On January 15, 2014 Ronald L. Lanier was reappointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe as Director of Virginia’s Department for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Also reappointed by Governor McAuliffe were William A. Hazel, Jr., Secretary of Health and Human Resources, Raymond Hopkins, Commissioner of the Department for the Blind and Vision Impaired, and James Rothrock, Commissioner of the Department for Aging and Rehabilitation Services.
“In our first meeting with Governor McAuliffe, he encouraged us to ‘try new things’, and I am looking forward to bringing that mantra to VDDHH,” said Lanier. “Looking ahead, my goals include continuing to delve into newer technologies and increase our Technology Assistance Program offerings as funds allow, as well as expanding our outreach efforts to grow our staff’s presence in the community. Also, through collaborations with our partners, we will work to establish a Communications Access Fund so that we can, in keeping with our mission, increase our impact on reducing communication barriers.”