Ron Jordan joined the VGEA team in 2005, serving first as a key lobbyist and then as executive director since 2008. Under his leadership, the VGEA has become a major force at the Virginia General Assembly. Ron has been instrumental in establishing the VGEA’s Political Action Committee and has led the VGEA to develop major legislative policies on matters from salary increases to pension structures. He also initiated the VGEA Blueprint for the Future, a strategic plan for association expansion that has led to new member services and an increase in membership. In addition to his VGEA position, he serves as vice chairman and managing director of Advantus Strategies, LLC, a consulting firm in Richmond.
Ron has extensive policy, program and budget experience gained during nearly 30 years of state and local government experience. During that time, he worked as a senior staff member of the Virginia House of Delegates Appropriations Committee and the Governor’s cabinet. His specific areas of expertise include appropriations, finance, technology, public safety and natural resources. Ron served as the former Deputy Secretary of Public Safety during Governor James Gilmore’s administration, with 11 agencies and 21,000 employees. In this role, he was responsible for manpower, fiscal, legislative and technology matters, and acted as legislative point person for public safety policy and budget initiatives. Prior to joining the Appropriations Committee staff in 1987, he was Director of Planning and Research for the Virginia State Police.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Virginia YMCA and the Henrico County Drug Court Steering Committee. Ron holds a B.S. in Criminal Justice from Virginia Commonwealth University, a master’s in Public Administration from Auburn University with additional post-graduate work at the University of Alabama. He is also a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute and has served as an adjunct faculty member at VCU at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.
When Johnna Cossaboon joined VGEA in 2010, she brought with her a depth of marketing communications management experience in very diverse industries, including healthcare, music and financial services. Her communication skills had translated well to all those business sectors throughout her career, and Association Management and Government Relations have proven to be no different.
At VGEA, Johnna handles communications including the website, electronic and printed newsletters, brochures, social media and news releases. Her decades of experience and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Corporate Communications from Rowan University of New Jersey are flexed daily as she works with members and staff to design and deliver strategies that work, while acting as prime media spokesperson for VGEA.
In addition to VGEA communications, Johnna is responsible for legislative duties, meeting often with State Senators and Delegates to champion the best interests of state employees, retirees and their families. Helping to lead the lobbying team, she works to achieve the association’s Legislative Priorities during each year’s General Assembly, while keeping members abreast of the progress with communications prior, during and after the session. Advocacy for VGEA member issues is not just a job for Johnna – it’s a passion.
Sonya Williams brings a wealth of organizational and leadership skills to the VGEA management team. In her role as Member Services Director, Sonya is the first point of contact for thousands of members and is responsible for planning large meetings and conferences, as well as overseeing new member applications, member benefits and requests and database creation and maintenance.
She earned her bachelor’s in Business Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and is a Certified Meeting Planner (CMP). She began her career at the Virginia Health Information Network where she served as Executive Assistant to the Director. There Sonya applied her organizational expertise to meeting and conference planning, membership management and employee relations. Prior to joining VGEA, she worked in human resources at Alstom Power and also worked extensively in both the public and non-profit sectors.
Teresa Craig brought an extensive background in non-profit organizations to the VGEA management team. She oversees the VGEA field activities, coordinating recruitment, events and regional meetings as well as creating and managing the VGEA Connections Program implementation throughout the state. She previously worked for Return to Nature, Inc., a conservation education program in the Commonwealth of Virginia, where she was the Director of Administration. In that position she also had the opportunity to work with many other state and national membership groups.
Serving as the Virginia State President of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs for the 2012-2014 term, Teresa also held many local and state leadership positions in that organization, such as District Junior Director, District President, local Club President, and many District and State Chairmanships. She has been a member of the GFWC Bedford Woman’s Club for nearly 30 years.
Ann Winslow, originally a farm girl from Smithfield, Virginia, brings a wealth of financial management skills to the VGEA membership staff. In her role as Member Services Specialist, Ann processes membership dues payments and maintains thousands of membership database files. She answers many emailed and called in member questions and also helps to prepare for and conduct the annual audit.
Prior to joining the VGEA staff, Ann worked in several progressive positions during 26 years of service at SunTrust Bank in Richmond, and studied Criminal Justice at John Tyler Community College. She also currently serves as a Money Management Volunteer with Senior Connections and enjoys spending time on the James River with her family.
McKinley Jordan works in the field part-time as a member of the VGEA association management team. He meets members face-to-face across the state on a daily basis, bringing the VGEA benefit and goal messages straight to the State employees served by the association. Prior to joining the VGEA in 2006, he was a career State employee; having served as a Case Manager, Grievance Coordinator, Correctional Sergeant, Work Study Release Coordinator, Work Release Counselor and Classification Specialist for the Virginia Department of Corrections before he retired.
He holds an associate’s degree in Corrections, and a B.S. in Sociology from St. Leo College in Florida. McKinley’s community involvement includes serving as Past Post Commander of American Legion Post #151 of Emporia, Past Exalted Ruler of Victory, ELK Lodge #1179, and he now serves as the Chair of the Crater Service Disability Board, Crater District.
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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