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Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: May 4, 2018
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, | Secretariat of the Commonwealth: Caroline Corl,

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

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

Secretariat of Commerce and Trade

Angela L. Navarro, Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Angela Navarro has been appointed Deputy Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Previously, she served as Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources under both Governor Northam and Governor McAuliffe where she focused on energy and clean air policies. Prior to her appointments, Angela spent five years practicing law with the Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC). While at SELC, she led the organization’s energy efficiency practice across a six-state southeastern region, and she was the organization’s lead attorney on energy matters in Virginia. Angela holds a business degree from the University of Florida and a law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Suzanne M. Holland, Executive Assistant, Secretary of Commerce and Trade
Suzanne Holland has been appointed Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Commerce and Trade. Prior to her appointment, Suzanne served as a Session Assistant with the Finance Committee in the Senate of Virginia and a project manager at a market research firm. She is a graduate of the University of Mary Washington, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Affairs.

Secretariat of Public Safety and Homeland Security

Curtis Brown, Chief Deputy State Coordinator, Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Curtis Brown has been appointed Chief Deputy State Coordinator at the Virginia Department of Emergency Management. He was previously appointed to the same position by Governor Terry McAuliffe in 2014. Curtis most recently served as Deputy Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security in the McAuliffe administration. He served as Regional Emergency Management Administrator for the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission and professional staff on the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.

Curtis earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Radford University, Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech, and Master of Arts in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is a graduate of the Virginia Executive Institute and FEMA’s Emergency Management Executive Academy.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Advisory Board on Athletic Training

  • Deborah Beck Corbatto, PhD, ATC* of Fairfax, Senior Associate Athletic Director for Performance, Well-Being and Risk Management, George Mason University
  • Michael Puglia, ATC, LAT* of Richmond, HCA Virginia Sports Medicine Head; Athletic Trainer for Thomas Dale High School

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission

  • The Honorable Monty Mason of Williamsburg, Virginia State Senate, 1st District
  • J. Bryan Plumlee of Virginia Beach, Attorney, Poole Brooke Plumlee P.C.

Board for Architects, Professional Engineers, Certified Interior Designers, Land Surveyors and Landscape Architects

  • Cameron C. Stiles, CID, FASID, LEED AP, NCIDQ* of Ashland, VP & Senior Director of Design Services, KSA Interiors
  • Chris Stone, PE, F.NSPE* of Virginia Beach, CEO, Clark Nexsen, Architects & Engineers
  • Michael Zmuda* of Mechanicsville, Professional Land Surveyor, Johnson, Mirmiran and Thompson (JMT)

Board of Accountancy

  • W. Barclay Bradshaw, CPA of Richmond, Principal, Harris, Hardy & Johnstone, P.C.

Center for Rural Virginia

  • Hope F. Cupit, CPA* of Forest, President & CEO, Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project, Inc.

Gas and Oil Board

  • Rita Surratt* of Clintwood, President/CEO, Dickenson County Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Director, Dickenson County
  • Mary Addington Quillen, Ph.D.* of St. Paul, Retired University Administrator and General Faculty

*denotes reappointment

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