Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: December 7, 2018
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Ofirah Yheskel,

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

RICHMOND—Governor Ralph Northam announced additional appointments to his Administration today.

Office of the Governor

Alena Yarmosky, Press Secretary
Alena Yarmosky has been appointed Press Secretary. Alena served as the Director of Communications and Advocacy for NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia from 2012 to 2016. More recently, Alena served as a communications consultant on a variety of policy initiatives. Alena earned a Master of Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Coal Surface Mining Reclamation Fund Advisory Board

  • Barbara Farmer Altizer of Jewell Ridge, Executive Director, Virginia Coal & Energy Alliance
  • Gerald D. Collins, P.E. of Wise, Owner, Coal Mining Engineering Services LLC
  • Chris Stanley* of Clintwood, Director of Engineering & Permitting, Clintwood Elkhorn Mining LLC
  • Donna Stanley* of Coeburn, Administrative Agent, Coalfield Water Development Fund

Virginia Latino Advisory Board

  • Melody Star Gonzales of Arlington, Senior Advisor for Latino Community Advocacy and Partnership Engagement, National Education Association
  • Edgar Lara of Charlottesville, Community Engagement Director, Sin Barreras Without Barriers

Virginia Marine Products Board

  • JC Hudgins of Mathews, Captain, JC Eco-Tours
  • Daniel Knott of Gloucester, Lieutenant Colonel, Retired, U.S. Army and Virginia Commercial Fisherman/Waterman

*denotes reappointment

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