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Wade A. Jewell
Executive Director
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!


Mary T. Charity
Deputy Director for Operations
Phone: (804) 367-0495


Renai Reinholtz
Deputy Director for Finance and Administration
Phone: (804) 367-3032


Amanda E. M. Blount
Enforcement Director
Phone: (804) 418-4808


Rebekah E. Allen
Information and Policy Advisor
Phone: (804) 367-2006


Kelli L. Anderson
Communications Manager
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
Phone: (804) 367-0725

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Laurie Burton joined the VBOA 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
Phone: (804) 367-1101


Patti B. Hambright
CPE Coordinator and Administrative Assistant
Phone: (804) 367-4880


Rai Minor
Phone: (804) 367-0728


Jennifer Prioleau
Administrative Assistant
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
Phone: (804) 367-1568

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Christine Rappe joined the VBOA 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.

Michelle Strudgeon
Accounting Specialist
Phone: (804) 367-0511


Nicholas R. Tazza
Assistant Manager, Licensing and Examination
Phone: (804) 367-1496