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VCOG Board of Directors meeting, July 11, 2023

July 11, 2023
2 p.m. via Zoom

In attendance: Paul Casalaspi (VP), Brian Colligan, Katy Evans, Maria Everett, Craig Fifer, Joe Fuentes (Treasurer), Chris Gatewood, Bob Gibson, Stephen Hayes (Secretary, by phone), Josh Heslinga, Lawrence McConnell (by phone), Bruce Potter, Jeff South (President). Also in attendance, Megan Rhyne (Executive Director) and Sue Asgari (Richardson Legal Fellow)

The meeting convened at 2 p.m. Rhyne introduced Asgari, the 2023 Richardson Legal Fellow from the University of Richmond School of Law., and the directors introduced themselves.

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VCOG Board of Directors Meeting, July 22, 2022

VCOG Board of Directors meeting
July 22, 2022
Via Zoom

In attendance: Jeff South (President), Paul Casalaspi (Vice President), Joe Fuentes (Treasurer), Stephen Hayes (Secretary), Betsy Edwards, Craig Fifer, Bob Gibson, Joshua Heslinga, Wat Hopkins, Lawrence McConnell, Bruce Potter, Jay Speer, Jonathan Williams, Anita Shelburne. Also in attendance: Megan Rhyne (executive director).

The meeting convened at 11:08. A quorum was present.

Rhyne reported that Anita Shelburne would be stepping off the board at the end of the year. Shelburne thanked the board.

Obituary for Forrest M. "Frosty" Landon

Read the obituary on Oakey's Funeral Home page

photo: Frosty Landon at the 10th anniversary gala in 2006, which established VCOG's endowment, allowing it to hire a full-time executive director after Landon's retirement. Pictured with him are VCOG's current director, Megan Rhyne, who worked for Frosty from 1998 until taking over VCOG in 2008, and Rhyne's husband, Mike Parker.

VCOG Board of Directors Meeting, Jan. 15, 2021

VCOG Board of Directors meeting, January 15, 2021, 3 p.m.

via Zoom

PRESENT: Acting President Paul Casalaspi; Treasurer Jeff South; Secretary Stephen Hayes; Brian Colligan; Lou Emerson; Maria Everett; Joe Fuentes; Bob Gibson; Isaiah Knight; Lawrence McConnell; and Bruce Potter. Also, Executive Director Megan Rhyne.

The meeting began at 3:06 p.m.

Rhyne thanked Casalaspi for stepping in to sever as VCOG president for the past several months after Dick Hammerstrom stepped down. Casalaspi said he was glad to help.

VCOG's Dick Hammerstrom steps down, acting president named

VCOG president to step down;
acting president named



CONTACT  Megan Rhyne | 540.353.8264 | mrhyne@opengovva.org

The Virginia Coalition for Open Government is saddened to announce that Dick Hammerstrom, an 11-year veteran of VCOG’s Board of Directors and president for the past 3-½ years, is stepping down from both positions for personal reasons.


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