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Virginia Pesticide Control Board - Member Profiles

The Pesticide Control Board was created to promulgate pesticide regulations in the Commonwealth. Twelve members are appointed by the governor. Ex-officio members include the State Forester, the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech, and the dean of the School of Agriculture, Science and Technology at Virginia State University. For more information, or to contact a Pesticide Control Board member, contact Liza Fleeson, Program Manager, Division of Consumer Protection at 804.371.6559 or by e-mail at Liza.Fleeson@vdacs.virginia.gov

Dave Black.George David (Dave) Black
Representing: Production/Agriculture
Term expires: June 30, 2015

Dave Black is a career farmer, and Manager/Shareholder of family farm operation (Heritage Farms, LLC) in Charles City, VA, currently farming 1500 acres for the production of corn, wheat and soybeans.  He is a founding member and Vice President/Treasurer of Virginia Identity Preserved Grains, LLC, a company specializing in the development and exclusive distribution of identity preserved grain for the flour milling industry in the state of VA.  Dave is currently a Board member of the Virginia Grain Growers’ Association.  Other boards served include Virginia Small Grains Board (2006-2010), U. S. Wheat Associates (2006-2010), National Association of Wheat Growers (1996-2009), Virginia Small Grains Association (1994-1998), and the Virginia Small Grains Association (1991-2008).  Dave is a two-time recipient of Chesapeake Bay Clean Water Farm Award, 1993 National Association of Wheat Growers Top Wheat Yield Producer, 1998 DuPont Young Leader Award, 2002 BASF Young Leader Award, and he received a Certificate of Sustainability, VCU School of Business, 2010.  Dave is also a member of the Charles City Ruritans Club.

Photo of Dr. George W. Brown.Dr. George W. Brown
Representing: Public Health/Environmental
Term Expires: June 30, 2012

Dr. Brown was formerly the Head of the Biology Department at both Norfolk State University and Kentucky State University, Staff Researcher with the Procter & Gamble Company, and Associate Scientist with Ortho Research Foundation. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin, and a B.S. in Biology from Saint Augustine's College. Currently Dr. Brown serves on numerous community and professional organizations, including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Hampton Roads Advisory Committee, Chesapeake Bay Foundation Board of Trustees, Elizabeth River Project Board of Directors, New York Academy of Sciences, American Society for Microbiology and Sigma Xi Research Society.

Photo of Dr. William Cleveland Bosher. Dr. William (Bill) Cleveland Bosher, Jr.
Representing: Citizens
Term Expires: June 30, 2013

Dr. Bosher is the Executive Director of the Commonwealth Education Policy Institute and is a distinguished professor for Virginia Commonwealth University in the School of Education and Center for Public Policy. He has a B.A. in English from the University of Richmond, a Masters of Education in Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University and an Education Doctorate of Administration from the University of Virginia. Dr. Bosher serves on many boards and committees such as Jobs for Virginia Graduates, Education Leaders Council, Richmond Metro Chamber of Commerce, and the State Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of several honorary societies including Phi Delta Kappa, Kappa Delta Pi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Lychnos Society, Thespian Society and Phi Kappa Phi. Previously Dr. Bosher has held the positions of Superintendent of Schools for Chesterfield County Public Schools and Henrico County Public Schools, and Superintendent of public instruction for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The American Association of School Administrators recognized Dr. Bosher as Superintendent of the Year.

Photo of Carl E. Garrison. Carl E. Garrison, III
(ex-officio)
Carl Garrison is working his second tour of duty with the Virginia Department of Forestry (DOF), currently as the State Forester. He started with the DOF in 1980 after graduating from Virginia Tech and worked 15 years in various forester positions, ending as the District Forester in southeast Virginia. In 1995, Carl moved into the private sector as a consulting foresterand started his own business, Garrison Forestry Services, Inc. After moving around the country, he returned to Virginia in 2002 to become a Regional Forester in one of the largest regions for the Forestry Department. In November of 2004, Carl was appointed by the Governor as the new State Forester for the Virginia Department of Forestry. Carl has been very active in the Society of American Foresters (SAF) over the years and served as Chairperson for the Virginia Division of SAF in 1985; he received the Young Forester Leadership Award from the Virginia Division in 1989. He is an avid outdoorsman and waterfowl hunter.

Photo of Dr. Alan Grant.Dr. Alan L. Grant
(ex-officio)
Alan Grant is the dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Virginia Tech. Grant served eight years as the head of the Department of Animal Sciences at Purdue University and 19 years on the Purdue faculty prior to joining Virginia Tech. The College, through its research, teaching, and extension missions, has the goal to serve the people of the Commonwealth by enhancing the vitality and sustainability of agriculture, revitalizing rural families and communities, improving human and animal health and nutrition, and enhancing the quality of our environment. Dr. Grant’s past research on animal growth has focused on strategies for increasing the efficiency of lean meat production and utilization and he has studied the relationship between muscle development and meat quality.  

Dr. Grant was recognized as a University Faculty Scholar at Purdue University for his achievements in teaching and research, and has received multiple teaching awards, including the Teaching for Tomorrow Award, an enrichment program for recognizing and fostering teaching. 

He is an advocate of regionalization and multi-state activities to support land-grant missions and has provided leadership to the U.S. Pork Center of Excellence.

Dona Huang.Dona R. Huang
Representing: Citizens
Term Expires: June 30, 2015

Dona Huang holds a Master of Science degree in Public Health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She has over 24 years of professional experience in health policy and administration and in environmental management and toxicology.  Presently she directs the Lead-Safe and Healthy Homes Initiative program with the Richmond City Health District.  Previous to this position, she owned and ran a private organizational learning and educational consulting business.  Ms. Huang directed the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Program with the VA Department of Environmental Quality (VDEQ) from mid 1990 to mid 2000.  She guided VDEQ to become the first state agency to become ISO 14001 certified and served as the Comptroller of the ISO 14001 Program.  During her career with VDEQ, Ms. Huang served as technical advisor and state expert to Federal NEPA and local MPOs.  She was an active committee member of the EPA TRI FOSTTA group and with the EPA/DOJ Environmental Justice Review Workgroup.  While working in private environmental consulting, she managed over $23 million dollars of hazard remediation projects located in Virginia, Maryland and Washington D.C.  For more than 15 years, Ms. Huang has also devoted her personal time serving the public.  She was appointed to the Board for the VA Department of Professional and Occupational Regulations and to the Child Day Care Council with the VA Department of Social Services.  Ms. Huang is a graduate of Leadership Metro Richmond and in the past, held the position as president of Organization of Chinese Americans, secretary of Asian American Society of Central Virginia, chair of the Long-Range Planning with the Girl Scout Commonwealth Council and with the St. Edward-Epiphany School.  Presently, she enjoys working in her church ministries and being a mentor with the Micah Initiative and a Boy Scout counselor.

Photo of Richard A. Nunnally.Richard A. Nunnally
Representing: Citizens
Term Expires: June 30, 2012

Mr. Nunnally began his career with VA Tech’s Extension Service in Henrico County in 1968.  He served as Agriculture Agent and Unit Director in Chesterfield County from May 1975 until his retirement in July of 2002 with 34 years of service.  He holds a Masters Degree in Education from VA Commonwealth University and has received state and national awards for his work in public information.  In April of 1998, Richard was awarded the prestigious Alumni Award of Excellence in Extension at VA Tech’s Founders Day ceremony.  He is currently an adjunct instructor at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, writes a weekly column in the Saturday Times Dispatch Home and Garden section and is host of WCVE’s monthly gardening show “Virginia Home Grown” on PBS.

Photo of Robin A. Rinaca. Robin A. Rinaca
Representing: Production/Agriculture
Term Expires: June 30, 2012

Ms. Rinaca is general manager and owner of Eastern Shore Nursery, a wholesale grower of ornamental trees and shrubs. She is currently on the Board of Directors of Habitat for Humanity on the Eastern Shore and is active fund raising for Shore Memorial Hospital. Her professional positions include past president of the Eastern Shore Nurserymen's Association, past president of the Virginia Landscape and Nursery Association and served on the Board of Governors of the American Nursery and Landscape Association. She also served on the Board of Directors of Broadwater Academy and is currently a vice-chair of the Parent's Committee at St. Paul's School in Concord, NH. Ms. Rinaca received a B.S. from James Madison University.

Photo of Anne Barker-Smith.Anne Barker-Smith
Representing: Public Health/Environmental
Term expires: June 30, 2015

Anne Barker-Smith is President/Owner of A. Barker-Smith Consulting, LLC. She is a Professional Food Technologist with senior executive level experience, possessing extensive knowledge of a broad-base of products, quality assurance, domestic, and global food safety standards.  She has 30 years experience in the food industry, with a BS Degree in Food Science and Technology and a Masters in Agriculture & Life Science concentration in Food Safety both from VA Tech.  She is currently a member (founding member) of the Virginia Food Safety Taskforce, Institute of Food Technologist, and International Association for Food Protection.  Past industry activities include Virginia Food Processors Association (1997-2007), IFDA Food Safety Committee (2007), Governor Mark Warner’s Secure Virginia Taskforce (2002), and Speaker IFDA Conference (2000).  In 2006-2007, Anne was awarded VA Tech College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Outstanding Alumna (Department of Food Science and Technology); 2002-2003 included in America’s Registry of Outstanding Professionals; 1999 VA Tech Food Science Department Outstanding Alumni Award – Food Science Club; 1992-1993 the Worlds Who’s Who of Women; and 1991 Outstanding Associate Award – Pocahontas Foods, USA.

Photo of Joseph R. Wilson. Joseph R. Wilson
Representing: Commercial Sale/Structural Applicator
Term Expires: June 30, 2013

President and owner of PermaTreat, Inc., a commercial pest control company, Mr. Wilson has more than 32 years of experience in this field. He is a past director in the National Pest Control Association and a past president of the Virginia Pest Control Association. He was co-chairman of the Urban Pest Control Research Center steering committee, which was successful in raising more than $350,000 toward the establishment of the research center, the first of its kind in the nation, at Virginia Tech. He is past chairman of the Mary Washington Hospital Board of Directors and currently vice chairman of Medicorp Health System, the parent company of Mary Washington Hospital. Mr. Wilson, who was named 1987 Small Business Person of the Year in Virginia by the U.S. Small Business Administration, attended both Washington and Lee University and the University of Richmond.

Photo of Elizabeth White.Elizabeth (Liz) White
Representing: Commercial Sale/Applicator
Term Expires: June 30, 2013

Ms. White is Assistant Secretary-Treasurer of Green, Inc., a retail/wholesale supplier of crop protection products. A native of Winchester , VA , she has been affiliated with Green, Inc. for forty years. She also serves as Executive Secretary of the Virginia State Horticultural Society, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Virginia Agri-Business Council and the Northern Virginia Work Force Investment Board. In 1992, she was named Agri-Business Person of the Year by the Winchester-Frederick County Chamber of Commerce.

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