Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: June 15, 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 the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Assistive Technology Loan Fund Authority

  • Elise Nelson, CPA* of Glen Allen, The Winebow Group
  • Vanessa Rakestraw, PhD of Henrico, retired from Virginia Department of Aging and Rehabilitative Services

Commonwealth Transportation Board

  • Henry “Hap” Connors* of Fredericksburg, Independent Consultant
  • Allison DeTuncq* of Charlottesville, President and CEO, University of Virginia Community Credit Union
  • Bert Dodson, Jr. of Lynchburg, President and CEO, Dodson Pest Control
  • Stephen A. Johnsen* of Onancock, Retired Insurance Executive
  • W. Sheppard Miller III of Norfolk, President & CEO, Trident Utility Contracting
  • Marty Williams* of Henrico, Consultant, River City Strategies LLC

Poet Laureate of Virginia

  • Henry Hart of Williamsburg, English Professor, The College of William and Mary

State Board of Corrections

  • John Anderson* of Winchester, retired Probation / Parole Officer 
  • Heather Masters, MD* of  Mechanicsville, Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine and Associate Chief Medical Officer, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System
  • Karen Nicely, LPC of Ivor, Clinical Manager, Portsmouth Behavioral Healthcare Services
  • Bobby N. Vassar* of Richmond, Senior Counselor to the President, Bay Aging

*denotes reappointment

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