chairing that organization in 2011.

Ms. Anna James
Compliance, Audit, and Risk Committee Chair
6015 Poplar Hall Drive, Suite 104
Norfolk, Va 23502

Ms. Anna James

Ms. Anna James of Suffolk, Virginia, is the Director of Business Development and Academic Affiliation at Sentara Healthcare. A Virginia Tech alumna, she received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management in 2002 before continuing on to complete her M.B.A. at Virginia Commonwealth University in 2010. After graduating, she became Director of Government Relations for Virginia Commonwealth University and the VCU Health System. From there, she assumed the role of Manager for State Government Affairs for Troutman Sanders Strategies, before serving as Special Assistant to Governor Mark Warner. While working with Governor Warner, Ms. James established the Governor's Healthy Virginians initiative, and advised the Governor on issues such as teacher quality, K-12 education, procurement, capital outlay, healthcare and higher education. She subsequently was named Policy Director to Governor Terry McAuliffe, a position she held from 2014 to 2016.

Ms. Letitia A. Long
Vice Rector
Finance and Resource Management Committee Chair
Tish Long LLC
521 N Washington St #302
Alexandria, VA 22314

Ms. letitia a. long

Ms. Letitia A. Long is the Chairman of the Board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance, and currently sits on the boards of Raytheon Company, Urthecast Corporation, Noblis, Inc., Sonatype, and D-Wave Government Systems. Additionally, she is on the boards of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs, and the Virginia Tech Ted and Karyn Hume Center for National Security and Technology. She is also an Executive-in-Residence with Brookings Executive Education. Ms. Long served as the fifth Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), and was the first woman to lead a major US intelligence agency. Her career has spanned all aspects of organizational leadership, business functions, and global operations. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 Virginia Tech Distinguished Achievement Award, the Presidential Rank Award of Distinguished Executive, two Presidential Rank Awards of Meritorious Executive, two Department of Defense Medals for Distinguished Service, and three National Intelligence Distinguished Service Medals. Ms. Long earned a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Tech in 1982 and a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Catholic University of America, and she was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Strategic Intelligence by the National Intelligence University.

Ms. Sharon Brickhouse Martin

Brickhouse Martin Healthcare Engineering
14120-A Lee Hwy, POB 1760
Centreville, VA 20122

Ms. Sharon Brickhouse Martin

Ms. Martin is Founder and President of Brickhouse•Martin Healthcare Engineering (B•MHE). In this capacity, she is responsible for the management and information technology services that the firm provides to its healthcare clients. Prior to starting B•MHE in 1991, Ms. Martin served in senior positions in the healthcare consulting practices of Ernst & Whinney, Coopers & Lybrand, and Booz Allen & Hamilton, Inc. An experienced facilitator and trainer, Ms. Martin has been a frequent speaker and author on the subjects of project management, reengineering, teambuilding, and process improvement for healthcare organizations. Ms. Martin currently serves on several boards including the Advisory Board of the Ron Brown Scholars Program in Charlottesville, VA, and both the HSC Foundation Board of Directors and the HSCSN Board of Directors in Washington, DC. Previously she served on the Advisory Board of the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, the Board of Directors of the Comprehensive Health Investment Project of Virginia, the Advisory Council for the Medical Care for Children Partnership of Fairfax County, Virginia, the Industrial Advisory Board of the CEED program for the College of Engineering at Virginia Tech, and as President and a member of the Board of Directors for the National Capital Chapter of the Institute of Industrial Engineers. She holds a B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research as well as an M.S. in Engineering Administration, both from Virginia Tech. She is also a qualified Myers Briggs Type Indicator instructor and a certified Project Management Professional (PMP).

Dr. Melissa Byrne Nelson

Pediatric Associates of Richmond, Inc.
7113 Three Chopt Road, Suite 101
Richmond, VA 23226

Dr. Melissa Byrne Nelson

Dr. Melissa Byrne Nelson earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Tech in 1992. While at Virginia Tech, she was elected president of her class and president of the Student Government Association. She earned her Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University. As a medical student, she served as the president of the Student Government Association and the student member of the Board of Visitors at VCU. Dr. Nelson completed her residency at Cornell University Medical Center at the New York Presbyterian Hospital. She also pursued advanced training in developmental and behavioral pediatrics at Albert Einstein University and served on the faculty at New York Presbyterian Hospital and the Hospital for Special Surgery. Dr. Nelson is currently a partner and practicing physician with Pediatric Associates of Richmond, and has been voted by her peers a “Top Doc” by Richmond Magazine multiple times. She served as a leader of PACKids, advocating for the creation of a free-standing children’s hospital in Richmond. For this work, she was named Outstanding Woman for Health and Science of 2015 by the Richmond YWCA and a 2015 Person of the Year honoree by the Richmond Times Dispatch. Dr. Nelson continues to advocate for children and serves on the board for Child Savers and as an advisor to the Faison Center for Autism. Since 2017, she has served on the Governor’s Department of Health PANDAS/PANS Advisory Council. Dr. Nelson has served on the VCU-MCV Alumni Association Board and the Virginia Tech Alumni Association Board.

Mr. Chris Petersen

Arbor Strategies, LLC
8000 Towers Crescent Dr., Suite 1350
Vienna, VA 22182

Mr. chris petersen

Mr. Petersen of McLean, Virginia, is a principal at Arbor Strategies, LLC. His practice concentrates in legal and compliance services relating to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA"), privacy, state small-group and individual insurance reform regulation and the interaction between state and federal law. Mr. Petersen also advises clients on legal matters pertaining to minimum standards for supplemental and individual insurance products, association business, managed care, as well as other compliance issues. He also assists his clients before state insurance departments and provides representation before the National Association of Insurance Commissioners ("NAIC"), Congress and federal agencies. Mr. Petersen chairs the firm's privacy group. He previously served as the Vice President of the State Affairs/Legal Department of the Health Insurance Association of America. Mr. Petersen has spoken extensively on insurance reform matters and also has testified before Congress on insurance reform and privacy issues. Mr. Petersen is a member of the Virginia Bar Association, a member of the Board of Directors of the Professional Insurance Marketing Association ("PIMA") and received their President's Distinguished Service Award. He served on Governor-elect McAuliffe's transition team and presently serves as the treasurer of Common Good VA, Governor McAuliffe's political action committee. He is also presently serving as the president of Northam for Governor, Inc. Mr. Petersen earned his bachelor's degree from Washington University and holds a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University.

Mr. Mehul P. Sanghani
Governance and Administration Committee Chair
President and CEO
Octo Consulting
10780 Parkridge Blvd. 4th Floor
Reston, VA 20191

Mr. mehul sanghani

Mr. Mehul Sanghani is the founder and CEO of Octo Consulting Group – a nationally recognized and award winning technology-solutions firm located in Northern Virginia and serving the federal market. Octo specializes in providing agile software development, data visualization, data analytics, and strategy services for the classified U.S. intelligence community and the government health information-technology market. Since its founding in 2006, the firm has received multiple awards and recognitions, including being named the 23rd fastest growing business in the country by Inc. magazine, winning the Vanguard Award presented by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce to the state's fastest growing firm, and receiving separate Government Contractor of the Year Awards from the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and Northern Virginia Technology Council. Octo also was named the 2014 Corporate Philanthropist of the Year by the Washington Business Journal and nominated for the National Jefferson Awards for Public Service based on the firm's charitable efforts and engagement with numerous community outreach activities. Mr. Sanghani serves on the boards of directors for the Fairfax Chamber of Commerce and the Virginia Tech Science and Engineering Regional Growth Enterprise. He is a member of the Pamplin College of Business Advisory Council, the Pamplin Finance Advisory Board, and Virginia Tech's National Capital Region Leadership Council. A native of Blacksburg, he is a member of Virginia Tech's Class of 1998 and has earned separate bachelor's degrees in industrial systems engineering and psychology.

Mr. Dennis H. Treacy

P.O. Box 448
Hanover, VA 23069

Mr. Dennis H. Treacy

Mr. Treacy is Senior Counsel at the Reed Smith LLP law firm in its Government Relations and Administrative Law Group in Richmond. He retired as President of the Smithfield Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Smithfield Foods. Previously, Mr. Treacy served as Executive Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer for Smithfield Foods, where he directed many areas within the company, including government affairs, corporate communications, environmental programs, sustainability initiatives, and the legal department. Mr. Treacy also serves or has served on dozens of state and national boards and commissions. Prior to joining Smithfield Foods in 2002, he served as director of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality. He also served as assistant attorney general in the natural resources section of the Virginia Attorney General's office. He is a 2010 "Distinguished Environmental Law Graduate" from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon, where he graduated in 1983. He completed his undergraduate degree in Forestry and Wildlife at Virginia Tech in 1978, and currently serves as Rector on its Board of Visitors.

Mr. Jeff E. Veatch

Co-Founder, Apex Systems
201 North Union Street
Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314

Mr. jeff E. veatch

Mr. Veatch of Alexandria, Virginia, is a successful entrepreneur, businessman, community leader, and philanthropist. Mr. Veatch co-founded Apex Systems, what is now a billion-dollar business primarily in the field of IT staff augmentation. Apex Systems has more than a 1200 full time employees, with over 60 offices, employs close to 30,000 IT consultants a year, and is now a division of the largest publicly traded IT Staffing and Services firm in America. Over the course of his career, Mr. Veatch has been recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst and Young, selected to the Philanthropic 50 by Washington Life magazine, is a member of the Board for On Assignment (ASGN), served as a founding member of the effort to bring the Olympics to the Washington DC region, and holds board positions with Inova Health System as well as other leadership and board positions throughout the community. As an active philanthropic investor, he formed the Veatch Charitable Fund which focuses on education, healthcare, and the community. Just recently, he, along with the other Apex Systems founders, established the Apex Systems Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business (Apex CIE). He earned a bachelor's degree in Finance from Virginia Tech in 1993.

Mr. Preston M. White

Century Concrete, Inc.
1364 Air Rail Avenue
Virginia Beach, VA 23455

Mr. Preston m. White

Mr. Preston M. White of Virginia Beach, Virginia, is CEO of Century Concrete. Just three years after graduating from Virginia Tech with a bachelor's degree in building construction, Mr. White founded and has served as chief executive officer of Century Concrete since 1966. The company specializes in structural concrete for high rise buildings and infrastructure, concrete paving for airfields and industrial applications, sound barrier walls, all concrete for steel frame buildings, and various concrete foundation systems. Mr. White currently serves on the Virginia Business Higher Education Council, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation-HR Leadership Council, and on the executive council of Virginia Tech's Myers Lawson School of Construction. In 2009, he was appointed to the Christopher Newport University Board of Visitors and served as rector for three years. He is currently a member of the board of trustees for The New E3 School in Norfolk, Virginia. In 2008, Mr. White and his wife, Catharine, established an endowment in support of the Myers Lawson School of Construction to support the Preston and Catharine White Faculty Fellowship Program.


Dr. John Ferris

Faculty Representative
Associate Professor
Mechanical Engineering Department
143 Durham Hall
Virginia Tech (0261)
1145 Perry Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Dr. john ferris

Dr. John Ferris is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department, investigating improvements to ground vehicle system performance by studying their interactions with terrain surfaces. Specifically, his research focuses on chassis design and development, vehicle dynamics, terrain topology (high-fidelity measurement, calibration, verification, characterization, statistical analysis, and stochastic modelling), driver-vehicle interactions, virtual proving ground development, vehicle performance (ride, handling, reliability, mobility), design for reliability, customer usage and correlation, and automated vehicle development. Dr. Ferris received his B.S. from Carnegie Mellon and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. He began this work in 1990 for Chrysler, then DaimlerChrysler and ZF Lemförder, before joining the Virginia Tech faculty in 2005 as an Associate Professor. Dr. Ferris has participated in dozens of sponsored research projects totaling over $11 million, publishing 29 peer reviewed journal papers, and 43 conference papers.

Ms. Tamarah Smith

Staff Representative
Business Operations Specialist
Office of Summer and Winter Sessions
North End Center, Ste. 3500
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Ms. Madelynn Todd

Undergraduate Student Representative
315 Squires Student Center (0138)
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Mr. David (Ryan) King

Graduate Student Representative
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute
2 Riverside Circle, 2nd Floor
Roanoke, VA 24016