Ms. Dee D. Gilmore was appointed to the Board of Visitors on July 1, 2010.
Ms. Gilmore attended Old Dominion University for two years following graduation from high school in 1974 and transferred to George Mason University in 1976. She received a B.S. in Business Administration, with concentrations in Marketing and Management, and graduated cum laude from George Mason University in December, 1978.
After working one year in retail management, Ms. Gilmore accepted a position with Virginia National Bank, one of the predecessor banks to what is today Bank of America. She spent six years at Virginia National Bank (including the merger period where the bank became Sovran Bank N.A.) as Director of Training responsible for a wide variety of training programs for officers of the bank statewide as well as direct management of the Management Training Program and the Management Trainees. She was responsible for the bank's Management Assessment Centers, a professional program encompassing three days of intensive simulations and exercises to assess the probable success of bank employees desiring to be considered for supervisory or management positions within the bank. She created, planned and managed a variety of training programs for time management, stress management, effective communication for managers, handling performance problems, and other management-related topics. She was asked to be part of the merger transition team to assess and assist with preparing employees from the separate organizations to become one entity.
Following her career with Virginia National Bank/Sovran Bank, she was a marketing and training consultant to several local banks, including First and Merchants and Bank of Tidewater. She assisted the organizations with assessment of training needs, developed training plans for different levels of employees, developed and conducted training for board members, planned employee meetings/retreats, and wrote employee newsletters.
In 1990, following her role as Volunteer Coordinator for Randy Forbes who was running for the Virginia House of Delegates, she became Delegate Forbes' Legislative Assistant in the House of Delegates. She stayed with Delegate Forbes in the House of Delegates from 1990-1997 and then in the Virginia Senate from 1997-2001. In June, 2001, when Senator Forbes was elected to the United States House of Representatives in a special election, she became his District Chief of Staff, setting up the 4th District of Virginia operations. After a year she transitioned to her current position of Chief of Staff, dividing her time between and the Washington, DC and District offices. As Chief of Staff, she has overall responsibility for the management of all operations of four offices, including the budget, staff, and other resources utilized in serving the more than 650,000 citizens in Congressman Forbes' District, particularly in three key areas - legislative, constituent services, and communications. She serves as the top liaison for Congressman Forbes with the state and local officials for the 18 localities represented in the 4th Congressional District.
Past and Present memberships and affiliations include: The American Society for Training and Development, the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce - Women's Division, The Chesapeake Rotary Club, the Great Bridge Woman's Club, the Virginia Republican Party, the Chesapeake Republican Party, the RAMS Club, PTA, and Daughters of the American Revolution.
Ms. Gilmore and her husband Frank reside in Chesapeake.