Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: August 16, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alenaa Yarmosky,

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

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

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Advisory Council on PANDAS/PANS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders and Pediatric Acute-onset Neuropsychiatric Syndrome)

  • Teresa L. Champion* of Springfield, Secretary, Virginia Autism Project
  • Jessica Gavin* of Chesterfield, President and Founder, Pediatric Research and Advocacy Initiative (PRAI)
  • David Jaffe* of Henrico, Pediatric Neurologist
  • Stefanie Levensalor* of Norfolk, Senior Loan Officer, Towne Mortgage
  • Stacey Link, BSN, RN* of Moseley, Member, Virginia Association of School Nurses and Nurse, Chesterfield County Public Schools
  • Melissa Nelson, MD* of Richmond, Pediatrician, Pediatric Associates of Richmond
  • Aradhana Bela Sood, MD, MSHA, FAACAP* of Richmond, Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Senior Professor of Child Mental Health Policy at Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Susan E. Swedo, MD* of McLean, Scientist Emeritus, National Institute of Mental Health Intramural Research Program, National Institutes of Health
  • Wei Zhao, MD, PhD* of Chesterfield, Professor and Physician, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Aquaculture Advisory Board

  • Kimberly Huskey* of Yorktown, Vice President of Government Affairs, Ballard Fish and Oyster Company, Cherrystone-Aqua Farms
  • Dr. Michael Schwarz* of Virginia Beach, Director, Virginia Seafood Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Board of Nursing

  • Yvette Dorsey, DNP, RN of Richmond, Director of GYN-Surgical and OB/Antepartum Unit, Henrico Doctors Hospital
  • James L. Hermansen-Parker, MSN, RN, PCCN-K* of Norfolk, Nurse Specialist, Sentara Norfolk General Hospital
  • Dixie McElfresh, LPN* of Richmond, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medi Home Hospice
  • Felisa Smith, RN, BSN, MSA, MSN/Ed, CNE of Portsmouth, Registered Nurse, Norfolk State University

Milk Commission

  • Kevin C. Craun of Bridgewater

Veterans Services Foundation Board of Trustees

  • Robin Beres of Henrico, Deputy Opinions Editor, Richmond Times-Dispatch
  • Nicole B. Carry* of Norfolk, Senior Engineer Lead, ADP
  • Dr. Jack O. Lanier* of Richmond, Colonel (Retired), United States Army Medical Services Corp and Professor Emeritus, Virginia Commonwealth University Health System

Virginia Board for People with Disabilities 

  • Dianna L. Banks of Madison, Realtor, RE/MAX Regency
  • Theresa Simonds Casselman* of Fairfax, Senior Manager, Deloitte
  • Allison Coles-Johnson* of Henrico, Retired Nurse Manager
  • Molly McMunn Korte of Chesterfield
  • Madeline H. Nunnally of Henrico
  • Lindsay Pearse of Arlington, Director of Strategy and Operations, United Nations Foundation
  • Vasantha K. Rayman of Annandale, Retired Instructional Technology Resource Teacher
  • Chandra Robinson of King William County
  • Alexus Smith* of South Boston, Self-Advocate, Poet, and Writer

Virginia Council on Women

  • Nicole B. Carry of Norfolk, Senior Engineer Lead, ADP
  • Gail Gordon Donegan of Alexandria, Associate General Counsel, OptumInsight, Inc.
  • Ramunda Lark Young of Woodbridge, Co-Founder and Owner, MahoganyBooks 

Virginia Marine Resources Commission

  • John Edmund Tankard III* of Eastville, President, Tankard Nurseries

*denotes reappointment

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