Board of Directors

The VGEA is governed by a group of state employee and retiree board members elected by the general membership prior to the annual general membership meeting. Board members serve two-year terms, with about five positions renewing each year. The Past President/Parliamentarian also serves as an ex-officio voting board member.


Gale Grantpresident

Ron Jenkins, vice president, finance

Marc Crippen, vice president, administration

Cynthia Brittain, secretary

Mindy Stembridgetreasurer

J. Marshall Terry, past president/parliamentarian


Board of Directors Members – Term Ending 2017
J. Marshall Terry
1st Term
Department of Taxation (Retired)

Committees: Executive, WAGE Representative, Finance, Elections & Bylaws Committee (Chair).

Mindy Stembridge
2nd Term
Department of Taxation

Committees: Executive (Treasurer), Scholarship and Finance.

Ronald Jenkins
2nd Term
Department of Forestry (Retired)

Committees: Executive (Vice President, Finance), Legislative and Finance (Chair).

Board of Director Members - Term Ending 2018
Cynthia Dunaway Brittain
2nd Term
Virginia Department of Taxation

Committees: Executive (Secretary), Finance, Legislative and Scholarship (Chair).

Delores “Dee” Esser
1st Term
Virginia Employment Commission (Retired)

Committees: Events, Scholarship, Elections & Bylaws and Legislative.

Gale Grant
3rd Term
Virginia Department of Health

Committees: Executive (President) and Finance.

Lori Epik
1st Term
Mt. Sidney
Department of Aging & Rehabilitative Services (DARS), Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center

Committees: Elections & Bylaws, Finance and Legislative (Chair).

Marc Crippen
2nd Term
Department of Juvenile Justice

Committees:  Executive (Vice President, Administration), Elections & Bylaws, Membership (Chair) and Scholarship.

Martha Rasnake
1st Term
Southwest Virginia Community College, Department of Human Resources

Committees:  Scholarship and Membership (Chapters & Connections Subcommittee Chair).

Rick Fowler
1st Term
Southside (Chapter President)
Department of Social Services

Committees: Finance, Membership (Member Services Subcommittee Chair) and Legislative (Legislative Day Subcommittee Chair).

Sandra Davis
1st Term
Department of Social Services

Committees: Membership and Events.

Susan Triggs
1st Term
Glen Allen
Department of Health, Office of Health Equity

Committees: Legislative and Membership.

William “Terry” Braddock
2nd Term
South Boston
Department of Motor Vehicles

Committees:  Events, Membership and Legislative.

What VGEA Members Are Saying:

  • This organization (VGEA) provides highest quality support for active and retired public employees…

    Dan Moon
  • VGEA is our Voice in Richmond!

    Judy Franklin
  • VGEA is Your Connection that has the strength of numbers and influence to demand that our issues are addressed.

    April Mela
  • I’m impressed with the VGEA’s General Assembly accomplishments, particularly in the last few years.

    Terry Alfred
  • Thank you, VGEA, for all you do for State employees. Your effort and dedication are much appreciated.

    Jayne Fanshaw, Longwood University
  • VGEA is wonderful and has our best interests at heart…it is truly the voice of the people.

    Joan Stromberg, ABC
  • Thank you, (VGEA) you do a great job representing us! 

    Karen Poff
  • The cellphone discounts I’ve gotten through VGEA have probably been enough to pay my association dues for the rest of my life!

    L.F., Department of Corrections
  • “I saved $200 this year just by changing to Liberty Mutual for car insurance. That’s how much the VGEA insurance discount was – twice my dues!”

    J. L. Stone
  • Great organization and I’m proud to be a member. VGEA worked tirelessly to ensure state employees received a 3% raise this year and not tied to revenue projections. VGEA is our voice to state government. I wish more state employees would join, there is strength in numbers.

    Carolyn Bethea

Representing the Commonwealth’s Employees and Retirees

For more than a half century, the VGEA has worked with Virginia General Assembly members and every Governor to protect the interests of the Commonwealth’s employees and retirees and to ensure that their needs are addressed. Learn More