Delta Dental of Virginia Bolsters Board with Two New Directors

December 29, 2022

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Delta Dental of Virginia today announced the addition of Jacquelyn E. Stone, Partner at McGuireWoods LLP, and Elizabeth A. McClanahan, former Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia and Chief Executive Officer of The Virginia Tech Foundation, to its Board of Directors. The addition of Stone (Richmond) and McClanahan (Blacksburg) and their remarkable professional backgrounds immediately fortifies the Delta Dental of Virginia Board of Directors and provides unmatched professional guidance.

“The addition of Jackie and Elizabeth strengthens our Board of Director’s professional expertise and depth of experience,” said Frank Lucia, Delta Dental of Virginia president and chief executive officer. “We are eager to welcome two strong Virginia leaders to our Board and I look forward to their contributions as we work together to accomplish our mission to create more smiles and healthier people in the communities we serve.”

As CEO of The Virginia Tech Foundation (VTF), Justice McClanahan leads the team that manages the university’s endowment, real estate portfolio and Corporate Research Center, for the benefit of Virginia Tech’s strategic initiatives. Before joining VTF, McClanahan served as the President and Dean of Appalachian School of Law, located in Buchanan County, Virginia, her home county. After earning decades of legal experience across the public and private sectors, with significant work in the energy industry, she served as the Chief Deputy Attorney General of Virginia and on the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Her legal career culminated with her appointment by the Virginia General Assembly to Justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. McClanahan is an enthusiastic ambassador of Virginia’s Great Southwest region, where she currently resides; a strong advocate of Virginia 4-H; and an active member of the boards of Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine and Carilion Clinic. McClanahan has witnessed first-hand the importance of accessible, quality health care and is eager to assist Delta Dental in its efforts to support the safety net clinics and oral health initiatives that level the playing field for all dental patients.

Stone began her career as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives after obtaining an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and has since spent decades advising clients on government relations, regulatory and immigration matters. Following in her father's footsteps, Stone pursued a career in law and obtained her J.D. degree from Harvard Law School in 1985. Stone was the first Black female lawyer hired at McGuireWoods and in 1994, became the first Black woman partner in a major law firm in the Commonwealth. Stone is the former chair of McGuireWoods’ Diversity and Inclusion Committee, its Board of Partners and served as the firmwide hiring partner for more than 20 years. Among her many accolades, Stone has been recognized as a Virginia "Super Lawyer" and as one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business magazine. In 2018, she was honored as one of only six women to receive the prestigious National Women in Law Award for Lifetime Achievement by Corporate Counsel and InsideCounsel. Most recently, Stone was named to the "500 Leading U.S. Corporate Employment Lawyers” list by Lawdragon and selected as one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s Influential Women of Law.

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