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Seal of the Governor
For Immediate Release: December 6, 2019
Contacts: Office of the Governor: Alena Yarmosky, Alena.Yarmosky@governor.virginia.gov

Governor Northam Announces Administration Appointments

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

Office of the Chief Workforce Development Advisor

Meaghan Green, Special Assistant to the Chief Workforce Development Advisor
Meaghan Green has been appointed Special Assistant to the Chief Workforce Development Advisor. Meaghan previously served as Associate Communications Manager with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership and was a 2018 Governor’s Fellow in the Office of the Chief Workforce Development Advisor. Meaghan is a native of Richmond and graduated from the University of Chicago with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Policy.

Secretariat of Health and Human Resources

Catie Finley, Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Resources
Catie Finley has been appointed Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Resources. Prior to her appointment, Catie served as Professional Staff for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies. She has also served as Director of Scheduling for U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski and as a Staff Assistant for U.S. Senator Mark Warner. Catie is a Richmond native and graduated from the College of William & Mary with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.

Secretariat of Public Safety and Homeland Security

Danielle Crowley, Homeland Security Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Danielle Crowley has been appointed Homeland Security Policy Advisor to the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Prior to her appointment, Danielle served as a Special Assistant for Constituent Services in the McAuliffe administration before transitioning to the Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security and being reappointed by Governor Northam. Danielle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Christopher Newport University and completed her Master’s degree in Intelligence and International Security at King’s College London. She also previously served as a Junior Fellow and Research Assistant at the Center for American Studies.

Michaela Mizrahi, Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security
Michaela Mizrahi has been appointed Executive Assistant to the Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security. Prior to her appointment, she served as an intern and Legislative Fellow in the Virginia General Assembly and with the Office of the Secretary of the Commonwealth. Michaela is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations.

Secretariat of the Commonwealth
Board Appointments

Advisory Board on Midwifery

  • Becky Banks, CPM of Sterling, Licensed Midwife and Owner, Little Star Birth Services, LLC
  • Natasha Jones* of Portsmouth, Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Treatment Practitioner, Whole Village Counseling, Advocacy, Mental Health Services, LLC
  • Ami Keatts, MD* of Staunton, Physician

Board of Directors of the Virginia Recreational Facilities Authority

  • Kelvin C. Bratton* of Roanoke, Certified General Appraiser, City of Roanoke
  • Andrew Downs of Roanoke, Senior Regional Director, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Joel Keebler of Roanoke, Higher Education Administrator, Virginia Tech

Board of Psychology

  • Sally Singer Brodsky of Reston, Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Retired 
  • Christine Payne, BSN, MBA of James City County
  • Susan Brown Wallace, PhD* of Williamsburg, Psychologist, College of William & Mary

Board of Trustees of the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center

  • Mattie M. Cowan* of South Boston, CenturyLink Manager, Retired
  • The Honorable Dennis Witt* of Halifax County, Retired Superintendent, Halifax County Public Schools

Board of Visitors for Gunston Hall

  • Eileen Cassidy Rivera* of Alexandria
  • Tim Sargeant* of Fairfax
  • Ed Graber* of Fairfax

Common Interest Community Board

  • Jim Foley of Clifton, President, National Realty Partners, LLC
  • David S. Mercer, Esq. of Alexandria, MercerTrigiani LLP
  • Scott Sterling of McLean, Assistant to the President, IDI Group Companies

Commonwealth Council on Aging

  • John T. White, EdD, MSG, CDP of Richmond, Gerontologist

Statewide Independent Living Council

  • Leelynn Brady of Suffolk, Assistant to the Advocacy Coordinator, Aloha Independent Living Hawaii

Virginia Latino Advisory Board

  • Paul Berry* of Arlington, Director, Aegis Mobile
  • Diana Brown of Virginia Beach, Public School Administrator
  • Karina Kline-Gabel* of Harrisonburg, Lecturer of Spanish, James Madison University
  • Sergio Rimola, MD* of Herndon, Physician
  • Rodrigo Velasquez of Fairfax, Legislative Aide, Virginia House of Delegates
  • Walewska M. Watkins of Ashburn, Attorney, Legal Services of Northern Virginia
  • Cecilia Williams* of Fairfax, Spanish Instructor, Interpreter, and Translator

*denotes reappointment

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