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First Lady Pamela Northam to Serve as Member of 2018 Virginia Women Veterans Summit Honorary Host Committee


First Lady Joins Former First Ladies Dorothy McAuliffe and Anne Holton, State Legislators and Other Distinguished Leaders from throughout the Commonwealth to Support June Event To Address Issues Facing Women Veterans

Virginia’s First Lady Pamela Northam has agreed to serve with two former First Ladies and other distinguished women from throughout the Commonwealth on the Honorary Host Committee for the 2018 Virginia Women Veterans Summit to be held June 14-15 in Alexandria.

“It is an honor to serve on this committee comprised of so many distinguished women from across the Commonwealth,” Mrs. Northam said. “We are coming together to show our support for this summit, which is dedicated to addressing the unique issues and opportunities facing the over 100,000 women veterans who have courageously served their country, and call Virginia home.”

According to Annie Walker, Director of the Veterans Education, Training and Education Program at the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), which is hosting the 2018 Virginia Women Veterans Summit, the Host Committee members are:

  • First Lady of Virginia, Pamela Northam
  • Former First Lady of Virginia, Dorothy McAuliffe
  • Former First Lady of Virginia and Secretary of Education, Anne Holton
  • Dr. Siobhan Dunnavant, Senate of Virginia
  • Jennifer Wexton, Senate of Virginia and Member, Board of Veterans Services
  • Kathleen Murphy, Virginia House of Delegates and Member, Board of Veterans Services
  • Terrie Suit, President, Virginia Association of Realtors and Former Virginia Secretary of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security
  • Brigadier General Allison Hickey, USAF (Ret.), Partner, The Spectrum Group and Former Undersecretary for Benefits, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Brigadier General Belinda Pinkney, USA (Ret.), CEO, Vet Life Solutions, Inc. and Member, Board of Veterans Services
  • Lieutenant Colonel Marie Juliano, USMC (Ret.) Program Manager, US Navy Metrology and Calibration Research and Development, and Chair, Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations
  • Karen Halvorson, USN, (Ret.), Virginia Director, Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA) and Member, Virginia War Memorial Board
  • Commander Kathleen Owens, USN (Ret.), President, Beach Development Corporation, and Member, Virginia War Memorial Board
  • April Cheek-Messier, Executive Director, National D-Day Memorial and Member, Virginia War Memorial Board

“We sincerely appreciate the willingness of our First Lady, our former First Ladies, and all of these outstanding women who are lending their support to our 2018 Virginia Women Veterans Conference,” said John L. Newby II, Commissioner, Virginia Department of Veterans Services. “Each of these individuals has a personal connection and respect for our military, some are veterans themselves, and some have a spouse who has served, or have a child currently serving on active duty.” The 2018 Virginia Women Veterans Summit will be held at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria. It is presented by the Virginia Department of Veterans Services in association with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Virginia National Guard, Virginia Employment Commission (VEC), Women Veterans Interactive, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) and the office of U.S. Senator Mark Warner.Seating is limited for the Summit and pre-registration is required. The registration fee is $25 per person. For more information, or to register, please visit 

About VDVS

The Virginia Department of Veterans Services (VDVS) operates 29 benefit offices throughout the state that assist military veterans and their families in filing claims for federal veterans benefits; two long-term care facilities offering nursing, assisted living, and domiciliary care for veterans; and three cemeteries that provide an honored final resting place for veterans and their families. VDVS provides veterans and family members with direct linkages to services including behavioral healthcare, housing, employment, education and other programs. The Department also operates the Virginia War Memorial, the Commonwealth’s monument to honor the memory and sacrifice of Virginia’s men and women who served and fought to defend our way of life from World War II to the present.