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Wade A. Jewell
Executive Director
Email: wade.jewell@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-8540

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Wade Jewell has served Virginia state government since 1988. His early experiences include 15 years with the Department of Corrections (to include positions of financial systems, financial reporting and budget managers), and shorter financial and operational management stints with the Department of Social Services, the Department of Transportation and J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College. Prior to joining the Board of Accountancy, Wade spent three and a half years with the State Compensation Board, leaving as the Assistant Executive Secretary with responsibilities for the budget, finance, auditing, reporting and policy sections of the agency.

Prior to joining state government, Wade held numerous positions with Reynolds Metals Company and as Controller for Smith-Midland Corporation, a pre-cast concrete company.

As the Executive Director of the VBOA, Wade is responsible for providing regulatory enforcement, policy development, and coordination of services to constituents and stakeholders, budgeting, financial and operational management, and overall leadership to the organization. Wade holds a B.S. in Business Administration (Accounting) with honors from the University of Richmond. Wade is a 2004 graduate of the VDOT Executive Institute, a 2005 graduate of the Commonwealth Management Institute, a 2006 graduate of the Advanced Management Institute and a 2008 graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute. Wade is a former board member and treasurer of the Virginia Executive Institute Alumni Association. Wade currently serves on the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy’s (NASBA) Executive Director’s (ED) Committee and is a former member of NASBA’s Accounting Licensing Database (ALD) Committee and Strategic Planning group.

A “Virginian” since 1980, Wade is married with four children and five grandchildren. He most enjoys spending time with his wife, children, and grandchildren, living by his faith, spending time at the beach and is a sports enthusiast!

 

Chantal K. Scifres
Deputy Director
Email: chantal.scifres@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-0511

 

Mary T. Charity
Director of Operations
Email: mary.charity@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-0495

 

Rebekah E. Allen
Enforcement Director
Email: rebekah.allen@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-2006

 

Kelli L. Anderson
Communications Manager
Email: kelli.anderson@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-1586

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Kelli Anderson joined the staff in June 2014 as the Communications Manager. She is responsible for creating, implementing and managing the VBOA communications and public relations programs that effectively describe and promote the Board, including Web content, newsletters, social media and print collateral. Other responsibilities include serving as the agency safety officer, emergency coordination officer and maintenance of the continuity of operations plan.

Prior to joining the VBOA, Kelli worked at Virginia Commonwealth University in University Marketing as a member of the editorial and account teams. At VCU, she worked on a variety of marketing projects that included website redesigns, print publications and materials, and major rebranding campaigns.

Kelli holds a B.A. in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Journalism from Lynchburg College.

 

Laurie Burton
Investigator
Email: laurie.burton@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-0725

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Laurie Burton joined the Virginia Board of Accountancy in September 2016 as an Investigator.

She started in state government in 2007 as an Investigative Analyst in the Compliant Analysis and Resolution Section with the Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. Prior to working at DPOR, she spent 12 years at Capital One.

Laurie earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Russell Sage College in Troy, NY and a Post baccalaureate from the University of Richmond in Paralegal.

 

Melinda H. Haddon
Financial and Procurement Coordinator
Email: melinda.haddon@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-1101

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First serving as an Office Services Specialist with the state, Melinda Haddon has fulfilled a myriad of roles and brings a wealth of experience and more than 26 years of service to the Commonwealth. She joined the Virginia Board of Accountancy in November 2013.

Melinda’s duties for the VBOA include procuring goods and services, processing, verifying and reconciling financial transactions and reports, and overseeing leave reconciliations. She also provides general support to VBOA’s Executive and Deputy Director, as well as Board members.

Melinda came to the VBOA from the Virginia Department of Health, Office of Epidemiology, where she served as Grants Administrator.

Married with two boys, Melinda considers her two pets her children too. Her favorite vacation spot is the beach which she enjoys visiting in the family RV.

 

Patti B. Hambright
CPE/Peer Review Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
Email: patti.hambright@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-4880

 

Rai Minor
Investigator
Email: rai.minor@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-0728

 

Jennifer Prioleau
Administrative Assistant
Email: jennifer.prioleau@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-0502

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Jennifer Prioleau joined the VBOA staff in April of 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. She is in charge of answering calls, emails and handling the incoming mail. She also assists the other staff members.

Prior to joining the VBOA, Jennifer was a recent graduate of Christopher Newport University. Jennifer has a B.A. in Communications with a Film minor.

Christine K. Rappe
CPE Coordinator
Email: christine.rappe@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-1568

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Christine Rappe joined the Virginia Board of Accountancy in November 2013. She is responsible for administering the board’s continuing professional education (CPE) and peer review compliance review programs, and providing general support to the Director of Operations.

With more than 10 years of experience in Virginia state government, Christine began her career with the Commonwealth working for the State Corporation Commission where she served as a Senior Office Technician for the Clerk’s Office.

Christine came to the VBOA from Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation, where she served as a licensing specialist for the boards of Asbestos, Lead, Water Works and Waste Water Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals.

A graduate of ECPI, Christine earned her associate’s degree in Business Administration.

Nicholas R. Tazza
Assistant Manager, Licensing and Examination
Email: nicholas.tazza@boa.virginia.gov
Phone: (804) 367-1496