For Immediate Release: June 15, 2018
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Ofirah Yheskel, | Secretariat of the Commonwealth, Caroline Corl,

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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