Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: July 20, 2018
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Ofirah Yheskel,

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

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

Secretariat of Transportation

Amy Wight, Assistant Secretary of Transportation
Amy Wight has been appointed Assistant Secretary of Transportation. Amy most recently worked for Advanced Patient Advocacy, LLC, where she served as Director for Employee Success and External Education Services. Prior to that, Amy worked in the Virginia Office of the Attorney General for 13 years, serving as Director of the Gang Reduction and Intervention Program and as Special Projects Coordinator in the Public Safety and Enforcement Division where she coordinated legislative activities for the Office of the Attorney General.

Amy is a graduate of Wellesley College, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations and Italian Studies. She is Vice President and Community Liaison for the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle and serves on the Executive Committee of the Greater Fulton Civic Association.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Board of Trustees of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

  • Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge* of Brunswick County, County Administrator
  • Douglas Lee* of Lynchburg, Retired from BWXT

Cave Board

  • Anthony R. Bessette* of Richmond, Assistant Attorney General, Government Operations and Transactions Division, Office of the Attorney General
  • Mark Hodge of McDowell, Caver
  • Steve Lindeman* of Hayters Gap, Virginia, Land Protection Program Manager, The Nature Conservancy

Joint Leadership Council of Veterans Service Organizations

  • William B. Ashton* of Stafford County, Military and Veterans Agricultural Liaison, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Robert N. Barnette Jr. of Mechanicsville, Chief Master Sergeant (Retired), Virginia National Guard
  • Daniel Boyer* of Galax, Commander of Grayson VFW Post 7726 
  • John R. Clickener* of Tappahannock, Retired, U.S. Marine Corps
  • Craig D. Cressman of Arlington, Director of Education and Veteran Services, Navy Mutual Aid Association
  • James Cuthbertson* of Glen Allen, Retired Healthcare Executive and Entrepreneur, Texas Heart Institute, Cleveland Clinic, American Cardiac Care
  • Colonel Mike Flanagan of Richmond, USA RETD, President of Lee Chapter, Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
  • Steve Herbert* of Virginia Beach, former Deputy City Manager, City of Virginia Beach
  • Richard C. “Rick” Oertel* of Colonial Heights, Retired, U.S. Army
  • Jon Ostrowski* of Oakton, Executive Director, Non Commissioned Officers Association of America
  • Judith Reid of Chesterfield County, Fiscal Assistant, Virginia Department of Veterans Services
  • David Sitler* of Midlothian, Member, The Reserve Officers Association Department of Virginia
  • Perry C. “Ace” Taylor Jr.* of Salem, Roanoke Valley Veterans Council, JLC Representative
  • L. Timothy Whitmore* of Suffolk, Physician Assistant, Churchland Psychiatric Associates
  • Denice Faircloth Williams of Suffolk, Past Department Commander, DAV
  • Thomas G. Wozniak of Yorktown, Defense Contractor, Calvert Systems

State Certified Seed Board

  • Russell “Rusty” Owens of Dunnsville, Seed Buyer, Southern States Cooperative
  • Mark Simmons of Courtland, VC Farmer Stock Procurement Manger, Birdsong Peanut Co.

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and Public Policy

  • Megan Beyer of Alexandria, former Executive Director under President Obama, President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities
  • Marjorie Clark* of North Chesterfield, Retired Librarian from Chesterfield County Public Schools

*denotes reappointment 

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